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Bern Nightlife

Nightlife in Bern is a vibrant and ever-changing cocktail of bars, clubs and Irish pubs. Bern also has several theatres offering opera, orchestra and dance performances.

Bars in Bern


A café by day – notable for a devotion to good coffee and locally sourced food – busy but laid-back Adriano’s becomes a cocktail venue each evening, with the after-work crowd drawn by the prospect of freshly made daiquiris, mojitos and Moscow Mules.

Address: , Theaterplatz 2, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 318 8831
Website: http://adrianos.ch


You can't really go wrong with Lorenzini, with its music bar, cocktail bar and New York-style wine bar. It’s been a fixture on Bern’s drinking (and dining) scene for more than 40 years. As the name might suggest, it has a particularly good choice of Italian wines.

Address: , Hotelgasse 10, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 318 5067
Website: http://www.bindella.ch/de/lorenzini.html

Sky Terrace

Set at the top of the swish Hotel Schweizerhof, this terraced bar offers a breathtaking panoramic view over the rooftops of the city. The drinks selection is good too, with cocktails and champagne on the menu. And if the weather’s nippy, the hotel also has a lobby lounge bar downstairs.

Address: , Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern, 3001
Telephone: +41 31 326 8080
Website: http://www.schweizerhof-bern.ch/en/restaurants-bars/detail/id/2270/sky-terrace

Clubs in Bern


The Kulturhallen Dampfzentrale hosts a regular Saturday club night and is also is a cultural centre and live music venue, putting on a diverse range of shows by performers from different parts of the world. It’s set in a one-time fossil-fuel power plant from the early 1900s.

Address: , Marzilistrasse 47, Bern, 3005
Telephone: +41 31 310 540
Website: http://dampfzentrale.ch/en

ISC Club

A medium-sized alternative venue with an eclectic programme of live music, club nights and other events. In terms of genres, you might encounter anything from electro punk to psychobilly.

Address: , Neubrückstrasse 10, Bern, 3012
Telephone: +41 31 302 5236
Website: http://www.isc-club.ch

Le Ciel

Spinning house and R’n’B and attracting a fashion-conscious clientele, Le Ciel has been hosting glamorous club nights since its opening in 2010. International DJs occasionally appear, and there’s a large dance floor of more than 250 square metres.

Address: , Bollwerk 31, Bern, 3011
Website: http://www.le-ciel.ch

Live music in Bern

Casino Bern

A late baroque concert hall playing home to the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Casino has hosted ensembles from around the world for more than a century. It still schedules regular performances, from classical to jazz, and the venue also has some strong restaurants. Casino Bern will reopen in September 2019.

Address: , Casinoplatz 1, Bern, 3011
Telephone: +41 31 328 0200
Website: http://www.casinobern.ch


Putting on alternative and experimental acts since 1987, this much-loved loft venue has earned its live music stripes several times over. Recent times have seen performances from a whole panoply of rock, electronica, ska and hip-hop acts. Check the on-site listings to see who’s in town.

Address: , Neubrückstrasse 8, Bern, 3001
Telephone: +41 31 306 6961
Website: http://www.dachstock.ch

Marians Jazzroom

In Marians Jazzroom, located at the Hotel Innere Enge, Bern has one of Switzerland's finest jazz clubs, attracting leading international performers of blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and soul. It's been staging live jazz for over 25 years.

Address: , Engestrasse 54, Bern, 3012
Telephone: +41 31 309 6111
Website: http://www.mariansjazzroom.ch

Classical music in Bern

Dance in Bern

Theatres in Bern

Music and Dance in Bern

Culture in Bern

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Unique Hotel Innere Enge Bern

Located in a park overlooking central Bern, this luxury hotel oozes personality and style. Home to one of the country's best jazz clubs, Marians Jazzroom, it also has two excellent restaurants. All 26 rooms are individually decorated (some with a jazz theme) and each has Wi-Fi access. The hotel also has conference rooms.

Hotel Schweizerhof

Boasting more than 150 years of history – not to mention a guest book that features the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly – the high-end Hotel Schweizerhof remains one of Bern's go-to luxury properties. It benefited from a two-year renovation in 2009. As well as some great restaurants and bars, it also has a spa, cigar lounge and conference rooms.


This friendly 2-star bed and breakfast hotel boasts a central yet quiet location at the heart of old Bern, near the BearPark, the river and the clock tower. The 12 simple rooms are basic but comfortable. There is also a popular café bar and summer pavement terrace.

Hotel National Bern

Hotel National Bern is a family-run hotel built in 1908 and continues to offer bags of character, from its exposed room beams to its original fin-de-siècle lift. The location’s good too, with the central train station just five minutes away. There’s a free welcome drink and 10% discount voucher for the restaurant for all weekday guests.

Hotel Continental

The Continental is an Oslo institution that has been run by the same family for four generations and is more than a century old. Situated in the heart of Oslo, next to the National Theatre, the hotel is known both for outstanding service and restaurants as well as its links with the Oslo arts scene.

Best Western Hotelbern

A solid bet for a mid-range stay, with an Old Town location five minutes' walk from the train station. Its impressive art nouveau exterior hides a more modern interior, and there's a good restaurant on site – the Volkshaus 1914. The property sits adjacent to the medieval Zytglogge Tower.