The Nelson Pub

The Nelson Pub
Beatengasse 11
CH-8001 Zurich
+41 44 212 60 16


  • First Timer Friendly: Yes
  • Food: 7
  • Beverage: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Overall: 8.5
  • But is it a pub? Yes
During my trip in Portugal, I had to fly to Zurich for 2 days for a brief meeting.  I had one day that was mostly free, so I decided to explore a bit. While I had not intended to do so, I ended up traveling a little over 11 miles on foot. Needless to say, a nice pub was a welcome sight.  I really should have found somewhere more “authentic” to go but I was by myself, tired, wet (it started raining about 30 seconds before I found this place), and thirsty.
Chris’ Opinion:
This place was packed! I am sure some people were escaping the rain but regardless, it was pretty obviously one of the places to be. After walking around the place to get a feel for what the whole place was like, I found a chair right in front of the 15 or so taps.  The atmosphere as a whole was great, though it was a bit crowded as I said. The seating, lighting, layout, etc. were all right on par with what I like.  While I am not a smoker, there was even a very cool outdoor building-length table to stand at while reading your paper, drinking a beer, and smoking a cigarette. The bartender was very nice and when she wasn’t busy nicely turning down the advances from an animated pair of Spaniards next to me, was friendly and talkative. I finally decided to order some good ol’ Bratwurst and it really did hit the spot. A few pints later and I was ready to head back out into the rain to finish the last half mile of my exploring for the day.

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