Music & Nightlife

Find the best clubs and nightlife in Swiss cities, plus where to see the best live music shows and concerts

The best nightlife in Switzerland

Don't miss a beat with our guide to the city's top nocturnal spots, including the best live music venues and the coolest clubs in the country

The best bars in Switzerland

The best bars in Switzerland

Discover some of our favourite drinking spots and find out where to track down the finest cocktails from around the country

The 10 best bars in Zurich

The 10 best bars in Zurich

From swish cocktail lounges to boozy DJ bars, the best bars in Zurich cater to every taste and budget

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    Moods • Zurich

    Zurich's finest address for jazz music has been named one of the 150 best jazz clubs in the world and hosts over 300 concerts a year

    Volkshaus • Zurich

    Volkshaus • Zurich

    This essential local culture spot for live music and alternative performing arts showcases established and upcoming names, both local and international

    Les Docks • Lausanne

    Les Docks • Lausanne

    Lausanne’s premier live music venue, Les Docks is the place to go to see edgy international bands in an intimate environment. 

    Chat Noir • Geneva

    Chat Noir • Geneva

    4 out of 5 stars

    Away from the city centre, this live music club in Carouge promises a fun night out. 

    Kaserne • Basel

    Kaserne • Basel

    The largest venue in north-west Switzerland for contemporary theatre, dance, performance arts and innovative live music. 

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    LGBT guide and venues

    Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

    Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

    The LGBT party scene in Switzerland offers something for everyone, from relaxed, mixed-queer shindigs to sweaty danceathons. For all their...

    SUD • Basel

    SUD • Basel

    Making good use of the spacious former Warteck brewery building, this cocktail bar, music venue and cultural centre has a wide range of events, from concerts...

    Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

    The LGBT party scene in Switzerland offers something for everyone, from relaxed, mixed-queer shindigs to sweaty danceathons. For all their...

    Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

    Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

    The LGBT party scene in Switzerland offers something for everyone, from relaxed, mixed-queer shindigs to sweaty danceathons. For all their...

    SUD • Basel

    SUD • Basel

    Making good use of the spacious former Warteck brewery building, this cocktail bar, music venue and cultural centre has a wide range of events, from concerts...

    Männerzone • Zurich

    Männerzone • Zurich

    3 out of 5 stars

    Heroically unreconstructed, the Männerzone bar draws a more mature crowd. 

    Cranberry • Zurich

    Cranberry • Zurich

    4 out of 5 stars

    This two-floor establishment has been amongst Zurich's most popular gay bars for a couple of decades, always busy, always bustling. 

    Le Déclic • Geneva

    Le Déclic • Geneva

    3 out of 5 stars

    Kitsch-phobics, look away now. The oldest gay bar in Geneva, Le Déclic is a riot of Roman columns, plastic palm trees, fairy lights, animal prints and...