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Gay life in the city

For such a relatively small city with less than half a million people, Zurich sure does have a lot going on when it comes to nightlife, and especially gay life. Its gay scene is quite vibrant, helped by the fact that two thirds of the Swiss voted for registered same sex partnership laws in a referendum. A lesbian mayor has been elected, further confirming that this is a largely open-minded city, and it has also received a great dose of attention since its CSD Gay Pride celebration and Street Parade which is well known around Europe.
In May, the Warmer Mai gay and lesbian festival brings special events, exhibitions, parties, and other activities to town.
Most of the city's gay hotspots are found in the center around Niederdorf Street, while several clubs are opening in the former industrial area. There's a special party almost every day of the week, all you have to do is check the following places:



G Lounge & The Dynasty Club
The G Lounge is found on the first floor of the Dynasty Club. They're both great meeting places early in the evening for drinks before moving on to other clubs.

Barfusser
This bar opened just after WWII and claims to be the oldest gay bar in Europe (that can be disputed). It has been a leather bar but is currently a modern and stylish place with a long bar, art videos, and a lounge serving sushi.

Heldenbar
This fun bar plays techno, 90s, and other electronic beats to a mixed, festive crowd that also shows up for the occasional theme parties.

Cranberry
This popular cocktail bar is an attractive place to start the night before moving to the clubs. It gets mostly young gay males, with a few lesbians in between.

Pearl Bar
This welcoming bar gets especially packed on Saturdays, when it occasionally hosts special events together with the sounds of different DJs.

G Colors/AAAH! Club
There are special parties on every night of the week, making this a sure bet whenever you're in town. It includes chill-out rooms which are essentially cruising areas.

T & M
The gayest hotspot in the city is this club, attracting every style and age group. It has two dancefloors, regular drag shows, and special parties throughout the week.

Top Top Bar
The newest and the classic dance hits are played at this bar from a jukebox with over 2000 songs. It's a fun, friendly place for drinks early in the evening, although it only closes at 4AM on weekends.

Labor Bar
This two-level bar is owned by a gay TV personality and gets a mixed crowd (gay and straight) to party in style to the sound of the dance mixes.

Carrosel Bar
This well-established gay bar has boys from every part of the world cruising around. It places tables outside when weather permits, and serves Swiss specialties in the evening if you want to combine drinks with food.

GAY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT


Marion
This restaurant opens early in the morning and is the perfect spot for breakfast after a night clubbing. Throughout the day and for dinner there's a choice of salads and soups.

SAUNAS


Moustache
This popular sauna has a large steam bath and plunge cool, as well as biosauna, Finnish sauna, relaxation room with cabins, and massages by appointment.

Paragonya
This clean and modern sauna covers two floors offering a Jacuzzi, steam bath, labyrinth, and a bar for snacks.

GAY-FRIENDLY HOTELS


Goldenes Schwert Gay Hotel
Helmhaus Hotel
Plattenhof
Sorell Seefeld
Design Hotel L First
Dolder Waldhaus
Alden Hotel Splügenschloss

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