Where to Drink in Geneva, Switzerland

Inspired by its mountainous setting, Geneva has long been a city of soaring intellectualism. With its outdoorsy vibe, it’s also the perfect place to get high on the good life.

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Bar du Nord

Dating back to the Seventies, this popular whisky bar in Carouge offers a dizzying array of some 700 whiskies. Bauhaus- inspired interiors and a jazz soundtrack complete Bar du Nord's thoroughly bohemian and intellectual vibe.


Rue Ancienne 66, 1227 Carouge

A woman tends the bar at cocktail spot Le Verre a Monique in Geneva
Photo credit: Julez Photography


Le Verre à Monique

This classy, art deco-inspired cocktail lounge near Plainpalais is cherished by locals who love the clandestine, weirdly authentic speakeasy vibe, not to mention killer cocktails such as the ever-popular cherry amaretto sour.


19 Rue des Savoises, 1205

A cocktail on the bar at Little Barrel
Photo credit: Guillaume Cottancin


Little Barrel

An intimate, dimly lit cocktail bar that's a hot favourite with affluent cocktail snobs as well as a younger, hipper crowd. The bar staff will be more than happy to whip up an off-menu creation for you.


15 rue du lac, 1207

The Lowdown

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