Geneva City sparkles when the sun goes down. Geneva might be better known as a the gateway to the Swiss and French Alps, but it is a bustling, diverse city in its own right. This means that there is plenty to keep visitors busy when it comes to the kind of nightlife which is on offer. The idea of the straight-laced Swiss comes well and truly apart when you spend a little bit of time exploring Geneva City after dark.
One thing which might strike first time visitors to the city is the way in which different sections of society mix and mingle. Smart suited business types, patrician elders, students and workers mix in night spots in the city with great tolerance. This makes for a nice and polite atmosphere, but sometimes it lacks a little bit of the kind of edginess which can make for a really great night out.
The Geneva Tourist Office can actually provide some excellent information about where the city’s best nightspots are, and there is also an excellent guidebook available from them called Genève Le Guide. This provides the latest nightlife listings, and can be relied upon to provide the kind of local detail that you need to find out where the best parties are taking place.
One venue which every visitor should make sure that they check out is the FloorTWO Bar. Located at Quai du Mont Blanc 19, in the second floor of the Grand Hotel Kempinski, this bar offers one of the best views in Geneva from its windows. There is more to keep you entertained than just the view though, with a great cocktail list on offer. DJs also take to the decks later on in the evening.
For those visitors who prefer something elegant and refined, they could do a lot worse then head to Arthur’s Rive Gauche. This sophisticated hang-out has a terrace which is popular in the summer. There is also a restaurant here which serves excellent food. This is not the kind of place where you can enjoy a beer at the bar though, so be prepared to dress smartly and keep plenty of cash in your wallet.
Weetamix is a club for dance heads, where the DJs spin tunes until the early hours of the morning. A gay-friendly club, lots of foreign star DJs play sets here. For a more mainstream, commercial clubbing experience, visitors may prefer to head to Gold & Platinum, located at Quai du Seujet 18-20. This upmarket venue is usually open until 5am on most nights.
With other bars and restaurants to explore, you are sure to find somewhere in Geneva where you can enjoy a memorable night out. Keep your eyes open and chat to locals and you might even find some less well known gems to enjoy too.
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