The bare foot bar is my favorite summer spot in Zurich where I rarely end up going to. First let me say what makes it a favorite.
Once again the city shows its best face with a magnificent setting for chilling out in a summer evening. The venue is housed in the typical architectural setting of a public bath (The Frauenbadi), a wooden construction ON the waterside. During bath times the Frauenbadi is accessible only to women but after 20:00 it becomes part of the western civilization and functions as a bar open to both sexes.
There is a strict dress code: barefoot. Deposit shoes at the entrance in order to proceed. In case of chilly weather, blankets are offered to keep feet warm. On hot evenings, on the other hand, you can splash your feet in the water.
The architecture is unique. There is an inner side (see photos) and an outer side comprising a big wooden platform by the river offering magnificent views of the city (look through the little opening in the wall to get a tiny idea).
Visitors span all age ranges: young people of student age as well as other young people who used to be students a long time ago (like me).
This package is available only Thursday evening (which explains the rarity of my visits). On Wednesday there is a cultural event (for an entrance fee) and on Sunday disco (entrance fee: CHF 16).