When the diamond daylight of the Engadin fades, a magical stillness descends over the valley. Time to wind up? No way: locals have long enjoyed gathering late into the night even in remote villages. Alongside the sparkling nightlife there are plenty of more intimate evening attractions, far from any après-ski.
As night falls over the villages of the Engadin, locals gather from far and wide to meet, eat, chat and laugh, just as they have for centuries. Today, the nightlife in many villages echoes this spirit: they may not have clubs, but the finest hotels open their doors for night owls. Bowling, live music, film screenings and many bars promise evenings that linger in the memory.
The choice in the Engadin is wide. Anyone who likes bowling will enjoy the historical alley at the Kronenhof in Pontresina, for example, where guests have included David Bowie. Film fans, meanwhile, can head to the Hotel Castell in Zuoz, which screens selected classics and contemporary gems at its in-house studio cinema, or to the Rex cinema in Pontresina, the region’s oldest, whose ever-changing programme features Swiss films as well as international premieres. An attractive programme of talks and concerts in the Engadin, meanwhile, draws fascinating speakers and talented musicians – for example, to the Waldhaus Sils.
The diversity of bars and pubs in the Engadin is impressive. They range from the venerable “Püf” bar in Silvaplana, where visitors and locals drink pine-flavoured brandy together and play traditional Swiss bar games until late in the night, to the flamboyant clubs in St. Moritz such as the legendary Hemingway Club or the private Dracula Club. The latter was founded by the top photographer and playboy Gunter Sachs and continues to draw many night owls to St. Moritz – although it is by no means easy to gain access to this select circle. Elsewhere, too, St. Moritz’s vibrant nightlife boasts style and superlatives – including the oldest nightclub in Switzerland, King’s Club (newly relaunched as “King’s Social House by Jason Atherton”) at Badrutt’s Palace, and the highest-altitude casino in the world, at 1,850 m above sea level.