Music & Nightlife

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

The best nightlife in Switzerland
Nightlife

The best nightlife in Switzerland

Discover some of the best clubs and nightlife spots across the country.

Zurich’s best clubs and nightlife
Nightlife

Zurich’s best clubs and nightlife

When it comes to experiencing an energetic nightlife scene and discovering some cool clubs, Zurich wins hands down over all the other Swiss cities.

Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs
Music

Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs

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

Switzerland's best live music venues
Music

Switzerland's best live music venues

Switzerland has a small but thriving live music scene, and here are a few of our favourite venues.

Discover Switzerland's best nightlife venues

The best nightlife in Switzerland
Nightlife

The best nightlife in Switzerland

Find some of the best clubs and nightlife venues across Switzerland.

Zurich’s best clubs
Nightlife

Zurich’s best clubs

When it comes to experiencing an energetic nightlife scene and discovering some cool clubs, Zurich wins hands down over all the other Swiss cities. Zurich has the highest density of nightclubs in all of Switzerland so it’s not hard to find a place to party late into the night, or even well into the morning after. There are a huge range of music genres and venue styles on offer but the most popular clubs, such as Aura and Jade, are quite splashy and flashy and frequented by the city’s so-called "somebodies”. The emphasis at these venues is more about dressing up than dressing down, with big drink prices to match the big house sounds. Hipsters head over to Zurich West for a more gritty nightlife experience such as the intimate basement style of Zukunft and it’s edgy electro sounds. Plaza is one of the few that pulls off of a cool atmosphere, fun people, stylish surroundings and great DJ names. So read on for our guide to more clubs where you can get your groove on in Zurich.

Le Lido • Lausanne

Le Lido • Lausanne

This characterful venue in central Lausanne hosts a wide range of entertainment, from comedy and cabaret to karaoke and improv, plus regular club nights on weekends.

Supermarket  • Zurich

Supermarket • Zurich

This former garage set the standard in Zurich for undergound parties and pioneered the idea of working with external organisers - meaning guests can enjoy nights with a difference.

Weetamix  • Geneva

Weetamix • Geneva

Hidden away in a drab industrial zone, this club is literlally far away in music and style from the more glossy but mainstream clubs and bars in the city centre of Geneva. 

Nordstern Technoclub • Basel
Nightlife

Nordstern Technoclub • Basel

A gigantic technoclub, Nordstern specialises in bringing techno to the discerning masses. 

Recommended live music and concert venues

Moods • Zurich
Nightlife

Moods • Zurich

Zurich's finest address for jazz music has been named one of the 150 best jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat magazine and hosts over 300 concerts a year. Come here for live music as diverse as jazz, pop, world or electro, and dance the night away on Fridays or Saturdays.

Volkshaus • Zurich

Essential local culture spot for live music and alternative performing arts, showcasing 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
Bars and pubs

Chat Noir • Geneva

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

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Kaserne • Basel

Kaserne • Basel

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

LGBT guide and venues

Switzerland’s best LGBT clubs
Music

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 alpenhorn-apotheosizing and minaret-marginalising traditionalism, the Swiss have for many decades taken a world-leading stance on gay and lesbian rights. Same-sex relations were decriminalised here in 1942, and on New Year’s Day 2007 a referendum made Switzerland the first country on Earth where gay civil unions were voted in by the public, not just parliament – and by a massive majority. Today Zurich, which happens to have a chic lesbian mayor in Corine Mauch, is very much Switzerland’s LGBT capital, as well as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, with bars, cafes, saunas and clubs adding up to dozens of gay venues. The old town’s Barfüsser is considered Europe’s oldest gay hostelry and the annual Zurich Pride event now draws around 45,000 pink party people. Bern, Geneva and Basel all have bijou scenes, in particular the restaurant Hirscheneck in Basel being a particular influential name, but it’s little Lausanne’s young, student-rich population who have pushed forward a vibrant nightlife culture which has produced a dynamic, international LGBT scene and venues such as 43&10. Free print and online LGBT magazines including 360°, CR and Display are great for getting up to date news on events all over the country. 2014 saw Swiss LGBT culture establish another milestone, one that is bringing its trailblazing history belated credit,

SUD • Basel
Nightlife

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 and theatre to DJ nights and LGBT club queerPlanet and even poetry slams. With palm trees and a disco ball, it’s a cheerful sort of place, particularly during happy hour. It also serves delicious tapas and a decent Sunday brunch.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Männerzone • Zurich
Nightlife

Männerzone • Zurich

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

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs

Cranberry • Zurich

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

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Le Déclic • Geneva
Nightlife

Le Déclic • Geneva

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 those horrid wavy mirrors from Ikea. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars