La Yaute Cafe: This bar and restaurant can be found not far from the lift station of Grands Montets, on the right hand side of the road on the way to Argentiere. It hosts live music most night of the week in winter and has a separate games room with a pool table and lots of cosy corners to enjoy a drink in.
Chez Max: This little bar is located down the valley in Servoz and is open seven days a week, winter and summer. They serve snacks at the bar including local charcuterie platters and have live bands playing throughout the winter months.
MOO Bar: Just down the road from the train station, MOO Bar is run by Morten, Orjan and Oscar (whose names provide the initials for the bar's name), familiar faces to many of us who've apres-ed our way round town over the last few winters. Offering a fantastic bar menu; tables with pour-your-own beer pumps; and all of the cocktails and smiles you'd expect from these guys - MOO Bar is always a great night out either for a few beers or for dinner and drinks.
Le Privilege: This is one of Chamonix's chicest bars; the interior is a mixture of local wood and African furnishings with an ultra-modern looking glass bar and brightly lit drinks shelves. Behind the same bar are usually a few of Chamonix's model-esque barmaids, and a decent champagne fridge. Le Privilege tends to attract a slightly more mature crowd, especially those who are a happy to spend a bit more cash on a night out. However, your investment does go quite a long way here, as there are regular live sets playing, either acoustic duos or house DJs who manage to get one of the best atmospheres going in town. During the summer Le Privilege has terraces out front & at the rear, and its glass door/windows open out on to the street for al fresco drinking - until around 10pm. You'll find it on Rue des Moulins.
Le Chamonix Social Club: This is where to come if you're looking for a good cocktail in choice surroundings on the Rue des Moulins. The interior is chic but relaxed, the bar staff are gorgeous but friendly, the vibe is hip but welcoming. Regular DJ nights and delicious cocktails make this a great place to meet before dinner or to dance the night away afterwards.
Bar’d Up: Bar'd Up is a small and relaxed hang-out, also on the Rue des Moulins, and is popular with seasonaires. This chilled out bar features regular live music and DJ’s, as well as open mic sessions, singstar contests and party nights. They regularly screen English football matches, and when there’s no sport on the TV, you can while away the hours with a game of pool or table football.
The Pub: The Pub is on the main high street and has a friendly British feel to it. It has a nice heated terrace on the pavement, making it a great people watching venue all year round. The bar's big screen ensures that it has one of the best atmospheres in town during big sporting events, but get there early if you want a seat or it's standing room only!
Elevation: Right next to the train station, and soaked in sun when the clouds are off playing somewhere else, Elevation is an all-day bistro for locals and holidaymakers alike. Well worth trying for breakfast or lunch, or for grabbing a beer as you finish the Vallee Blanche.
Bighorn Bistro: This is a family friendly place in Chamonix Sud with American beers on tap and good home-cooked food. In the evening they have regular live music and open mic nights.
South Bar: Also in Chamonix Sud, their sunny south-facing terrace is a great place to chill out with a few beers and a burger in the afternoon. Once the sun sets, head downstairs to dance the night away in the dark, loud, sweaty confines of the underground cellar bar. They host some epic nights down here and their DJs know just how to get the crowd going. Don't plan on getting first lift tomorrow morning...
The Jekyll: Another good place to watch sporting events is The Jekyll, just past the Chamonix Sud bus station. Now serving tapas, it's a nice place to go for a quieter apres ski pint.
Le Vert: Le Vert is a hotel/bar/restaurant which, although on the outskirts of town (Les Gaillands), is well worth making the effort to visit. During the day it has a friendly chilled out ambience and their kitchen turns out food to put some of the bigger restaurants to shame. As evening falls a mix of locals, hotel guests and passers-by gather in the bar to chat, play pool and watch sports on the big screen. Le Vert hosts some legendary parties, often with quite big-name DJs playing, and is always a lot of fun.