There’s no shortage of bars in Zurich where you can get a pint, but for a truly spectacular cocktail experience, you’ll need a bar with artful creations that are as divine as the city itself. Read on for the best cocktail bars in Zurich, Switzerland.
Kronenhalle Restaurant and Bar is a sophisticated, centuries-old restaurant decorated with green leather sofas and mahogany panels lined with original works of art from Chagall to Mirò. Try the world championship winning cocktail named Ladykiller, created at Kronenhalle Bar by bar manager Peter Roth. Or go for the olio nobile, made with olive oil, gin and fruit juice. Since the bartenders here, especially Roth, love mixing things up, customers are sure to find something new and interesting each time they stop by.
Located at the Widder Hotel, Widder Bar may be Zurich’s most famous bar. You will be amazed at the Library of Spirits set up behind the bar containing over 1,000 bottles, 250 of which are their famous international malt whiskey collection. So, obviously the cocktail list is long and varied, and bar manager Dirk Hany is another innovative bartender, one who doesn’t shy away from mixing vodka with mustard and cucumber. In the spring and fall, they feature acclaimed jazz musicians selling out shows.
The ONYX Bar at Park Hyatt Zurich is another of the city’s famous trendy cocktail spots. The bar is decorated in bronze, aqua, and onyx stone lit up from inside, giving the bar its name, and features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the summer terrace. Their menu features some classics with a twist, and plenty of innovation. The barrel aged cocktail is ONYX’s specialty. Try the how passion falls cocktail, an ONYX original martini with mandarin vodka, lime cordial, and raspberry created by Tom Schulze.
Raygrodski Bar is a classic minimalist bar space with simple, cozy decor with plain walls, leather couches, and dim lighting; and when the weather is nice, guests can take their drinks to the tables outside. The bar is named for doctor and sexual reformer Paulette Brupbacher-Raygrodski whose profile adorns the bar’s logo. On weeknights, you can ask your bartender for personal recommendations and on the weekends, Raygrodski Bar gets quite busy with a lively crowd.
Cafe, Diner, Bar, Restaurant, European, Pub Grub, $$$
ODEON is a historic cafe, bar, and restaurant with a central location and a nostalgic ambience. Opened in 1911, ODEON has seen nine decades of political, economical, and social turmoil. Many writers, artists, and musicians frequented the ODEON, and by WWI it became a hub for the political and intellectual elite. Now, this place is popular with all kinds of people and remains a monument of Zurich’s culture and history. They serve plenty of classic cocktails and their kitchen is open until an hour before closing time.