Drinking in Zurich
Where to drink or go out partying
Zurich has a lot of places to go out. There are a lot of clubs (around 80 at weekends), restaurants, Cafés, bars (around 500) but also many museums and theaters, one opera and two classical concert halls. The most common drinks in Zurich/Switzerland include: Beer (consumation in CH in 2011: 4.6 mill. hectoliter (hl) web), and wine (2.7 mill. hl, 1/3 white and 2/3 red web).
During the last 20 years, virtually all of the large Swiss breweries have been closed by or sold to huge, foreign owners. Nevertheless, as a kind of counter-mouvement, numerous tiny and small regional breweries have been founded and are extremely successful, especially in Zurich (such as: TurbinenBräu, Amboss (Back und Brau), or Hirnibräu). Another well known Swiss beer and quite well known in Zurich is Vollmond by Brauerei Locher, Appenzell.
There are many different sites at which local wine is being cultivated and produced (Lac Léman (a majority of white wine: 68% Chasselas), Valais, Ticino (mainly red ones), around the three lakes of Neuchâtel/Biel/Murten, Grisons in order just to name a few major sites). Local productions are almost exclusively consumed locally, only 1-2% are being exported. In avarage, a Swiss citizen drinks 50 bottles of wine every year web. Because of the high local request, prices can be quite high. About 170% of the local production quantity is being imported from different areas: France and Italy (34% each), Spain (14%), and Germany (4%), but as well as from Portugal or South Africa web. There are countless many local culinary products you can enjoy, often depending on where you are: web.
At Apéro time (after work, but actually meaning: informal meeting normally accompanied with alcoholic beverages and some snacks), you will find many people drinking a Cüpli (Swiss German term for a glass of Champagne).
Kreis 2 (Wollishofen)
Kreis 4 (Langstrasse)
Kreis 5 (Zürich West)
Zurich has proportionally more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very "fancy" clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. There is always a Club that has a party going and Zurich's young make sure to splash all their income on going out. A lot of clubs are located in the so called Zurich West (District 5). The internet site usgang.ch web is a good place to look up what's up.
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