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Event Location of the Month Switzerland

High-end event location AURA – a feast for the senses Whether you wish to enjoy a quiet drink or cigar, crave a trendy, high quality culinary experience or seek all-round entertainment in a multifunctional event hall equipped with the latest technology – the high-end event location AURA, situated in the heart of Zurich, offers an exceptional setting for all occasions. TEXT: JULIKA HÜTHER | PHOTOS: AURA

When Philippe Haussener, also owner of the ICON club and the restaurant Tao's in Zurich, had the opportunity to rent part of the old stock exchange on Paradeplatz, he rose to the challenge of transforming the building into an exclusive, contemporary temple for the city's demanding revellers. Since its opening in January 2013, the AURA event location, measuring 2,000 square metres spread out on three floors, has continually pushed the boundaries of what modern event technology and gastronomy can achieve.

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With its restaurant and the bar and smoker's lounge, AURA is perfect for those looking for an exclusive culinary experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Its contemporary interior in earthy colours, using simple but high quality materials such as natural stone, metal and wood, makes for a homely yet smart feel. The event hall with its high-end technology adds a touch of urban luxury to an event location that can rival top addresses in cities like London and Paris. The AURA event location is run by 35 full-time staff, supported at peak times by a flexible hand-selected pool of 50 to 60 freelancers.

Setting new culinary standards In the stylish setting of the AURA restaurant, guests can watch their orders being prepared on an open barbecue. Apart from barbecue specialities, cross-over European and international cuisine including seafood, pasta, burgers and vegetarian dishes cater to every individual's taste.The menu, which is regularly updated according to the seasons, offers both classic foods and little treats as well as trendy and entirely new creations. Every ingredient is of the highest quality, the wine list is extensive, and, together with the upscale ambiance of the restaurant, makes for an exciting culinary experience that is setting standards both in Zurich and beyond. Indulging in the simple pleasures Those who go out to relax after a busy working day will love the bar and smoker's