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Best Places to Listen to Live Music in Zurich

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Zurich is home to a surprising variety of bars and clubs: there are said to be more clubs here per resident than in any other city in Europe. Zurich’s relaxed licensing laws allow many clubs to stay open until the early hours of the morning, and the wide range of clubs and bars in the city centre guarantee that you can listen to live music almost every day of the week. There are several jazz clubs in the city, and bars and clubs offer gigs by local and international bands.

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Moods and other Jazz Clubs

Moods, in the Schiffbau building complex (Schiffbaustrasse 6) is possibly the most famous jazz club in Zurich and presents live jazz, soul, funk and blues as well as world music. Located in the trendy Zurich-West area, the Schiffbau is an old industrial hall that has been converted into a trendy music and theatre venue. Moods is very popular and puts on an impressive amount of live gigs every month, and there is also a trendy bar and a restaurant in the building.

For more jazz, head to the Casa Bar (Münstergasse 20) or the Blue Note (Stockerstrasse 45). The latter is known for its fantastic atmosphere but, like most things in Zurich, it is not cheap. The Club (Waldmannstrasse 12) hosts regular jamming sessions for jazz enthusiasts.

Where to See Bands in Zurich

Rote Fabrik (Seestrasse 395), located in an old industrial area a short bus trip from the city centre, is an alternative venue with regular concerts as well as theatre and special events. The music program includes a variety of gigs and the organizers also arrange events and festivals in different locations around the city. The Rote Fabrik offers live hiphop, rock, pop, reggae/dancehall, soul and R&B and several other genres of music.

Located in Zurich’s red light district, the Lugano Bar (Langstrasse 108) has live music every night and is also one of the most famous bars in this part of town. The Helsinki Klub (Geroldstrasse 35) brings in some good bands, and because the place is small, it fills up fast and the atmosphere is generally intimate and crowded. Exil (Hardstrasse 245) has local bands during the week and bigger names during the weekend, the Abart (Manessestrasse 170) features gigs by both local bands and foreign acts, and the Rohstofflager (Duttweilerstrasse) has bands and DJs.

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Satu was born in Finland, but moved to London in 1996 and lived there for 10 years working as a journalist. She has spent the last couple of years mostly in India, practicing yoga and travelling.

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