I’ve been exploring more of Zürich lately, but despite being here for nearly two years, I still haven’t seen much of Zürich’s nightlife. After meeting lots of new people recently, I have more opportunity to get out and about these days than I previously did, and so hopefully I will get to rectify that soon! However, not all nights out are created equal – some can be amazing, and others can be….quite frankly, disasters. Here’s my personal must haves for a fun night out, no matter what city I’m in:
Music can honestly make or break a night for me. Unfortunately, music is incredibly subjective, and what I personally love, the DJ might not. I have been known to stand in the middle of the dance floor with my arms crossed when a song I didn’t like suddenly comes on on (a bit grumpy of me I realise) but I can’t seem to help it. If I hear music I don’t like, it’s like nails on a chalk board to me. It physically irritates me and ruins my good mood. I have to research what the music will be playing very carefully before heading out to a new place to ensure it will be something I like. I have in fact turned many a night out down based on my musical preferences. On the other hand, I’ve also spent many hours happily lost in music, overjoyed when every song is “my song”. When the music is good, there is nothing better than being out dancing!
The place opens at a decent hour
I know, I know, I’m an old lady…but I like to start the night at 8pm (or even 7pm if we’re going for dinner)…not midnight. I’m an impatient person… I’m not a fan of waiting to get things going – I always believe that if we meet earlier, we can pack even more fun in! Also I can then go to bed earlier, which is a massive bonus for me, as I am genetically wired to be a morning person, which means that staying up really late is a genuine challenge for me.
For me personally nothing sours a night out faster than feeling ripped off. I absolutely hate paying extortionate club entrance fees, or coughing up huge amounts for one measly drink. All my favourite places to go out in London or at Southampton (where I went to university) were either free to get into or cheap to to get into. In my experience, the more expensive the club or bar is, the worse a time I tend to have. I like places that are good value – I usually have a set budget for a night out, and I hate spending it all within the first ten minutes! Fortunately, I have done my research, and Zürich does seem to have quite a few affordable options if you know where to look, despite being such an expensive city…so those will be the places I check out first!
Not too crowded
You might think that as a Londoner I don’t mind large crowds, but actually I can’t stand them. Whilst a large crowd might indicate to some that a place is popular and therefore a good choice, I find that it is irritating constantly bumping into other people and not having enough personal space. I would honestly rather have a place to myself than have to wade through sea of strangers all standing in front of the bar. In fact, I feel happy when I can see upon entering somewhere that there’s not too many people. I realise I might be in the minority on this one though, as a lot of people think that uncrowded places are lacking in atmosphere.
No strict dress codes
I generally like getting dressed up to go out, but I hate it when it’s enforced or when there are arbitrary rules, such as “no trainers”. We’re not going to a job interview or to work. We’re adults, we should be able to choose what we want to wear in our spare time, and to me, a club just seems pretentious and probably not worth bothering with if it forces you to dress a certain way. Plus, high heels are painful, and actually more challenging to dance in. As with enjoying cheaper venues more, I also seem to have better nights out when I’m in comfy shoes, jeans and a t-shirt. I guess I just enjoy laid back nights out instead of ones that require a lot of effort!
So, with all that mind, I hope I can manage to have at least a few good nights out whilst I live here. I’ll definitely report back with recommendations if I have my ideal night out in Zürich. Here’s hoping!
Do you agree with me? What do you look for in a night out? What can make or break a night for you?