Cultural venues in the city of Bern

Plays, music and dance, cabaret, book readings, exhibitions – in Bern, culture is way more than a visit to the museum. These fifteen places are an absolute must for culture aficionados.

  • Bars that host cultural events
    Musigbistrot Relaxed bistro and platform: many bands that now play the big stages had their Bernese premiere right here, when they were still unknown acts.
    ONO Be it music, literature, art or theatre: in the cozy basement bar with its impressive vaulted ceilings, all aspects of culture get their fair share.
    Wartsaal At Wartsaal (“waiting room”), no one is left to wait for the regional food, intimate concerts, book readings or a pub quiz – it’s all on the menu.
    Heitere Fahne At Heitere Fahne, integration is not only lived, but celebrated every day – with parties, cultural events and culinary delights for visitors of all ages.
  • Theatres
    Das Theater an der Effingerstrasse This theatre is an audience favourite and offers chamber dramas, stage monologues, literary adaptations – and a top-class ensemble.
    Theater Matte The productions that this Swiss German theatre by the Aare river puts on range from plays by Anton Chekhov to songs by Mani Matter, combining folklore with sophistication.
    Theater Remise The charming theatre in the small wooden house on Laupenstrasse street offers musicals, dance performances and plays.
    Theater Madame Bissegger The former travelling company now has a permanent stage, but is still just as wild and creative as it was twenty years ago.
    Schlachthaus Theater The Schlachthaus Theater, the heart of Bern’s independent theatre scene, inspires audiences with its unconventional programme, the international theatre festival “auawirleben”, and the performance festival “Bones”.
  • Concert venues
    Bierhübeli The iconic venue with its gallery, bar and garden has been a musical home for international and Swiss bands for decades.
    Gaskessel With its concerts, parties, and movie screenings, Gaskessel has been the creative playground of youth culture since the early 70s.
    Dachstock Under the historic roof of Bern’s Reitschule (former stables), there’s a concert venue where local heroes share the stage with international gems.
    ISC The ISC Club has several storeys on which partygoers can dance at hip concerts, sip drinks, or challenge each other to foosball matches.
  • Not your usual movie theatre
    Lichtspiel The Lichtspiel cinematheque makes movie history a sensory experience, with film screenings, workshops, and classes.
    Cinématte The movie theatre on the banks of the Aare river shows movie classics, rare gems and regional productions and has a fantastic restaurant with a view of the locals’ favourite river.
    Kino Rex For once, an art-house movie theatre replaced a mainstream one: since its reopening in 2015, movie enthusiasts can enjoy themed movie screenings, author’s films, and art-house movies in the two auditoriums.

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