Patroc Zurich Gay Guide 2021

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Accommodation Tips

Hotel Alexander
Hotel. ***, from 90 CHF
Located between central station and Old Town of Zurich, very close to some of the gay bars and clubs. Modern facilities.
@ Niederdorfstrasse 40
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke
Marktgasse Hotel
Hotel, gay-friendly. ****, from 150 CHF
Design hotel in the Old Town of Zurich, with many sights, bars, restaurants and shops nearby.
@ Marktgasse 17
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rathaus

Beaches

Badi Tiefenbrunnen
mid-May – mid-September, 09:00 – approx. 20:00, depending on the weather
Zurich has several beaches along Lake Zurich and the Limmat river. Most popular with gays is the lido ›Badi Tiefenbrunnen‹, idyllically situated at Lake Zurich.
Its gay area in front of the changing cubicle next to the restaurant is well-known for showing and watching the newest swimwear fashion and the results of the hard work at the gyms in the winter season.
@ Lido, Bellerivestrasse 200-214
Zurich 8008
Tram, Bus: Wildbachstrasse

Werdinsel
If you like your bum sun-tanned, you can go to the Werdinsel, a small island on the Limmat river. After the guarded beach you will find the nude beach which is also a gay area. (No cruising, though – the bushes are regularly checked by the police.)
@ Zürich-Höngg
Zurich 8049
Tram, Bus: Tüffenwies

Cafes

Gleis
Opened 2021; Tuesday-Thursday 15:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday 11:00 – 01:00; Sunday 11:00 – 20:00; August closed
LGBTQ-friendly cultural bar with readings, exhibitions and performances.
Covered outdoor terrace by the tracks with sunset views.
@ Zollhaus, Zollstrasse 121
Zurich 8005
Bus: Röntgenstrasse, Tram: Limmatplatz

PlatZHirsch
Modern gay-friendly cafe-bar (and hotel) in the Old Town.
In good weather with nice street terrace.
@ Hirschenplatz/Spitalgasse 3
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

Rathaus Café
Monday-Friday 13:00 – 22:00; Saturday 12:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 20:00
Gay-friendly cafe in the center of Zurich, in good weather with big street terrace lounge along the Limmat river.
@ Limmatquai 61
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rathaus

Bars & Pubs

Barometer
Reopened 2021; Tuesday-Thursday 19:00 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday 19:00 – 03:00; Sunday 19:00 – 02:00
Small lounge bar in District 4 of Zurich.
@ Brauerstrasse 48
Zurich 8004
Bus: Militär-/Langstrasse; Tram: Helvetiaplatz

Cranberry
Reopened April 2021; daily 17:00 – 24:00; Friday, Saturday till 02:00
Nice gay cocktail bar, tucked away in a small lane in the Old Town of Zurich.
Quite popular, especially on weekends.
@ Metzgergasse 3
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rathaus

Männerzone Bar
Reopened June 2021; Friday 22:00 – 03:00; Saturday 22:00 – 02:00
Bears-friendly weekend bar in garage look.
Best between 23:00 and 01:00.
@ Kernstrasse 57
Zurich 8004
Bus: Militär-/Langstrasse; Tram: Helvetiaplatz

Petra's Tip Top Bar
Reopened June 2021; Tuesday-Thursday 18:30 – 02:00; Friday, Saturday 18:30 – 04:00
Small gay bar with ›Schlager‹ music, at the edge of Zurich's Old Town.
Mixed ages.
@ Seilergraben 13
Zurich 8001
Tram, Bus: Neumarkt

PlatZHirsch
Modern gay-friendly cafe-bar (and hotel) in the Old Town.
In good weather with nice street terrace.
@ Hirschenplatz/Spitalgasse 3
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

Predigerhof
Reopened 2021; daily 14:00 – 02:00
Gay bar in the Old Town of Zurich.
@ Mühlegasse 15
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke, Central

Clubs & Parties

See also our overview of upcoming Irregular Parties and Events in Zurich.

Heaven
Reopened July 2021; Friday, Saturday 23:00 – 05:00
LGBTIQ+ club in the Old Town of Zurich.
Music: House, Pop, Charts, Urban (depending on the respective party – current program on the Heaven website).
Admission: 10-20 CHF
@ Spitalgasse 5
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

Heldenbar
Reopened July 2021; Wednesday 20:00 – 02:00/03:00
Popular gay and lesbian midweek party.
Music: Electro, House, Disco.
@ Provitreff Sihlquai 240
Zurich 8005
Tram: Quellenstrasse

Cruising & Fetish

Play
Gay fetish party on the outskirts of Zurich.
Irregular dates, usually on a Saturday night.
Admission: 30-35 CHF
@ Sektor 11 Andreasstrasse 70
Zurich 8050

Saunas

Moustache Sauna
Reopened June 2021; daily 14:00 – 23:00; Friday, Saturday till 07:00
Not very big, but probably the best gay sauna in Zurich these days. Both the wet area and the cruising area are very modern, well-kept and in good condition.
Lounge atmosphere around the bar.
Admission: 38 CHF (25 CHF up to 25 years), including up to 5 towels
@ Engelstrasse 4 / Badenerstrasse 156 B
Zurich 8004
Tram, Bus: Kalkbreite

Renos Relax Sauna
Reopened June 2021; Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 23:00; Friday, Saturday 12:00 – 06:00; Sunday 12:00 – 23:00
Gay sauna in the Langstrasse quarter, next to the Männerzone shop.
Tuesday and Friday mixed clientele.
Admission: 38 CHF (25 CHF up to 25 years, 28 CHF for students), incl. 3 towels
@ Kernstrasse 57 (3rd floor)
Zurich 8004
Bus: Militär-/Langstrasse; Tram: Helvetiaplatz

Apollo Sauna
Daily 12:00 – 20:00
Small old gay sauna in the center of Zurich.
Mainly mature clientele.
Admission: 30 CHF
@ Seilergraben 41
Zurich 8001
Tram, Bus: Central, Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

Sauna Paragonya
Reopened June 2021; daily 11:30 – 22:00
The clientele of this gay sauna in the center of Zurich is mostly young rent boys and their older clients (and some unsuspecting tourists usually having an unpleasant and frustrating experience here).
Admission: 38 CHF
@ Mühlegasse 11
Zurich 8001
Tram: Rudolf-Brun-Brücke

Shops

Kink-Shop
Monday-Friday 15:00 – 19:00; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
Fetish gear for men (leather, rubber, military, sportswear), toys, accessories and some fetish related books and magazines.
@ Engelstrasse 4
Zurich 8004
Tram, Bus: Kalkbreite

Männerzone
Tuesday-Friday 12:00 – 19:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
Fetish gear (leather, rubber, sportswear), toys and accessories.
Incl. Mister B section.
@ Kernstrasse 57
Zurich 8004
Bus: Militär-/Langstrasse; Tram: Helvetiaplatz

ErotikFactory
Daily 10:00 – 24:00
Large sex shop, straight on the ground floor, gay on the basement floor.
@ Badenerstrasse 254
Zurich 8004
Tram: Lochergut, Zypressenstrasse

Services

Regenbogenhaus
Opened May 2021
Zurich's new LGBTIQ centre with event rooms and offices of various groups and organisations, library and counselling rooms.
@ Zollstrasse 117
Zurich 8005
Bus: Röntgenstrasse, Tram: Limmatplatz

Checkpoint Zürich
Health consulting, tests, vaccinations, PrEP.
@ Konradstrasse 1
Zurich 8005
Tram: Sihlquai/HB

Men Bodywork
Massages and Tantra workshops for men.

Also organizes the workshop weekend Naked Men (next date and further information at www.naked-men.ch).
@ Schiffbaustrasse
Zurich 8005
Bus/Tram: Schiffbau