These two bars, operating under the same roof, have very different personalities, as their names (“the white sheep” and “the black sheep”, respectively) suggest. Das Weisse Schaf is where Lucerne’s young, professional crowd go for a night out. The decor is stylish and contemporary, with a few eclectic touches, like a painting of a humanoid sheep in 19th-century clothing. The mood is relaxing and the huge cocktail menu perfect for long conversations with friends. Das Schwarze Schaf, on the other hand, is the more flamboyant, wilder twin, with huge crystal chandeliers and mesmerizing patterns projected onto the walls around its dance floor.
Das Weisse Schaf and Das Schwarze Schaf, Frankenstrasse 2, Lucerne, Switzerland. +41 (0)41 210 43 35
Part of the Grand Hotel National, this elegant bar is an old favorite. The interior is decorated in a stunning Belle Époque style, unchanged since the 1870s. The cocktail selection, too, is like a trip back in time, featuring classic concoctions like the French 75, Sazerac, and Brandy Alexander. The hotel’s sumptuously decorated rooms have been favored by monarchs and foreign dignitaries for years, and a visit to the National Bar is an easy way to get a taste of 19th-century luxury.
National Bar, Grand Hotel National, Haldenstrasse 4, Lucerne, Switzerland. +41 (0) 41 419 09 09
Located in the KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Center), Seebar’s sleek, modern decor and great views of Lake Lucerne make it a great venue for special occasions and pre-concert drinks. Excellent dinner and lunch menus are available, but the real highlight is the selection of tiki- and tropical-themed cocktails. During festivals, the Seebar is one of the best places to people-watch in Lucerne, since many performances and events take place in the KKL.
Seebar, KKL Luzern, Europaplatz 1, Lucerne, Switzerland. +41 (0) 41 226 73 08