Cabaret Voltaire

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MARC L
Munich, Germany386 contributions
Absolutely cool place
Sep 2019
I went here for two reasons - first, I wanted to eat something and have a quiet place to work, and second, I was curious to see the historic ambiente of the surrealists. Both aims were fulfilled perfectly by Cabaret Voltaire. First, it's an impressive place, full of history and full of modern art, as well - when I went there was an exhibition asking you, the visitor, to compose a poem based on your experience and to publicly perform it.. Second, I got a big table in a corner and could sit and work along, while people were coming in and out. Really a special place, go visit!
Written 8 December 2019
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BobH3142
Wolverhampton, UK8 contributions
Cool place to relax and drink
Jul 2019 • Couples
One of my favourite bands borrowed their name from this place so was always going to visit it. Really cool place and relaxed atmosphere. Some guy gave an impromptu set on the piano - even God save the Queen on request! I think they have live events so check website. Don't have the absinthe - still can't see straight!
Written 13 July 2019
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,833 contributions
Interesting and Unique
Jun 2019 • Family
As I said in my review of the Lenin apartment, Zurich's importance on the world's stage has ebbed and flowed but during WWI, it was the most important neutral city. Here citizens of warring nations could freely mingle and search and debate solutions. One of those places again on Spiegelgasse is Cabaret Voltaire. Some of that open, artsy residue is still here and you can visit to see first hand. We simply had the opportunity to walk by and see the exterior.
Written 2 July 2019
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,210 contributions
Historically and culturally significant, but now a fashionable bar
May 2019 • Solo
The opening hours here are telling: Tuesday-Sunday 5.30pm- midnight. So if you're expecting a museum to the Dadaist movement, this isn't it. What it is, however, is the actual Cabaret Voltaire building, restored as a trendy bar with a performance/exhibition area behind. I did order a 'Dada Sour' absinthe cocktail from the bar - a bit over-priced for what it was, but perfectly pleasant and sat for a while and sipped it, soaking up the atmosphere....which the place does have.
Written 31 May 2019
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blackrice
New York City, NY501 contributions
Absinthe bar or beer dive?
Dec 2018 • Couples
Arrived for the absinthe, but upstairs appeared to be a beer / pub. At least, that's what I saw everyone ordering. The absinthe was behind the bar, but no real help with our order. Staff seemed awfully inexperienced - didn't have the ambience we expected. Was hoping for more typical 'absinthe bar' feel - and some suggestions. Left quickly.
Written 29 December 2018
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naomind
22 contributions
Both underwhelming and overwhelming
Jul 2017 • Couples
I was excited to visit the birthplace of the Dada movement and expected to come away with a better understanding of its origins and influences on society. It ended up being an expensive disappointment. (although if you opt out of the self-guided tour, it will simply be lost time instead of both time & money)

First, the location was quite hard to find, and the hours listed on the web (Google results) were incorrect. We had to come back at 2pm. When we did, the attendant asked if we wanted to do a self-guided tour (15CHF for a guide book), or just wander around.

We thought, sure, we'll buy a booklet to support them, and hopefully we'll learn something. But she wouldn't let us only buy one booklet, insisting that we buy two (30CHF!) because it's clear that we were both going to use it.

Ok, we thought this had better be one fabulous booklet! Well, it turned out to be completely hard to understand (and NOT in the bizarre, Dada way), just really badly designed for learning anything.

Each blurb in the booklet was supposed to correspond to a wall poster or other feature in the rooms we explored. We couldn't find any way to connect what we were reading to what we were seeing. So we gave up on the these very expensive booklets and just tried to enjoy what we were seeing.

The most interesting thing was in the downstairs area, where early Dada films were being shown on a TV. But there was very little context and I didn't think it was possible to be both underwhelming and overwhelming, but there you go. There was, however, a line of Dada books on a shelf, and I found myself wishing my 30CHF would have gone toward these, as they were somewhat more informative.

Another confusing part of the exhibit was the photocopier. I can think of so many more interesting and engaging ways to get people to interact with it, but all the booklet said was basically, "Copyleft: Here is a photocopier. You are welcome to photocopy any of the books you see here." Why would anyone want to do this? I would have appreciated the exhibit much more, had there been ways to relate Dada to art movements of today, and to provide interactive projects that get people making their own art from found text & imagery.
Written 30 July 2017
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Iamcosmic
Moscow, Russia444 contributions
Bar, performance area and Dada Museum in one place!
Oct 2016 • Friends
The museum is fun and also they have interesting books. The director has great sense of humour!

We had beer in the bar and bought several books. Totally enjoyed our evening!
Written 18 January 2017
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Hoinara
Bucharest, Romania429 contributions
Searching Dada current
Jul 2016 • Family
Worth to get to the place where it started Dada art movement. It is located right in the heart of Zurich. One of the founders was the poet of Romanian origin, Tristan Tzara. Today you can see two rooms, a bar and temporary exhibitions. Free entrance.
Written 3 January 2017
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amy f
65 contributions
To be in the actual place where Dada was born!
Oct 2016 • Couples
There are 2 entrances - don't miss both floors. The top floor has a delightful space for drinks (we had expressos) and a performance space in the back where you may happen upon a live event. The bottom Dada Museum is fun and interesting with aa awesome book store. We talked to the informative grad student who held our interest for quite a while and enjoyed our educated visit immensely!
Written 6 November 2016
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sahar t
Tehran Province, Iran169 contributions
dada vibes¦
Aug 2016 • Solo
ist a cozy place to drink and may be you are luckz and can find modern Performances here.the bar man so Kind and friendlz.
Written 7 August 2016
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