A fancy lil joint with a view that's SO NICE,
but if you want elbow room, you better think twice.
Crowded to the brim on a Friday night,
And 18CHF for a Caipirihna alright!!!
It was tough to find the entrance through the restaurant downstairs-
just go on inside- you'll find the elevator there.
It's cool to see, but will break the bank.
Come to take tourists (or just to be swank).
Zurich is a small town. And it doesn't have a skyline. Wouldn't even have one if they had built all of the highrises (couldn't call them skyscrapers) all next to each other. So - why have a panorama bar? Easy. Because you actually do have a panorama! If it isn't foggy or hazy, you can see the horizon, and not some banker slaving over a spreadsheet in the building right across the urban canyon.
Zurich is a small town. And the Jules Verne is a small bar. You walk in, and look for an empty table, and before you know it, you're stepping out of the bar already. Is that a problem? Well, sure, if the place is full and you want to impress your guests with that really nice panorama. But that's sort of a genre defining problem. You enter one of them, and you will always find the tables at the windows occupied. The Jules Verne actually benefits from its small size. It's nice and cozy, you don't have that observation deck kind of atmosphere, and it doesn't feel like a hotel bar like they often do.
Zurich is a small town. With lots of money. And yes, the Jules Verne does attract some of that money, and sometimes a little bit of that tacky new money. But hey, that's true for every halfway cool place on this planet. It's not a place to spend the whole evening anyway, so focus on your date, the view, and your drink. They deserve it.
Zurich is a small town. And the prices are high. To get a well mixed drink, you will always have to dig a little deeper. The Jules Verne obviously is not an exception. But if you had a problem with that, you'd probably not be in Zurich anyway. The price isn't what's important, it's what you get for it. The Jules Verne crew clearly know what they are doing. One example: you ask for a Gin and Tonic. First of all, you can't choose a crappy gin, they only carry good stuff. And if you ask what they have, they might offer you a g&t mixed with Hendricks, adding a slice of cucumber and a dash of black pepper. Try it. The drinks menu is quite small, but you get just about anything anyway. I ordered a White Russian - no problem whatsoever, and it was perfect.
Zurich is a small town. But the ratio of population versus entertainment offered is better than in any other city on the planet. They have a lot of really nice places, and this is one of them. You can even visit the observatory one floor above the bar. It's beautiful, and you can climb up to it and take a look at a distant planet. Or two, if you've had too much to drink already.
The view is great, even for a city that does not have a skyline. You'll be able to enjoy all parts of Zurich spread out around you. That successfully distracts you from the audience (= rich agglo kids) and the interior (80s). Recommendation: Go here once for the view experience and then leave it.
We went there on a Friday night, around 10.30pm. There were no seats not even for two people, neither at the window, nor at the bar. We ended up just doing few tours of the Restaurant, admiring the view and the decorations inside on the ceiling and the leave.
The view is wonderful though, so it's worth dropping by.
Tip: there's the Urania observatory one level up, you can pay it a visit in the evening. Entrance 15 chf and make sure it's not too crowded, as you risk not seeing anything.
Let's jump right to the pros: the location is central and the views are great. But Zurich isn't lacking on views -- you can climb the tower in the Cathedral and get a great view, or walk up the hills for a great view. So the view is great, but not special.
On to the cons. In short: the drinks aren't great and they are overpriced. A friend's mojito looked OK (but was quite weak), but their take on an Old Fashioned was barely drinkable and used low-quality liquor. At Chf. 18, I expect more, even in Zurich.
The vibe is also extremely touristy. Sure, in Zurich, who's a local? Certainly not me. But feeling like you're surrounded by foreign lawyers and bankers doesn't help Zurich's already very international vibe seem a bit more homey.
Jules Verne Panoramabar: I've done it, and I don't need to do it again (unlike Widder Bar).
**This review is strictly for the view!**
I didn't get to eat or drink anything here, but the sights were satisfying enough!
Walk into the Brasserie Lipp, and take the elevator up to the Jules Verne Panoramabar. This former observatory offers a 360 degree view of Zurich-- so lovely! They don't mind if you just stop in for a look, and it's a great way to see the city whether you're a visitor who is trying to get acquainted, or a local who is looking for another perspective!
We liked this place - a little pricey (but a lot of Zurich is). Great views. We arrived a little before sunset and we got lucky because a table opened up just as we approached it - there are not many seats and it can get crowded. It was fun watching the surrounded lights turn on as time progressed.
Great place for a view over Zurich. Very teeny bar though, and it gets quite crowded, especially on Saturday night. We actually ended up just taking photos from the side on Saturday night and then left, because we couldn't get a table for 4.
I usually go to Jules Verne when I have visitors, mainly because of the view. Space is very limited and, hence, it is basically always very crowded, so be prepared and don't try to bring more than 4 people or so. Also be prepared for a bit higher prices than usual - but the view is totally worth it.
Because the "Haute" is a private restaurant/club (with incredible terrasse/view over Zürich, the Jules Verne Panorama Bar has to be considered the best view you'll get in Zürich.. and 360°, provided clear weather. Enter the tower bar throught the Brasserie Lipp, move up 11 floors and be happy. There are a few things you should know: Jules Verne Bar IS well known here & abroad, so in rush & happy hours it is really crowded. If you keep this in mind you might find a place at a table and enjoy the nice but expensive choice of wine/cocktails and food.... besides the crowd the service could be better, at times you really have to be patient - for ordering - and for the bill... but honestly, if you avoid rush hours, you'll be rewarded for the fantastic view over Zürich, the Uetliberg and the Lake... Table reservations are only possible for lunch.
Know, that above the bar there is the Urania Observatory (see my picture of the full tower), open to the public at times... unfortunately the webside is in German only...
Cocktails are tops. View still rocks. Service still flops. :-(
Probably one of the "must" visit bars in Zurich for its expansive view of the city. Located in the distinctively domed top of a former observatory, I definitely found it to be a cool place to hang out and enjoy some drinks. My friend and I found ourselves here on a weekday afternoon and was able to score a table easily, which I've heard is a pretty impossible feat at night, as it's very popular and small. We took in the views while enjoying a couple of refreshing panaches. Good drinks, nice service, great views, I'm a fan!
If you visit Zurich or if you have visitors, go there on a nice afternoon and enjoy the view. However drinks and service are nothing amazing (but not bad either) and on weekends it tends to be quite crowded.
The view is nice but the drinks are not. The cocktails were all meh and the mojito was so bad that we just had to say something. When we told the waitress that the mojito was really bad she said "That is how we make it." We asked if we could just have something else and she said "No, tell me how to make it better." We tried to describe how to make a proper mojito but we're not bartenders and in the end it stayed pretty bad.
great place, great view. good to have a look over zurich. hard to get a table if you walk in after 4.30!
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