In 1947 the Africa explorer Paul Seiler along with his younger brother Kurt founded the Atlantis Basel, exhibiting African art alongside living alligators. However, Atlantis Basel only became really successful when a pianist was hired. This made the Atlantis into a popular music bar.
After moving to Klosterberg 13 in 1957, the Atlantis gained an unparalleled reputation as a jazz bar. Furthermore, the hitherto unknown Coca Cola attracted a lot of people. In the early 60s the interest in jazz faded and with it the glamour of the Atlantis. It was closed down in the summer of 1975.
In the autumn of 1975 the Atlantis was reopened as a rock club. Many legendary live concerts took place there in the years that followed. When disco music became popular this era too ended and the Atlantis was closed again in 1998.
In 1999 the Atlantis was reopened with the aim to connect its glamorous history with modern lifestyle. In addition to live concerts, Club Nights with well-known DJs took centre stage and the restaurant business became more important. Today the Atlantis is restaurant, lounge, bar & club and guarantees extraordinary events and the hottest parties in town.
In 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2016 the Atlantis was rebuilt in 4 stages and refurbished to meet all demands put on a modern event location.