Lucerne: Where to drink and relax

Many people underestimate Lucerne and prefer to spend their vacations in Zurich. However, Lucerne's nightlife is much livelier at times. A great way to get to know the city is to visit its most famous bars.

1. Weisse Schaf and Schwarze Schaf

These are two bars in one building. The names are intriguing in themselves: "White Sheep" and "Black Sheep". Both bars are aimed at young customers, but the design is very different. At Das Weisse Schaf you'll find a stylish interior, a relaxed atmosphere and a rather large cocktail list. Das Schwarze Schaf, on the other hand, is much more colorful, even bohemian. Here you will find a great dance floor, which is interestingly combined with crystal chandeliers.

2. La Madeleine

Once upon a time, the premises of this bar housed a movie theater for adults. Today, you'll find some of Lucerne's best musicians, artists and general creatives here. The atmosphere of the place reflects its past: neon lights of bright pink and purple colors are burning everywhere. The bar also manages to be a full-fledged venue for alternative music. Every Wednesday is salsa night. It is accompanied by a stellar playlist of Latin and African hits from resident DJ Theo. The atmosphere is very energetic.

3. Louis Bar and Hemingway Rum Lounge

Louis Bar is named after Louis Armstrong and the decor quite reflects his spirit. If you're looking for something Art Deco, this is the place to go. The bar is located in the Montana Hotel and offers live jazz. You'll find a wonderful collection of over 130 varieties of scotch whiskey. Very close by is the Hemingway Rum Lounge. This place is also very atmospheric - a cigar bar with more than 60 varieties of rum, inspired by the works of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway.

4. Bar Capitol

If you want to keep the noise down, this is the bar for you. The atmosphere is very relaxed and perfect for a get-together with friends. The bar offers more than 150 alcoholic drinks and live soccer matches. You can also try the famous Swiss flammkuchen and schnitzel. Please note that the Capitol Bar is non-smoking.

5. Bourbaki Bar

A chic bar for special occasions. This place is located in the art house cinema Bourbaki. Different art events are held here all the time. A good cocktail list and specialty sandwiches from Bourbaki's extensive after-movie menu add to the atmosphere. The bar's location makes it even more attractive.

6. National Bar

An institution for those looking for sophistication. The room here is decorated in Belle Époque style. The bar itself is part of the Grand Hotel National and has remained unchanged since the 1870s. The range of cocktails is reminiscent of a bygone era. Here you can try such classics as the French 75 and Sazerac and get a taste of 19th century luxury.

7. Car Bar Max

Great for car lovers. The bar has a very friendly staff and great parties. This place is very popular among locals. The cocktail list here is pretty good, and the huge burgers and lunch sets make it a decent daytime spot. If you're looking for an alternative to the more formal and expensive establishments in the city, this is the place to go.


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