Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and where history is written. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is home to the famous Funky Claude’s Bar, named after Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs. Faithful to his legacy, the decor and choice of materials invite you to settle in and chill out for an unforgettable moment at the best live venue in town.
Since its beginnings, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been entwined with Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, which was constructed in 1906 overlooking Lake Geneva. A tourist landmark in its own right, the hotel has been hosting music artists since 1967, including celebrities such as BB King, James Brown, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Joe Cocker, Santana, and Grace Jones!
Funky Claude’s Bar reverberates that jazz festival spirit that Claude Nobs created at Montreux. The design of his namesake bar echoes the history of the hotel while creating the depth and the colors of the festival.
There are three main spaces – bar, lounge, and cafe – the scheme evokes the warmth of Nobs’ own chalet, his famous hang-out with seemingly countless famous names in music. A color palette featuring chocolate, red, and purple provides a fusion of cozy jazz clubs and the chalet aesthetic. The walls are decorated with objects from Nobs’ private collection, audiovisual archive footage, and black and white photographs.
Did you know?
Claude Nobs’ private collection contains more than 5,000 hours of concerts recorded both in audio and video by many of the greatest names in jazz, blues, and rock since the creation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. It includes some extremely rare improvised jam sessions and unique footage of performers like Marvin Gaye who recorded their first and only performance for television in Montreux. Miles Davis played his last performance, conducted by Quincy Jones in 1991. In 2013, it became the only recognized UNESCO World Heritage music collection of live recordings.
Funky Claude’s Bar is conceived as a ‘polished drinking den’ and has original belle epoque features including vaulted, gilded ceilings and curved window seats. It offers an incredible variation of traditional and house cocktails as well as simple yet fun gourmet food. It is the best place to swing by or hang out late at night, whether you’re local or just passing through the Riviera.
Hotel guests’ kids until 5 years old can eat for free; between 6 and 12 years old, they benefit from 50% off their meal.
Av. Claude-Nobs 2
1820 Montreux Vaud
Fax: 0041 21 962 1717