With riverside and rooftop locations that exude sophistication, as well as more intimate vintage-style venues, Geneva has a cocktail bar to suit every individual and occasion. We take a look at the very best cocktail bars in Geneva where visitors can experience the true vibrancy of this city during a stay at the luxurious Hotel d’Angleterre.
Situated on Geneva’s Rue du Rhone, this sleek bar’s 42nd-floor setting commands views over the surrounding cityscape, Lake Geneva and the giant fountain, Jet d’Eau. And while it’s the views that draw most people in, they also come for the cocktails and music this stylish bar places such a focus on, making it one of Geneva’s stand-out spots for a sundowner.
Another of Geneva’s most scenic cocktail stop-offs is the restaurant and bar Arthur’s Rivegauche which, like Rooftop 42, is situated in the heart of the city on Rue du Rhone. In addition to the terrace that overlooks the river, an indoor bar with classic décor and contemporary accents boasts a lively atmosphere, particularly after sun set, that’s attributed to the resident DJ and seasonal cocktails.
From the banks of the Rhone to the shores of Lake Geneva, Hotel d’Angleterre is the lakeside setting for the sophisticated Leopard Bar. In plush surroundings encompassing soft leather chairs, leopard artworks and tables made from vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases, guests can listen to live music while savouring signature cocktails like the Dom Louis XIII, a fusion of Dom Perignon Champagne and Louis XIII Cognac.
La Verre a Monique
Reflecting the glamour of prohibition-era America, this speakeasy-style bar brings together vintage kitsch furnishings and a sophisticated vibe with undeniable flair. And it’s not just the décor that shows the bar’s eclecticism; the drinks are equally creative, with cocktails like Malice in Wonderland, combining Oolong tea gin with Champagne and licorice.
L’Atelier Cocktail Club
Just like La Verre a Monique, L’Atelier Cocktail Club is tucked away in one of Geneva’s side streets. Despite its hidden location, it still succeeds to draw in the city’s sophisticated set, who come for the cool vibe and exemplary cocktails. If the classics on the menu don’t take a patron’s fancy, the barman will create something especially for them.
L’Apothicaire Cocktail Club
Sister venue to L’Atelier Cocktail Club, the intimate cocktail bar L’Apothicaire is another popular spot, but this time in Plainpalais. Guests can browse the vintage newspaper-style cocktail menu and choose between martinis, classics and ‘Les Nouveaux’ cocktails, or request one that’s tailor-made.
The elegant Leopard Bar isn’t the only venue within Hotel d’Angleterre to drink in the views. Windows Restaurant overlooks the lake and mountains beyond, while offering a menu of five-star international cuisine to tuck into before moving onto the cocktail bar of choice.