The Ruden Bar and Stars Bar are part of the five-star Zermatterhof hotel, built by a 19th century citizens’ cooperative and central to the town’s history as a world-renowned ski resort. The Ruden has a more relaxed atmosphere, with an open fireplace and a selection of snacks, making it a great place for a casual chat or meeting. The Stars Bar, on the other hand, is slightly more formal and sophisticated, with an extensive cocktail menu and decor resembling a Victorian gentlemen’s club.
One of the newest sports bars in Zermatt, The Cable Car is a lively, sociable venue where you can enjoy a pint and meet new people over a game of pool, darts, or even bowling. Major sporting events, like the Six Nations Championship, are screened at The Cable Car, which also hosts a weekly open mic night. As might be expected for a venue that hosts events like the “Ultimate” UV Party, The Cable Car’s patrons tend to be younger and very international.
The Cable Car, Schulmattstrasse 3, Zermatt, Switzerland. +41 (0) 78 798 75 58
For a more sophisticated and quiet night out, head to Hotel Alex, where the atmosphere is a combination of rustic Swiss chalet and opulent 19th century mansion. The drinks menu is definitely on par with the best cocktail bars in the area, but what really sets Hotel Alex apart are the delicate crepes and blinis (with salmon or caviar) that are served in the early evening.
Lounge Bar, Hotel Alex, Bodmenstrasse 12, Zermatt, Switzerland. +41 (0) 27 966 70 70