Originally only set up once a year in a tent, at Geneva’s month long Fêtes de Genève, the Bar de la Plage has always been known for serving deliciously cheap mojitos and caiparinhas and for what makes it unique and popular: gambling with alcohol.
Let me explain, lest anyone think protestant Geneva has lost its way. Both small beers and pints have a fixed price, but if one feels like taking a chance (I usually do) there’s the option of throwing dice (one for the small beer, two for the pint) and paying whatever the score is. I don’t know much about statistics, and sometimes paying almost double the normal price can be frustrating, but over the course of the night, things even themselves out. A lot of the fun comes from the fact that the dice are huge ones made of foam, and the floor of the bar during the festival is sand.
After a year of entertaining Genevans and themselves during the summer, the team running the place decided they wanted to do this all year round, rented a place in the Jonction neighbourhood, and set up shop to provide us with a local alternative to the American spring break. Everything found in the tent version is there, minus the sand; the delicious cocktails, the surfboards on the walls, the atmosphere, the dice…
They also added a good wine selection, delicious tapas, Moules Frites for lunch and weekly quiz nights.