Geneva is known as a quiet, rather uptight place and the nightlife is often said to be better along the road in Lausanne. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time here, just expect to pay for it. Here we break down the best clubs that Geneva has on offer, from the dress-to-impress exclusive high-roller clubs, to those that are a little more chilled about the shoe policy.
Don’t expect a cheap night at the Java Club, where the drinks which come by the bottle only, are all 50 francs and above. This ultra-modern club is tucked below the Grand Hotel Kempinski, and if you want to experience the high-life of Geneva ’s privileged classes, there’s no better place. If you prefer to keep your distance and save your cash, you can put some trendy house music on and take the virtual 3-D tour.
Reggae, Latino music, hip-hop, RnB: you name it and Mambo Club likely plays it. This club covers two floors, with the bottom level becoming a dance floor after 11pm and the top a dedicated cocktail bar , where you can recover your energy and enjoy live music on occasion. Mambo Club is in the heart of Paquis, Geneva ’s red-light district, so expect things to be lively.
Thankfully, Geneva ’s clubs aren’t all strict with a dress code. If you’re up for a more alternative affair, then L’ Usine may be the place for you. Housed in an old factory, it’s dark and grungy. Club nights are mixed with live shows, featuring artists that span almost every genre of music imaginable, from punk rock to techno. L’ Usine is certainly not for everyone and it’s best if you leave your heels and suit jackets at home. There are few rules here, or not ones that are followed anyway.
Le Bar oque
Le bar oque announces itself not as a club but as a “universe” and a “signature”, telling you everything you need to know about this fashionable venue for the young and wealthy of Geneva . Its saving grace is the lack of a cover charge at the door – you’ll realise why when you get in and pay for your first drink – and the decent and eclectic mix of music.
Le Chat Noir
The off-beat district of Carouge is home to Le Chat Noir, a chilled out bar with a cellar that doubles as a club and live music venue. The club regularly hosts DJs, jazz musicians, rock bands and many others. Here, you can easily escape from all the glitz and high-end fashion of the ‘posh’ clubs and concentrate on the basics – having a good time.
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