The Greatest Nights With 7 Best Things To Do In Geneva At Night

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Geneva is beautiful day and night. Though it has always been amazing, the view of Geneva during the day is different from the view offered at night. However, it’s not only the views that are different, the activities that you can enjoy are also different. In the morning, for example, it is best to visit the parks, museums and zoo because these places are closed at night. But in the evening, you will be offered different kinds of entertainment. You’ll also find plenty of budget hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals if you’re wondering where to stay. If you want to have the greatest nights in Geneva, here are the 7 best things you can put on your nocturnal itinerary:

1. Be entertained by ballet, opera and comedy performances at Theatre du Leman

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What used to be a casino of the Grand Hotel Kempinski, Theatre du Leman is now one of the most popular theaters in Geneva. This commercial theater offers various superb programs, including world-class ballet, opera and comedy performances. Located on the upmarket right bank of the Lake Geneva, this venue attracts visitors who enjoy the aforementioned performances and those who want to gain some insight about the Swiss culture.

Theatre du Leman

Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Theatre du Leman

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2. Sit back and watch classical music concerts at Victoria Hall

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Exceptional music concerts in a magnificent concert hall, you cannot ask for better entertainment! The beautiful concert hall with neo-Baroque decor was built between the years of 1891 to 1894 as a tribute to the Queen of England. Situated not far from the Music Conservatory and the Grand Theatre, the Victoria Hall is home to classical music, which makes this venue a must-visit for classical music lovers. Some of the world-renowned orchestras and performers, such as the Geneva Chamber Music Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, are regular visitors of the Victoria Hall. However, if you happen to be one of those people who find the classical music less appealing, we suggest that you still visit the Victoria Hall and spend some time to marvel at the architecture alone.

Victoria Hall

Address: Rue du Général-Dufour 14, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Victoria Hall

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3. Attend a high-profile concert at Geneva Arena

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Who says you cannot enjoy a high-profile concert when you are in Geneva? Geneva Arena is the place you are looking for. Located close to the airport, this venue is a massive one. International pop stars, rock operas and commercial spectacles are brought to the Geneva Arena regularly. To see upcoming events hosted at the Geneva Arena, you can check on their website. It is best to start planning early as you don’t want to hear the bad news about tickets being sold out.

Geneva Arena

Address: Route des Batailleux 3, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland

Website: Geneva Arena

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4. Dine and watch a cabaret show at Palais Mascotte

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Do you want to watch a cabaret show and at the same time enjoy a delicious dinner? That’s possible at Palais Mascotte. The nightspot is a very old establishment in Geneva, as it has been welcoming guests from all over the world since 1887. Featuring Baroque-style furniture throughout the building, the Palais Mascotte presents cabaret and burlesque performances regularly. You can watch a performance while dining in the restaurant inside. There is also a 1930s cafe, that entertains guests with comedies and music.

Palais Mascotte

Address: Rue de Berne 43, 1201 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Palais Mascotte

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5. Visit one of the most popular bars in Geneva, La Verre a Monique

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La Verre a Monique is a little bar situated in the art district of Geneva that will make you forget you are in Geneva! Dirty glamour and romance are what this pleasant bar evokes. The bar adopts a 1920s shabby-chic style. La Verre a Monique is popular with locals and tourists alike and is worth visiting, especially if you love a cherry amaretto sour, a Malice in Wonderland, or an Electric Yuzu. Your drinks will be served in teapots and vintage glassware, which will bring some quirkiness to your evening!

La Verre a Monique

Address: Rue des Savoises 19, 1205 Genève, Switzerland

Website: La Verre a Monique

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6. Eat, drink and enjoy live music at Rooftop 42

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Rooftop 42 is a relatively new bar in Geneva compared to the other bars that have earned their own reputations. Despite being a newbie, Rooftop 42 is becoming more and more popular for night owls because this slick bar offers entertaining DJs and live music available regularly. You can also eat various kinds of foods, including sushi and burgers. It’s the same for drinks. The bar serves an extensive selection of drinks that you can enjoy. But above all, the best thing about Rooftop 42 is that it has a terrace for guests to admire one of the most breathtaking views in Geneva.

Rooftop 42

Address: Rue du Rhône 42, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Rooftop 42

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7. Have wine and tapas at Riverside Cafe

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The Riverside Cafe is popular among the local people not only for its nice location but also for its wines and tapas. The cafe has a terrace by the Rhone River, where people can choose to have their drinks and foods while enjoying the splendid view of the mighty Jet d’Eau Fountain. The Genovese people usually visit the cafe for afterwork drinks, so don’t be surprised when you see that the cafe is packed with guests at night.

Riverside Cafe

Address: Rue du Rhône 19, 1204 Genève, Switzerland

Website: Riverside Cafe

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Find and enjoy the best entertainment in Geneva at night!

Be it theaters, live music performances, culture, bars or nightclubs, Geneva has it all. The beautiful city offers fun things to do both day and night, but you might find the best entertainment can only be found and enjoyed in Geneva after the sunset!

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