From May onwards, Zürich's numerous outdoor bars are amazing places to have a drink and chill out. And the outdoor season can last until October with temperatures up to the mid-twenties - giving you an (almost) Mediterranean feeling!
So here are our top 10 Zürich outdoor bars! Try them one by one and you will be ready to start right over...
In the heart of the city, trendy and cozy. You can have a swim there, enjoy one of the two Arabic style lounges, order a pizza and zip a Mexican or Swiss beer.
They play good music in the evenings, and Rimini Bar usually closes at midnight.
By far the best place to combine swimming and cocktail zipping! The entrance is free, as well as deck chairs, showers and changing rooms.
Want some thrill? Jump from the Kornhausbrücke - at your own risk, of course!
Cocoa Beach (previously known as City Beach)
In the trendy industrial Hardbrücke quarters, on top of a parking lot, you will find this very special beach bar.
Cocoa Beach features a small swimming pool and nice panoramic views on this up and coming urban district. Cocoa Beach is perfect for a warm-up before night clubbing... Xtra is just a few floors down!
Frau Gerolds Garten
Cargo containers, designers' shops, barbecue food, a bar, a restaurant and live music: Frau Gerolds Garten is an unmissable place in the summer! This hang-out spot is located right next to the flagship Freitag shop and the Prime Tower, and just a few steps from the Viadukt market.
My recommendation: Enjoy a few drinks and the music, then have dinner at the Viadukt restaurant next to Josefswiese park!
Seebad Enge Kiosk
A trendy (and often packed) floating beach and bar. With its very own lake pool... And thanks to their plastic cups, drinking and swimming can be combined!
Previously known as Acqua, QUAI 61 has a nice upper deck where you will have an amazing view on the lake and the mountains. On the ground floor, there is a nice restaurant which makes you feel like being on an ocean liner.
Where else in Zürich can you find great food, a breeze and ceiling fans?
This place used to host the very first city beach bar. If you fancy gambling and gaming, the The Lake Side is also part of the Zürihorn casino... Finally, a strategic location for cinema lovers during summer: Lake Side is located only a few steps away from the popular Orange outdoor cinema.
This boat rental in Seefeld owns a floating platform where you can enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun go down! One of the best after-work spots to relax!
If you want to feel like floating on a yacht in the harbor of Monaco, Seerose is the place to be! Zürich's only floating restaurant is also a nice place for a romantic dinner...
If you are looking for a down-and-dirty Biergarten, Bauschänzli near Bürkliplatz might just be your place. Beer, music, and more beer. What else can you ask for?
My advice: If you want to try something local, have a "Gespritzter Süsser"!
(Photographs copyright by Quai 61, Seerose Restaurant, Lake Side, Tripadvisor)
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