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Top 9 Chill Bars in Lucerne: Lakeside Gems and Sunset Magic

Updated: Jun 26

Lucernes vibrant summer atmosphere is best experienced at its chill bars, where the allure lies in the freedom to be yourself, whether dressed up for a night out or enjoying a casual evening with friends. These laid-back havens invite you to unwind, engage in lively conversations, and connect with like-minded individuals. 

As the sun sets over the picturesque city, these chill bars take advantage of their outdoor spaces, creating a perfect blend of comfort, lakeside views, delectable drinks, and diverse food options.

Sunrise in Luzern by Simon Infanger
Sunrise in Luzern by Simon Infanger

Curated by Local Lucerners, Here's Your Guide to the Top Summertime Chill Bars in Lucerne

True to its name, Sunset Bar boasts breathtaking sunsets overlooking the lake and mountains. Relax in their spacious yet cozy garden area with plenty of seating options to relax and maximize your “summer in paradise” viewing pleasure. 

Take a refreshing dip in the lake and enjoy delicious cocktails like their signature "Lucerne Sunset" and oven-baked pizzas with fresh, local toppings. Expect to pay around CHF 15-20 for cocktails and CHF 20-30 for pizzas.

Pro Tip: If you want to snag a lakeside table it is best to arrive early, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Located directly on the beach, this bar is perfect for a lively atmosphere, perfect to enjoy with friends or family. Enjoy the sunshine and cool off with a swim in the lake. 

Sip on refreshing drinks like local beers or their signature "Ufshüti Spritz" and grab a quick bite like sausages or sandwiches. Prices are generally affordable, with drinks around CHF 5-15 and snacks around CHF 10-15. Be prepared for weekend crowds; remember, they close when the sun sets.

Pro Tip: Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, and/or picnic blanket and settle in for a day at the beach, relaxing on the sand or on the grass field. You will be amazed at how many people make their way to this popular spot during the summer days and evening. 

Nestled amidst glowing string lights, this romantic bar offers a delightful escape. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city lights reflecting on the water and listen to live music performances (often available on weekends). 

Savor a glass of wine, local craft beers, or creative cocktails (around CHF 10-15) and pair it with light bites like cheese platters or bruschetta (around CHF 15-20).

Pro Tip: Bring mosquito repellent if you're prone to bites, and pack a picnic blanket if seating is unavailable - there’s always room on the adjacent grass. .

Situated in a charming square in the old town called Mühlenplatz, Mill'Feuille  offers a diverse menu with Spanish and vegan options alongside classic bar fare. The welcoming atmosphere caters to both meat lovers and vegetarians.

Enjoy tapas like patatas bravas or chorizo, vegetarian options like hummus and grilled vegetables, or indulge in their famous churros for dessert. Prices range from CHF 10-20 for tapas and snacks.

Pro Tip: Soak up the sun here longer than most spots in the old town – it's one of the last places to be shaded by the mountains in summer evenings. 

Located directly across from Mill'Feuille, Sopranos boasts an alternative vibe perfect for those seeking a laid-back summer experience. 

They offer a wide selection of drinks and cocktails (around CHF 10-15) alongside bar snacks and light bites. Enjoy live DJ sets on some nights, creating a more energetic atmosphere.

Pro Tip: Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Mühlenplatz and explore the other bars and restaurants in the charming square.

Sopranos lucerne
Sopranos lucerne

This inviting riverside locale offers a tranquil escape from the summer heat, perfect for those seeking a relaxed and scenic ambience. Nordpol boasts a welcoming atmosphere, attracting families, friends, and locals alike. It offers a playground, sunbathing areas and barbecue areas - all of this right on the banks of the river Reuss. 

Enjoy refreshing drinks and a delicious menu made with local ingredients from the buvette (lunch and snacks, CHF 10-15).

Pro Tip: For the adventurous souls, you can float on the river to this bar, adding a touch of excitement to your experience. 

Nestled on the idyllic grounds of the Wagner Museum, Wagner Bar and Café offers a delightful escape along the scenic walking path from Lucerne's train station. This charming establishment seamlessly blends the coziness of a café with the vibrancy of a bar, creating a relaxed setting perfect for enjoying a drink or light bite. 

Savor drinks like coffee, local beers, or creative cocktails (around CHF 10-15) in a relaxed setting with soft lighting and comfortable seating. Light snacks like sandwiches and pastries are also available. 

Pro Tip: Wagner is a beautiful place to enjoy a swim and many locals barbecue and hangout in this beautiful park landscape. Make a longer adventure out of your day and bring along your bathing suit. Swim access is available along the lakeside close by. 

Conveniently located across from the train station, Suite Rooftop offers an elevated escape for sunset enthusiasts. Sip on exquisite cocktails (around CHF 15-20) like their signature "Lake Lucerne Martini" while taking in breathtaking views of the city, lake, and surrounding mountains. As the evening progresses, it transforms into a captivating night spot with a diverse crowd.

Pro Tip: Make a reservation, especially for larger groups or special occasions.

Nestled atop a hill overlooking Lucerne, Chateau Gütsch offers a unique and luxurious escape with breathtaking panoramic views encompassing the city of Lucerne, the surrounding mountains, and the glistening Lake Lucerne. Visitors can reach this wonderful spot by taking a scenic walk (or mini-hike depending on your fitness level) or the funicular ride to reach this haven, 750 meters above sea level.

Relax on the spacious terrace, adorned with comfortable seating and stylish décor, and savor exquisite drinks and delectable dishes (à la carte menu) crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Prices vary depending on your selection.

Pro Tip: Reservations are highly recommended, especially for evenings and weekends, as this popular spot tends to fill up quickly. Secure your table in advance to avoid disappointment and ensure a seamless experience.

What summertime bars in Lucerne are gonna become your favorite? 

Lucerne's summer charm extends beyond its chill bars to scenic walks, panoramic views, and riverside relaxation, including trips to the sandy beach! Whether you're sipping cocktails on a rooftop, enjoying the breeze by the lake, or exploring hidden gems, these relaxing locales provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable summer in Lucerne. So, grab your friends, soak up the sun, and experience the city's vibrant summer scene at these top chill bars in Lucerne. If you don’t feel like hanging out in one of Lucerne's great bars, how about a day trip to nearby Stoos or Bürgenstock.


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