Aura (bar and smokers lounge)
Long after Europeans stubbed out their cigarettes, Swiss smokers have mostly had to follow suit; their last redoubt, a few bars who have found their way around the rules. The latest addition to this select group, Aura allows both smokers and non- to happily co-exist. The bulk of the bar is smoke-free, but head through the glass barrier and you have a dedicated lounge with a well-stocked humidor. Extremely chic, the whole space has a similarly Asian feel to the ground floor restaurant (reviewed in Restaurants) with a muted silver and beige palate and lots of ornamental touches that make you want to run home and redecorate. Add this to an extensive list of expertly crafted cocktails, friendly staff and interesting people watching and you enter Aura’s bar at your peril; “just the one” is likely to turn into an evening of fun.