Located on the shoreline of Lake Geneva is the famous Montreux Casino known to host the Montreux Jazz Festival. The casino was rebuilt in 1971 after it was burned down when a fan set the venue ablaze during a Frank Zappa concert, the incident is memorialized in English rock group, Deep Purple's song, "Smoke on the water". The casino has been a popular venue for many great symphony orchestras and renowned conductors. Today the casino serves as an event venue and is home to one of the best contemporary restaurant and bar in Montreux.
This down-to-earth English-style pub is filled to the brim during soccer and rugby match days, and has become massively popular with Anglophiles and British expats. The place is well-stocked with beers on tap, and graced with a large garden and outdoor seating area that recalls a beer garden. The menu is full of items that pair well with a swig of decent beer, but is dominated by burgers. First-timers often return for the house burger specialties, which are cleverly named: The Rolls Royce, Chicken Butterfly Miso, and King Henry IV are ruled by the Great Beefburger.
Visitors should not take the name of this restaurant and cocktail bar literally, although the food is quite good. A worldly tapas bar, Eat Me serves international cuisine on small plates. The goal is to have diners sample diverse cuisines in bite-sized portions, from street foods to sophisticated dishes from the globe over. In many cases traditional dishes are reinterpreted with modern flair. Dinner served here satisfies the most experienced traveler. Skagenröra, a Swedish seafood and cream soup, is offered along grilled Ibèrico pork steak, for example. The menu, in fact, is organized by world region, from the Americas to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The restaurant is a perfect place to pair a dish with a “culinary cocktail” and tell old travel tales.
Since 1985 Mad Club has provided a fun, enjoyable atmosphere with fantastic DJs on four floors of a remodeled warehouse, which includes three separate sound systems, four bars, and a restaurant. Membership is suggested, however not required. This amazing dance club can also be rented out for private occasions.
The dozen characteristic arches under the 19th-century Grand Pont Bridge are great for taking a break from walking around Lausanne, and are also the home of Les Arches café and pub. During the day the café is full of people spilling in from the Place de l’Europe, and enjoying the outdoor seating on a sunny day. At night, the arches are lit in neon colors, and the bar turns into a kind of under-the bridge nightclub, serving drinks, cocktails, appetizers, and full dinners from a fixed menu. Les Arches is a unique urban bar in the center of one of Lausanne’s busiest squares.
The Bleu Lézard is one of the most popular café/bar/clubs in Lausanne. A good place to eat by day, by night the bar becomes busy with a diverse mix who tend to spill outside to the tables in the street so the crowding is bearable. There is no charge to enter the club downstairs where they feature live music and various popular DJs. An added extra is that the bar is also an exhibition space for young artists, which changes every month, making for great conversation pieces.
The Giger Bar can be best described as the world's creepiest bar. Modeled and designed by Swiss artist H. R. Giger, the space gives you a feeling of eating or drinking your meal or beverage, inside the belly of a beast, while looking up at weird looking statues of mummified babies with crying eyes. They do not have much variety in their food and drinks menu and one can sip on regular beers or spirits along with bar food like hot dogs, toasted sandwiches or Gruyeres meat platter all served at a reasonable price. After exploring the HR Giger Museum, visitors can unwind at the bar and spend some time sipping on beer while admiring the weird pieces of art all around.
Located in the industrial zone Verdel, Globull is a dance club that is very popular with the young crowd. Known to have found a happy balance between different genres of music like techno, latino, minimal etc, this club has three dance floors and three different vibes in them so that there is something to get everyone's feet tapping.
Montreux Jazz Club is the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which is one of the world's biggest jazz events. This club has an intimate ambiance, where music connoisseurs gather and appreciate jazz music from around the globe. Top international artistes such as Jason Moran, Rae Morris, Avishai Cohen and Dhafer Youssef, and bands like The Staves and Soak have performed here. The exceptional stage props, lighting and acoustics create an indelible experience for jazz lovers.