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Many night owls gravitate toward Schaffhausen's Saffrangasse, a narrow historic street with the most crowded and popular bars in town. Two of them stand out. The Bar Orient, Stadthausgasse 13 (tel. 052/633-02-02; www.orient.ch), a loud, sometimes raucous hangout for folks under 35, offers high energy, foaming mugs of beer, and occasional bouts of live music. Its most visible competitor is the smaller, somewhat calmer Cuba Club, Saffrangasse 2 (tel. 052/625-34-98; www.cuba-club.ch), which is also favored by clients under 40. Catering to an older and somewhat more sedate crowd is the Piano Bar Eckhaus, Stadthausgasse 1 (tel. 052/624-55-55), where stiff drinks, a cozy setting, and live piano music help Keep the conversation rolling. Most spots are open 7 days a week.

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