Geneva is one of the great diplomatic and financial centers of the world – and it’s also home to some amazing wine bars. Here are some of our favorites.
Outfitted with all the most modern adornments and a wine-menu as well-famed for its breadth as selection of inclusion, the Boulevard du Vin is exemplary of the Genevan wine bar, and is among the most popular establishments in the city. Doubling as a wine-store and serving varieties of food-platters and tapas as accompaniments to the wine, the Boulevard du Vin is also the perfect place to stop in for a degustation (tasting) of some of their newest and most popular arrivals.
Address & phone number: Boulevard Georges-Favon 3, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 310 91 90
This vintner’s/wine-bar/restaurant on the Boulevard Helvetique has become a popular resort for wine-merchants, tasters, connoisseurs, and gastronomers from all parts of the city. Hosting frequent tasting sessions and a night-time atmosphere which rivals the most popular cocktail bar or night-club, Soleil Rouge is the ideal place for almost any occasion. Enjoy their acclaimed selections of tapas and cheeses over a glass of one of your favorites.
Address & phone number: Boulevard Helvétique 32, 1200 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 700 00 24
With a gorgeous location along the shores of Lake Geneva and set amid some of the city’s most famous attractions, Le Rouge et Le Blanc provides the perfect wind-down after a day of sight-seeing – and with an extensive wine-menu, great food, and attentive service, you may wonder why you didn’t come here sooner. Well-reviewed for their frequent tasting events, excellent wines, and commanding view of Lake Geneva, the Jura Mountians, and the famous Jet d’Eau, Le Rouge et Le Blanc is a staple of the Genevan wine scene – so be sure to make reservations in advance.
Address & phone number: Quai des Bergues 27, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland +41 22 731 15 50
This upscale establishment along the bustling Rue Ami-Lévrier combines the most natural pair in the world – wine and steak. A large venue, set about with beautiful leather-backed booths, plate, and modern painting, and host to an expansive catalogue of wines, steaks, salads, and desserts, Wine and Beef Levrier has earned a reputation as one of the most popular resorts for wine and steak lovers both local and international. With a large patio for open-air dining, this restaurant is best visited on warmer days, when the atmosphere of downtown can be imbibed with some of your favorite classics.
Address & phone number: Rue Ami-Lévrier 3, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 732 53 45
Qu’importe boasts one of the finest interiors of any wine bar in the city – with expansive flag-stone covered floor covered with deep leather armchairs, candle-lit tables, and a massive fireplace, Qu’importe provides a necessary escape from some of the more riotous establishments of downtown, and is less frequented by tourists. Specializing in French and Swiss wines with a solid assortment of Spanish and Argentinian varieties, stop by after a day of work or sight-seeing to a glass and platter of tapas on their out-door terrace, and enjoy while listening to the sounds of smooth jazz.
Address: Rue Ancienne 1, 1227 Carouge GE, Switzerland +41 22 342 15 25