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“Fantastic grungy bar with food by the Sihl river” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Lokal

El Lokal
Ranked #535 of 1,877 Restaurants in Zurich
Cuisines: Bar, International
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
zurich area
Level Contributor
75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fantastic grungy bar with food by the Sihl river”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Summer it's an outdoor bar with the tables and riverside crowded under the colourful lights drinking a great selection of beers, also cider and stout available, you can still drink inside all year round and it's got a mish mash of furnishings and a mezzanine floor that give it a style of its own.

Visited April 2014
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zurich
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Inventive and interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

The location is good and the outdoor space is nice - but the inside of the bar is great! Lots of beers and quite good, albeit simple food!

Visited September 2012
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A cool place to start a summer night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Amazing terrace near the river - A great place to start a summer night! Atmosphere is excellent!
I love hanging out there on a summer evening, drinking beer with friends! Inside they have cool decoration. They also have decent finger-food.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn, New York
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lovely, kooky little place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

We came here for drinks one weekend, and thought it was really cute. Indoors, it feels like a bar in Berlin, with quirky decorations. Outside, you can sit next to the river, with nice views.

Visited September 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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1,387 reviews
745 restaurant reviews
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“Great place to chill with friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

I visited El Lokal twice during the winter/spring and I was impressed with the great atmosphere and feel of the interior. Each visit was with a group of 15+ individuals and the owners were more than happy with making prior reservations during the early part of the week, though as the weekend approaches they do not accept reservations. We had many selections of tapas (and too many beers to remember) items off the menu and were overall pleased with the food and we loved the atmosphere.

This week I was invited to a birthday party here and for the first time we had a table outside as the weather was beautiful and the feel of the place was nice next to the water and being around others enjoying the great summer weather.

The staff/owners have always been extremely accommodating and the diversity of the staff is nice to see. The bar/club is located roughly five minutes from HB in a relaxing, open environment.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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