Zurich's dive bars Watering holes from dawn to dusk

Issue: Issue2 2014
Swimming pools and lidos may be in plentiful supply in Zurich, however, as Jennifer Davies finds out, in some waterside venues the best time to visit is after sunset.

In a city which, according to latest studies, has more fountains in the world (1,200) and more public swimming pools than any other in Europe (25), the summer season brings out the scantily clad in all their sunbathing glory. For all of Zurich's poolside hotspots check out: www.badi-info.ch

When day turns to night however, it is Zurich's Badi-bars that come into their own. Favourite haunts of the cool Zurich crowd (or the terminally lazy who won't get off their beach towels until the early hours!), these after-dark lidos are some of the most beautiful summertime sights of the city, with lights twinkling over the water, illuminating the city or lake beyond. Here's the pick of these split-personality sunspots.

  

BY DAY & BY NIGHT: SEEBAD ENGE

Daytime offerings include a women-only sun deck and sauna – but there's also a multi- level mixed zone too, along with yoga, Shiatsu and massage. By night it's a bar on the lake overlooking the mountains and a viewing screen for this summer's football World Cup.  

 


BY DAY: SCHANZENGRABEN MÄNNERBADI/ BY NIGHT: BAR RIMINI

Enclosed by the old city walls, by day this lush green spot just off the city's banking district is for men only. By night it becomes the über-trendy Rimini bar complete with gigantic disco ball, DJs and the city's cool crowd.

 


  

BY DAY: FLUSSBAD OBERER LETTEN/ BY NIGHT: BAR PRIMITIVO AND PANAMA BAR


Day and night, an urban vibe attracts a cool crowd enjoying chilled beats at Bar Primitivo. On the other bank of the Limmat, the sun deck is for women only.

After dark it becomes part of the candle lit Panama Bar and Restaurant. 

 

 



BY DAY: FRAUENBAD STADTHAUSQUAI BY NIGHT: BARFUSSBAR (BAREFOOT BAR)

This landmark lido is right in the centre of the city overlooking the historic Niederdorf area of the city. As the name suggests, it is only for women in the daylight hours but after dark it transforms into one of the loveliest bars in Zurich.
     



Photos: Schanzengraben Männerbad & Rimini Bar both © Badi-info.ch

Frauenbad: Commons   Seebad Enge: Zurich Tourism  

Author: Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies was the Editor in Chief of Hello Switzerland in 2014. Her career started as a news reporter and newsreader at the BBC and she is the only English language journalist ever to have been awarded the top broadcast journalism prize from SRF (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation). Jennifer has lived and and worked for nearly a decade in Zurich, during which she has edited 7 magazines and broadcasted for BBC, SRF and Monocle among others, including international corporate clients.


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