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“Cool place that unfortunately knows it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Lokal

El Lokal
Ranked #531 of 1,875 Restaurants in Zurich
Cuisines: Bar, International
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Bern, Switzerland
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253 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
“Cool place that unfortunately knows it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is one of the obligatory Thursday or Friday evening watering holes in the city. The atmosphere is very cool, the bar deco is outstanding (take a trip upstairs for a bird's-eye view of the place). The beer is cold, the riverside location is perfect, and summer or winter it's the kind of spot you find yourself always coming back to. Unfortunately, the service is very poor, rude and aggressive. Don't expect a smile or a joke from any of the staff. Good thing this is a place to get drunk with a bunch of friends, because you're surely not going to be able to get any good service around. Nevertheless, this is a recommended spot just because the crowd is just right: mature without being boring. Not an easy task in Zurich. Also, you'll get kicked out of the bar if a band is playing and you didn't pay to see them. Since it is usually not worth the money to hear any of their musicians play, best take it in stride, and if it happens to be winter, the Langstrasse isn't too much of a walk. Oh and don't bother with the insanely overpriced food. The sandwiches at the bar downstairs are OK if you've got hunger pangs.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Afternoon cocktails al fresco”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

A perfect spot to stop in for a drink and some excellent atmosphere. And sitting outside provides even better people-watching!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Barbara M
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zurich area
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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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Thank geminder
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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
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Stefusm
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