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Summer Bars in Luzern

When the weather is good in Luzern sometimes it’s nice to sit back relax and have a beverage. We all know the popular spots on the river: Rathaus, Opus, Pickwicks and even Suite Bar, but where are the hidden gems? Where are the less known summer bars of choice in and around town?  Below is a list with covering the casual spots to something a little more special. The countdown to the end of summer is quickly approaching but as long at the sun is still shining, we can all still relax in the sunshine and pretend that autumn isn’t coming!

Café Bar Salu Wäldstatterstrasse 5

The first place that is perfect for a summer evening is Café Bar Salu. Salu has a large outdoor seating area that captures the early evening sun.  This is a perfect spot for a couple of drinks after work as it closes quite early.

Nachbar Moosstraase 7

Just around the corner from Salu, Nachbar has a cozy leaf covered terrace. Open 7 days a week (but only until 6pm Sunday) Nachbar is good for wine and cocktails, they also have reasonably priced finger food if you get a little hungry.

Buvette & Voliere – Inseliquai

Image copyright @ Voliere

Both Buvette and Voliere are two bars which you might often forget about, but when you do head there you can’t help but question yourself as to why your not there more often. Located at Inseliquai they offer you a retreat from the lidos and the city . Using a container for a building Buvette nearest to the KKL has deck chairs that you can angle towards the sun and on an evening has good music playing. They also regularly have events on when the weather is good.

Voliere is run by 3Fach radio and also operating out of a container, this bar has outside seating right on the lake, there are often live music events on throughout the season as well as good snack food.

Metzgerhalle – Baselstrasse 1

Reopened last year after a revamp and under new owners, if you’re looking for somewhere simple with good music and snacks Metzgerhalle is perfect.  It has always been a quirky bar regarding décor and music but its small walled garden at the back, it is the perfect place to spend some time with friends on a sunny evening. They also have a small food menu and regularly host theme nights at both the weekends and mid week.

Sopranos  – Mühlenplatz

Nestled between a material shop and Mamma Leones it is easy to miss this gem.  Although the bar selection is limited they have the usual beer/wine and a few cocktails,  Sopranos best feature is it’s outdoor seating area located in the middle of Mühlenplatz perfect for people watching and enjoying the breeze. Don’t forget the sunscreen though as the seating offers very little shade in the hot summer sun.

Sunset Bar – Seeburgstrasse

If you fancy getting out of the city then just a short walk out of town is the Sunset bar, located in the Hotel Seeburg. is always worth a visit on a sunny day. The bar is situated in the garden of the hotel with direct access to the lake. Sunset bar has all that you might need for a day in the sun from loungers, cabanas and beach furniture and food to keep you fuelled while you enjoy few drinks and chill. As it’s name might predict, it is a great choice for evening drinks as you can watch the sunset right across the lake.

If you are looking for something a little more up market then it is always worth going to the National Bar (inside the Grand National Hotel) or Montana’s Miami Beach.  The National Bar overlooks the lake and has the full bar service you would expect from this setting. Whilst at the Miami Beach Club the terrace has been decked with beach furniture and if you fancy something completely different cabanas or a hot tub to rent.

-This post was kindly contributed by Linzie Stephenson for our community blogger feature.