Cabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire
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Tuesday
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
1:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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  • Zurich Central Station • 10 min walk
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4.0 of 5 bubbles70 reviews
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I stopped in for a drink in the late afternoon. The gentleman working the bar was friendly. The place was quiet on my visit and they were playing smooth jazz music.

Upon entering the building there is a book/art store and behind and downstairs is a crypt area that seems to show a movie and some history of the DADA movement with an entry fee of 5 CHF. The bar is located upstairs and has seating area at the front, a bar area with a couple of saddle seats and the rear offers more seating, a lounge area and a stage for live entertainment.

They offer free Wi-Fi and the restrooms are clean. There is also a side entrance to the bar area, but it is on a very steep angled hill.
Written January 19, 2015
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MARC L
Munich, Germany387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I went here for two reasons - first, I wanted to eat something and have a quiet place to work, and second, I was curious to see the historic ambiente of the surrealists. Both aims were fulfilled perfectly by Cabaret Voltaire. First, it's an impressive place, full of history and full of modern art, as well - when I went there was an exhibition asking you, the visitor, to compose a poem based on your experience and to publicly perform it.. Second, I got a big table in a corner and could sit and work along, while people were coming in and out. Really a special place, go visit!
Written December 8, 2019
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GSM70
Zurich, Switzerland39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Really fascinating bar at first floor and attractive shop at the entrance. A must for art lovers. A place where art is in every object.
Written June 29, 2016
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naomind
22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
I was excited to visit the birthplace of the Dada movement and expected to come away with a better understanding of its origins and influences on society. It ended up being an expensive disappointment. (although if you opt out of the self-guided tour, it will simply be lost time instead of both time & money)

First, the location was quite hard to find, and the hours listed on the web (Google results) were incorrect. We had to come back at 2pm. When we did, the attendant asked if we wanted to do a self-guided tour (15CHF for a guide book), or just wander around.

We thought, sure, we'll buy a booklet to support them, and hopefully we'll learn something. But she wouldn't let us only buy one booklet, insisting that we buy two (30CHF!) because it's clear that we were both going to use it.

Ok, we thought this had better be one fabulous booklet! Well, it turned out to be completely hard to understand (and NOT in the bizarre, Dada way), just really badly designed for learning anything.

Each blurb in the booklet was supposed to correspond to a wall poster or other feature in the rooms we explored. We couldn't find any way to connect what we were reading to what we were seeing. So we gave up on the these very expensive booklets and just tried to enjoy what we were seeing.

The most interesting thing was in the downstairs area, where early Dada films were being shown on a TV. But there was very little context and I didn't think it was possible to be both underwhelming and overwhelming, but there you go. There was, however, a line of Dada books on a shelf, and I found myself wishing my 30CHF would have gone toward these, as they were somewhat more informative.

Another confusing part of the exhibit was the photocopier. I can think of so many more interesting and engaging ways to get people to interact with it, but all the booklet said was basically, "Copyleft: Here is a photocopier. You are welcome to photocopy any of the books you see here." Why would anyone want to do this? I would have appreciated the exhibit much more, had there been ways to relate Dada to art movements of today, and to provide interactive projects that get people making their own art from found text & imagery.
Written July 30, 2017
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jaynice1
Nice, France658 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
located in the old town, cabaret Voltaire is the Dada lovers meeting point. the place is divided onto a cafe, a cabaret and a shop/exhibition center. the prices are very high for a poor quality. a t shirt souvenir for 70 CHF. 7 Chf to visit a room called exhibition room where you find texts and a ceiling painting giving you information about the Dadaism. I think is a little bit too much to combine an intellectual art with such high prices.
Written February 22, 2016
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cpmatwell
Shingletown, Pennsylvania, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
with a credible cappuccino.

I've always wanted to visit this place since seeing it featured on Robert Hughes's 'Shock of the New" back in the 80s.

I always been intrigued with DaDaism in it's early days pre-Berlin. I don't claim any scholarship of this stuff, but I really liked the underlying concept. Still do, and still feel it is relevant, perhaps even more so today.

I was really pleased that this place remains open, remains weird and remains a attractor for strange types. :)
Written February 21, 2015
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
As I said in my review of the Lenin apartment, Zurich's importance on the world's stage has ebbed and flowed but during WWI, it was the most important neutral city. Here citizens of warring nations could freely mingle and search and debate solutions. One of those places again on Spiegelgasse is Cabaret Voltaire. Some of that open, artsy residue is still here and you can visit to see first hand. We simply had the opportunity to walk by and see the exterior.
Written July 2, 2019
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Matt O
Seattle, WA107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
They have a nice absinthe menu and the bar tender helped me pick a good one. The reviews of this place were good for young and cultural, but I didn't find the crowd to be that inspiring. The decor is cool/funky and the drinks were good. It's not top on my list to return to, but it was ok.
Written December 12, 2015
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sabtorre
Rome, Italy64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
It's a really cool place...there's no service on table but the staff is polite. Really recommended. The entrance is from a shop of bags and stuff fornitures.
Written July 9, 2015
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Polite greetings from the staff. We now do serve the tables and would love to welcome you soon again, dear sabtorre. - Cabaret Voltaire
Written September 16, 2015
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Skotakis
London, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Cabaret Voltaire is the cabaret of the Dada movement in Europe and where the Dada manifesto was firstly read out. This place is a must-visit in Zurich for anyone who are interested in art. Also, the venue operates as a cafe-bar nowadays and is a very interesting venue and has a relaxing atmosphere. There is also a bookstore at the ground floor. I would definitely recommend it for anyone visiting Zurich to pay a visit!
Written December 8, 2014
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