Zermatt has an unparalleled selection of bars scattered around the village, but which are the best bars in Zermatt?
The choice ranges from top class cocktail bars to modest drinking houses, where beer is the more usual tipple.
What they all have in common is a cosmopolitan clientele and efficient service. And what you won’t find are the pseudo-pubs which act as a magnet for unwashed season workers that are so common across the Alps.
Here’s our list of four of the best bars in Zermatt that we think are definitely worth visiting:
This popular pre-dinner drinks venue is much appreciated by the resort’s champagne and cocktail drinkers.
Across from the church in the centre of the village, Elsie’s is a Zermatt institution. A small stand-alone chalet shoe-horned between larger buildings, this wood paneled bar has two floors joined by a steep staircase.
The ambiance is sophisticated, but not pretentious, and the cosmopolitan clientele is clearly well-heeled.
Edward’s Bar Cafe
Edward’s Bar Cafe is on the ground floor of the Hotel Monte Rosa and legend has it that its front room was where Whymper’s party assembled before setting off to conquer the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
Although part of a top class hotel, Edward’s is in no way stuffy as the staff are friendly and the long bar is great place to meet before going on for dinner. The Aperol Spritz is especially recommended.
Located on Bahnhofstrasse opposite the Hotel Poste, Gee’s is on the site of the old Grampi’s bar, which has been given a complete facelift.
It was recently voted in the top three ‘Newcomer Bars in Switzerland’.
Gee’s is busy all the time but particularly popular after dinner when there is live music and a party atmosphere. If you really want to make a night of it, the Cuckoo Club night club is just downstairs.
This place really is unique and like walking through a time warp back to the Seventies. Hidden down a side-alley off Bahnhofstrasse, this place is either completely dead or jam-packed.
The patrons are principally Swiss but include everyone from teenagers to old rockers and the drinks measures are dangerously large!
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Article by Iain Martin