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Yes, Geneva Has a Nightlife! Five Ways to Experience It

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When in Geneva on business, don’t book any meetings before noon. The city’s after-hours scene is livelier than ever. —by KAYLEEN SCHAEFER
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3, Rue du Levant, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Midnight: Although the nightclub Silencio lies in the artsy neighborhood of Paquis, it doesn’t feel a bit pretentious. Local Genevois and the city’s many out-of-towners unite under swinging chandeliers and soak up electronic music from renowned...
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Chez Lucien, 1345 Le Lieu, Switzerland
7 p.m., Early On: Kick things off with some very Swiss starters at Chez Lucien, a waterfront wine bar. Order the platter of raw milk L’Etivaz cheese and the dried beef that has been cured for six weeks in the barn of a nearby village. Look for any...
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Rue Pierre-Fatio 6, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
8 p.m., Feeding Time: Le Relais de L’Entrecote isn’t the hot new spot. It’s the opposite: a classic steakhouse where locals have come for the past 30 years to partake of the strip steak soaked in melted herb butter. This appeared in the October...
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Rue des Savoises 19, 1205 Genève, Switzerland
10 p.m., Cocktail Hour: The new bar Le Verre à Monique is a popular choice among bartenders. The staff concocts cocktails from odd ingredients like strawberry jam and pink peppercorn syrup. Ask for the Malice in Wonderland, a mix of Oolong tea–...
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Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
2 a.m., One Last Drink: Good news: Your bed is just blocks away at Hotel Kempinski. Before crashing, ride the elevator to Floor Two Bar and top off the night with a Feldschlösschen (Switzerland’s answer to Budweiser) and the dreamiest sight in...
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Brunch, The Morning After: Your recovery should start with a mid-day meal and go one of two ways. The healthy choice is Swiss muesli with fruit and yogurt, of course. “Squeeze lemon on top for extra flavor and to keep apples from darkening,” says...