Every time I go, I want to know more. Dimly gleaming light bulbs dangling from the ceiling, stained red velvet walls, ghostlike stripper poles. There haven’t been half-naked girls dancing on stage for years. Where did they go? No one seems to know. I like this former cabaret, now local bar. It hides many old secrets while piling new ones.
The Longstreet bar is a reflection of Zurich’s red-light district and an icon in the Langstrasse (literally, the long street). The once cabaret still sees crowds, but these have changed. They are younger and do not mind fighting their way to the bar for a drink, or to the few couches available for squeezed sitting. The entrance is free, hence it might get crowded. Fortunately, there are two floors and I’ve always found a spot to rest myself or at least my drink. Also, its variety of music genres and guest DJs pounding across its different rooms – hip hop, electronic, Latin – welcomes all music tastes democratically.
The drinks are average like the prices, but this is no surprise. Like other trendy places, they do not make money out of the sophistication of the bartenders, but of their reputation. Whether it is to kick off the evening or call it a night; in a group or on a date, the Longstreet works quite well. Swiss and foreigners alike enjoy coming here and it is in fact entertaining. The question is: once there, can you keep a secret?