Restaurant Hirscheneck

  • Nightlife
  • Altstadt Kleinbasel (central Kleinbasel)
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

An eye-opening Basel institution run by a highly politicised collective for arty alternative types and LGBT patrons.

A bar, restaurant, music venue and club in one, Hirscheneck is a venerable and eye-opening Basel institution, run since 1979 by a highly politicised collective for arty alternative types as well as the LGBT patrons who are its core clientele. Dining, which is mainly on vegetarian and vegan fare with a few organic meat dishes thrown in, takes place at long canteen tables, and generally comes with a side order of philosophical or left-leaning political discourse with your neighbours – a refreshing change in this most buttoned-down of burgs. Then there’s the nightlife, whose wildly varied scope includes punk and thrash bands, world music DJ sets, comedy shows, lesbian and transgender discos and good old-fashioned homo dance parties. Recently reopened after an extensive renovation, it’s a ballsy, brainy and beautiful mould-breaker.


Lindenberg 23
Tram 1, 2, 6, 8, 14, 15, 16; Bus 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42
Admission varies according to event
Opening hours:
Restaurant: 11am-midnight Tue-Thu; 11am-1am Fri; 2pm-1am Sat; 10am-midnight Sun. Bar, club and concert: opening times vary
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