Schweizerhof Nightlife

The bar strip of St. Moritz

Marvellous and

Where great thinkers and artists meet nature and leave their mark. Where, after sunset, people from around the word burn the candle at both ends in cosy cellars and stylish bars. Where ski tourism has its roots. Immerse yourself in the world of alpine sagas, artists and legends.

Always popular: Jazz

With its individuality and improvisation, it is more difficult to describe jazz than any other genre. It has also changed steadily since its beginnings over 100 years ago.

A strange mix it was indeed: dingy-dives in the Southern States, the oppressive heat, and the even more crushing slavery, “white” musical instruments and African rhythms and improvisation. The fusion of all this is where jazz originated from. In the early 20th century in New Orleans, the style of jazz that was named after the city emergent; very heavy on the wind instruments and improvisation-happy. Since bands were strictly divided by race back then, “white Jazz” was called Dixieland

The Great Depression of 1929 brought about major changes. Musicians were forced to “band together” in bigger bands – the name Big Bands came from this idea. The music is very danceable and a very rich sound. Bebop evolved starting around 1940, introducing more freedom for bass and drums, more complex harmonies and fast tempo into jazz music.

After the World War II, jazz began to assume various forms. The melodious, slow cool jazz of Miles Davis originated around this time as well as Latin jazz, which combines Caribbean and South American music elements. Free jazz emphasizes the free improvisation and liberated jazz even further from the confines of rigid definition.

In the late 60’s, jazz was increasingly perceived as square and boring. Rock and soul with big international stars like Jimmy Hendrix, James Brown, or Sly Stone enticed the ears of the youthful listeners; electrically amplified instruments were new and fascinating. It was Miles Davis who just took up these sources of inspiration and integrated into jazz music. Fusion emerged: a loud mix of the sophistication of jazz, funky rhythms and the power of rock music.

From 1980, it has become even more difficult to determine uniform trends in jazz. Modern jazz has become more open and also blended with world music or hip hop. At the same time bands fall back again on old role models and interpret them anew. Only one thing has remained: its fleeting freedom.

Festival da Jazz, St. Moritz

Simple and elegant: the Gimlet

The Gimlet is not just a cocktail with a long history and a bitter taste, but also very easy to prepare. Therefore, we recommend it not only as a welcome drink in Le Hall but also at home.

Think back to the British Empire and its colonies. Airplanes as well as refrigerators had not been invented yet. Since the journeys were much longer then, a ship didn’t only have to carry sufficient provisions, but also sufficient vitamins. So it happened that Rose's Lime Juice, a sweetened and (almost) non-perishable lime juice prevailed against fresh, perishable fruit. Another problem of the long voyages was stomach troubles. The British had a quit effective remedy though- Gin. And how do you make Gin bearable? Absolutely correct! This is how the Gimlet was born.


6 cl Gin
3 cl Rose’s Lime Juice 

Pour Gin and lime juice into a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve without ice.

Of course you are welcome to enjoy a Gimlet at our hotel bar!