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The 9 Best Things to do at Night in Basel

By Chris Boyle

Bar Rouge

Basel’s chilled out vibe continues well after sundown.

For elite travelers whose hunger for culture is still to be sated, the Theater Basel is the first port of call, but for those in search of a livelier night scene, Basel boasts trendy bars and cool clubs where the cocktails flow and you’re certain to find your groove. THEATER




Founded in 1834, Theater Basel is Switzerland’s largest and most important theater.

This historic venue boasts three fabulous stages and is home to Basel’s opera and ballet companies. Offering audiences a broad and challenging program of opera, drama, and ballet, Theater Basel not only brings the classics to life, but is dedicated to presenting modern musical theater and contemporary dramas. Theater Basel offers a platform for experimental projects and is committed to supporting young talent. The perfect evening for elite travelers who prefer culture to clubbing.



Les Trois Rois Bar offers an impeccable location where the stresses of daily life can slowly be released in opulent surroundings. With exquisite cocktails, an extensive wine list and delicious bites on offer, this is where Basel’s elite gather.

Les Trois Rois Bar is the ideal year round locale – when the temperature drops the crackling open fire is a welcome companion, whilst during the fine summer months guests are encouraged to sit on the terrace and watch the Rhine make its way through the very heart of picturesque Basel. With fragrant cigars on offer from the humidor, Les Trois Rois Bar is a superb setting for an entertaining tête-à-tête.

Cigar Lounge

Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois’ brand new Cigar Lounge offers its guests the ideal ambiance to take part in a refined pastime. In this unique lounge the elite traveler has on offer an impressive selection of cigars and an extensive list of exquisite whiskies. The atmosphere in the wonderful Cigar Lounge is one to truly savor.

Rent a Bar Tender

Basel’s finest hotel has mastered the art of luxurious hospitality. Now, with a little help from the man business magazine Bilanz named Barkeeper of the Year, the elite traveler can offer the same level of service to their guests, clients or business partners. Thomas Huhn, Chef de Bar and the Swiss Bar Champion 2009, is on hand to give your special occasion that extra special touch. The elite traveler’s party will be inspired by classic drinks, surprised by liquid kitchen drinks or simply delighted by their preferred holiday cocktails expertly mixed.

Thomas Huhn, Chef de Bar

+41 61 260 5135

Blumenrain 8 | 4001 Basel


Bar Rouge seating


Enviably located in Basel’s tallest building, Bar Rouge offers its guests an unparalleled view of the city from classy and intimate surroundings.

Thanks to its great champagne, cocktails and cool crowd, Bar Rouge has proven itself to be one of Basel’s premier after-dark hot spots. The resident mixologists bring a passion and professionalism to their work behind the funky bar, and accompanied by euro beats and a lavish décor, this is the perfect place to unwind. For the elite traveler seeking a more exclusive cocktail gathering, Bar Rouge has a VIP area for up to 40 people.

Tanja Krause, Assistant Manager

+41 61 361 3031

Bar Rouge, Level 31 Messeturm, Messeplatz 10, 4058 Basel



Located near the Kunsthalle and unique Tinguely Fountain there are few places in Basel that can match the Campari Bar for ambiance and scenery.

The beautiful summer terrace keeps guests cool under a canopy of lush trees and bouquets of orchids, and provides the ideal location to sip a cocktail and watch the sun setting over Basel. Indeed, Campari Bar is the destination bar for Basel’s movers and shakers, and its funky pop-art interior attracts many of the city’s influential art crowd.

Andrea Barabass

+41 61 272 8383

Campari Bar, Steinenberg 7, 4001 Basel



The CU Club leads the way in fun, top class design and inventive cocktails; the perfect venue for fun clubbers in search of a great night out in the heart of the city.

The bar and lounge areas are cleverly designed to lead you to the heaving dance floor, where world-class DJ’s will kick-start your evening with a groovy mix of R&B, house and party rhythms. CU Club have a wide range of special events bringing top DJ’s from all over the world to Basel.

+41 61 281 6114

Steinentorstrasse 35, 4051 Basel


With its funky décor and friendly atmosphere, Club 59 has firmly established itself on Basel’s best bars scene.

The über professional bar staff prepare cocktails with aplomb, while resident DJ Chillout lines up the funky beats. Club 59 regularly pays homage to Basel’s twin passions of art and culture, with a varied event list from live bands to poetry slams. With a private lounge available for hire, the elite traveler can enjoy this fantastic bar in complete VIP exclusivity.

+41 61 281 5950

Steinenvorstadt 33, 4051 Basel



Cargo Bar has taken Basel’s thirst for the arts and combined it seamlessly with a superlative bar experience.

Located close to the Rhine, this unique venue prides itself on introducing the latest artists and providing a platform to showcase new talent. At this fashionable venue elite travelers will discover art exhibitions, media displays and a variety of musical genres, from funky house and salsa to R&B. Cargo Bar has become one of the hottest meeting places for discerning guests who enjoy mixing art and music on their nights out.

Nikhil Bigler

+41 61 321 0072

St. Johanns-Rheinweg 46, 4056 Basel


The Club En Vogue is a stylish bar lounge and disco where the elite traveler can enjoy great music and top class cocktails.

This late night hot spot draws a friendly crowd to its funky bar and chillout lounge. The music varies from R&B, house, soul and funk, with regular special guest DJ’s in attendance and themed musical nights so there is a beat for everyone to enjoy.

+41 61 683 1535

Clarastrasse 45, 4058 Basel



With its ideal setting in the old town, Bar Café des Arts is a café by day, but as the sun sets over Basel it becomes one of the coolest places in town.

This classic piano bar, wonderfully adorned with iconic images and paintings is one of Basel’s top bars with a hugely loyal following. The elite traveler can sample live piano performances, jazz sessions and for those in search of faster beats, a regular club night. With sophisticated drinks and more than two hundred cocktails, the open-air bar area is the ideal spot to begin your evening.

+41 61 273 5737

Barfüsserplatz 6, 4051 Basel

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