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If you’re craving a night out on the town, you’ll be pleased to know that over the past 20 years, Zurich has blossomed into one of Europe’s great nightlife capitals.
Forbes Travel Guide’s editors suggest starting an evening in one Zurich’s diverse bars. They range from quiet traditional pubs and beer halls (like the art-filled Kronenhalle Bar and high-ceilinged Bierhalle Kropf) to cool cocktail joints (the super-spacious LaSalle Bar and mega-stylish Onyx Bar). For livelier atmosphere, go to a live music bar like Mascotte for rock-and-roll, Moods for jazz and blues or a popular gay bar, such as the chic Barfüsser or the bustling AAAH!
But things really come to life later in the evening — around 11 p.m. or midnight — with Zurich’s many nightclubs. Some of the city’s best-known after-dark venues include Club Indochine and Club Diagonal (for live international DJs), Hive (for world-class techno/electro music), Blue Note (for soothing jazz) and Latin Palace (for samba beats). If you’re feeling lucky, you can always try one of the city’s many high-stakes casinos.