Photo of El Lokal in Zurich, , CH
Photo of El Lokal in Zurich, , CH
Photo of El Lokal in Zurich, , CH
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El Lokal


great atmosphere • beers • bbq • summertime

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  • Photo of Radu C
    6 months ago
    This is a cool place to have drinks with friends. The decorations and the environment are very nice. It was redecorated out of an old industrial building. I would clearly recommend to visit this place.
  • Photo of marusya_nz
    a year ago
    Used to like this place, now not any more. We asked the bouncer nicely for some information & just looked a bit inside to see if our friends were there. The bouncer reacted terribly and just threw us out of the place, also injuring my hand a bit. Terrible, unfriendly, would recommend all my friends and clients to keep away from this place.
  • Photo of Kursat D
    a year ago
    You can drink many kinds of alchol drinks in a lovely atmosphere of el local, as it is understood in the name it has a latino atmosphere, funny decorations, helpful and kind bartanders, prices are a bit high for visitors from other countries. People of every ages have fun together in the same place. I dont feel alienated.
  • Photo of Hippypop
    a year ago
    We've been here three times now and it is one of our favourite places in Zurich. Its a little walk out from the main centre but very accessible and worth it. There is a huge skeleton hanging from the ceiling and a busy nautical and funky theme throughout. They do live music too and we plan to return for that sometime. The hot beer is amazing, the atmosphere is pretty buzzy, happy and lively and its always busy which is a sign of a popular place. We haven't struggled too much to get a seat but expect to stand for a while to wait for one in the evening. We haven't eaten a full meal here but did buy sandwiches from the bar wrapped in clingfilm that were expensive but filled a spot. i'd recommend it to experience it and we will return but what is going on with the bar staff? No-one seems that happy working there and its a bit off-putting when ordering. Sorry, but we felt that three times. On a positive note we will be back for more hot beer though!
  • Photo of Joe K
    a year ago
    Super chill, great food, very nice staff. We had a great lunch and good beer. Overlooking a little creek. I definitely would eat here again, when in Zurich.
  • Photo of Luke W
    a year ago
    El Lokal has a prime location next to the river providing a great drinking spot. Outdoor and indoor seating are available with good quality draft beers available.
  • Photo of Kikka412
    2 years ago
    A very nice and atypical and very cool place in Zurich. Good for a drink with friends and good music. When there is live music the place is compeltely crowded but after this shows it's easy to find spot.
  • Photo of theflyindutch
    2 years ago
    very relaxed bar in the heart of zurich, enjoy your beer right next to the river, especially nice during summertime. very fair prices.
  • Photo of Remo G
    2 years ago
    This is a alternative location where people from all different societies go to. It has local beer and food. In Summer there is BBQ outside. The outside area is very nice in summer!
  • Photo of Watty5657
    2 years ago
    I rather liked this place although the décor is a little wacky. we just stopped here for drinks. very interesting design and wall dressings. staff were pleasant and helpful and a good overall experience. watty
  • Photo of Feykir
    2 years ago
    We just wanted to go for some drinks on a Saturday evening. The place is cheap and the service was extremely unfriendly. After 30mins we left since there are so many better placed around there...
  • Photo of Anna Atha B
    2 years ago
    Lovely bar close to the city centre and next to the river. I love the seating outside - very spacious and relaxed atmosphere. Decoration inside is truly eye-catching. The staff are mostly friendly and the prices appropriate.
  • Photo of Cess_QW
    2 years ago
    I really like this bar, the decor is really cool, and it has a lovely outdoor area in the summer, which is right by the river. Great selection of Whiskys too.Prices on average with the rest of Zurich. Frequented by 25-35 year olds who are trendy.
  • Photo of mrsorso
    2 years ago
    An easygoing bar place, especially nice in the summertime when you can sit outside and buy something fatty from the BBQ.
  • Photo of Lee W
    2 years ago
    This is a great find, and a must for warm summer evenings in Zürich. Beside a river, the open-style bar is reasonably priced (for Zürich!) is very friendly and has a good crowd of people. There's good music and outdoor seating to chill out and unwind.
  • Photo of Sherevol
    2 years ago
    A very pleasant place to hang out and have beer especially after work. This is usually frequented by the locals and can get pretty crowded, so do come by early if you can. We were glad that our friend brought us here to enjoy the lively atmosphere. If you like, have some drinks by the can be rather therapeutic! :)
  • Photo of Joesephine V
    3 years ago
    The nice ambience lets you relax after a hard day of walking through the city of Zurich. Definitely recommended to have a few drinks...
  • Photo of foggy74
    3 years ago
    Visited as it was listed in 'Time Out's 10 Best Bars in Zurich'. We were in Zurich and visited a few bars; having come from the upmarket George Grill - where a spectacular Gin Fizz and an awesome Cool Hendrik's cost us 33 Swiss francs - we moved on to El Lokal. The drinks - an abomination. 29 Swiss franks for two gin and tonics - with tonic as flat as the Greek economy. Appalling. Only didn't give it 1/5 as it has cool decor and is probably great in the evening when you don't realise how bad your G&T is. A real shame.
  • Photo of FormerCaliBoy
    3 years ago
    I returned here for a visit after more than two years. This two level bar is full of themed items all around the place. There is also a patio area overlooking the Sihl and during the warmer months and it is usually packed. On the menu they offer an extensive list of beverages both hot and cold. and the food items consist of snacks, appetizers, tapas, fish, German, Greek and other specialties. Though the atmosphere is nice, I was not impressed with the staff/service on this visit as evidenced by the drop in my ratings from my last visit. The restrooms are clean, they have free Wi-Fi and during the fussball season they show games of the Swiss Super League on the TV’s.
  • Photo of japichurri
    3 years ago
    Great atmostphere in this alternative bar and restaurant. Staff is very friendly. Lunch menus are fairly priced and the food quality is good. Perfect for a relaxing lunch away from the crowd only a few steps away from the Bahnhofstrasse.

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