Where to Drink in Basel, Switzerland

A small, quirky university city – and an international epicentre for art and architecture – Basel makes the perfect urban getaway for design-loving travellers.

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Looking out the window of Consum Bar in Basel


Consum Winebar

This beautiful wine bar in the heart of Kleinbasel has a lengthy wine list and classy clientele. Situated on the more bohemian bank of the Rhine, it’s the perfect place to sit outside with a cheese and cured meats platter.


Rheingasse 19 4058 Basel

An Old Fashioned being poured



Local drinks connoisseurs will tell you that this is the best cocktail bar in Basel, with a dizzying array of spirits and homemade syrups served by enthusiastic mixologists. It also offers cocktail workshops.


Utengasse 28, 4058 Basel,

Warteck brewery in Basel
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Kulturbeiz 113

Some of the best views in the city come courtesy of this relaxed, bohemian rooftop bar atop the Sudhaus complex in the old Warteck brewery building. There's a small but perfectly formed bar menu, craft beers and a good wine list.


Kulturbeiz 113 Burgweg 15 4058 Basel

The Lowdown

Want more Basel bars recommendations? Visit basel.com, or purchase Volume 37: Craft today and receive A Creative's Guide to Switzerland, an 80-page SUITCASE travel companion to Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux Riviera, and Basel.

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