There’s no better way to celebrate a great day on the slopes than with a few well earned après-ski drinks amongst friends.
Whether you prefer to soak up the last of the afternoon sun with a quiet beer or dance on the tables in your ski boots, Chamonix has no shortage of great spots where you can amuse yourself when the lifts shut for the day.
La Folie Douce: The biggest and best après-ski hot spot in Chamonix is La Folie Douce. Well known all around the Alps for their unique parties with live music, incredible performers and lots of champagne spraying, La Folie Douce Chamonix is much more than just an après-ski spot. This hotel also has two gourmet restaurants, a cocktail bar, a café and even a spa. Located at the foot of the Brevent slopes, you just need to follow the beats.
Chambre 9: One of THE places to après ski in Chamonix is Chambre 9. They know exactly what the après crowd is looking for and book the best après-bands each winter. The play list covers a wide range of crowd-pleasing songs that gets everyone dancing (on tables, chairs, indeed, any available surface!) between 17:00 - 19:00 every night (except Saturday). Get in early as it’s standing room only (and barely that at times!).
The Beckett & Wilde: Offers a great atmosphere with live music throughout the season, major sports on the big screens and great happy hour deals from 16:00 - 18:00. It's always a popular spot to meet up after a day on the mountain.
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC): If real ale is more your thing, then head along to the MBC to sample their highly regarded, naturally produced real ales and lagers. Made from the finest malts, hops and yeasts available, they don't use preservatives or additives at all in their brewing process. Being slightly out of town the MBC relies on its great reputation for good beer, food and live entertainment; there are often great live bands playing during après-ski and later in the evenings.
Le Vagabond: Depending on the weather, you can have drink in front of the fire at the Vagabond, or on a south-west facing terrace with a great view of the Mont Blanc massif, Le Brévent and Les Aiguilles Rouges. The Vagabond caters for a lively, upbeat and friendly crowd and has a daily happy hour from 16:30 until 18:30.
L'Amnesia: L'Amnesia is Chamonix's largest nightclub and melting pot for all the late night (sometimes all-night) party-goers. Situated in Chamonix Sud, the club is very popular with the French, Scandinavians and British from all over town. Throughout the week L'Amnesia plays host to a number of theme nights with internationally recognised DJ's, and some scantily-clad and highly-talented 'dancers', usually on Thursday nights.
Le Tof: Just around the corner from Amnesia is Chamonix's other late night option and gay-friendly club, Le Tof. Underground, crowded, sweaty and with possibly the worst toilets in town, nonetheless it has a friendly vibe and attracts quite a few eccentrics to have a swing around the dancing pole. The staff are always up for a laugh and they host regular parties, often with quite cheesy dress-up themes. It might be a gay club but everyone is welcome here.
Both clubs open around midnight and close at 04:00 during the peak winter and summer seasons; opening hours vary during off-peak seasons.
Cha Cha Cha: A stylish wine and spirit merchant on Avenue Ravanel Le Rouge (just past Zero G), that offers a varied schedule of wine, beer and spirit tastings every night of the week during the winter season. You can also buy a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy at the bar or on the terrace throughout the day and evening.
Buonissimo: A fairly recent addition to Chamonix high street, Buonissimo is a cosy little Italian deli and wine shop that offers all sorts of tempting goodies to eat in or take home. They have a small terrace out front and a few tables inside, with a little wine cellar downstairs. They do an excellent deal on wine and sharing platters, groaning with mouth-watering meats, cheeses, olives, bread and salad. A great way to sample the goods before you decide what to take home!
Quartz Bar: Part of the prestigious Hameau Albert Premier hotel and fine dining restaurant, the Quartz bars offers a more refined place to drink, offering over 16 different wines available to buy by the glass. The have regular live music in the bar and you can also pop in for afternoon tea and admire some of the artwork on display.
Monkey Bar: As well as being a great place to après, Monkey Bar in Chamonix Sud attracts a fun crowd in the evening with its drink promos, live bands, DJ and party nights. One of the other big draws to Monkey Bar (especially for locals) is the food - as well as the normal menu they offer weekly deals on burgers, tacos, curry, etc; all well-priced and very tasty! Pop in and see what their deal of the day is.
Kitsch Inn: This retro ski chalet at the foot of the Les Houches ski area loves a good old sing-song. Regular après-ski concerts include everything from indie, to folk, to old school rock. The décor is a mish-mash of eras with lots of random items that you'll recognise from years gone by and the food is pretty decent as well. You'll find them at the bottom of the Bellevue cable car.
Gay bars & clubs
Le Tof: Chamonix's only gay bar is more of an "everyone's welcome" kind of place than an "official" gay bar. Le Tof is the place that we all stumble into on the way home, looking for one last drink (that inevitably escalates) and a few laughs. The staff are all crackers, the clientele are mostly a bit eccentric and if you leave without having a whirl round the pole then you've got more self-control than we have. Not a classy night out, but always a good giggle. It's located in Chamonix Sud.
Best of the rest
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 Argentiére. It hosts live music most nights 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.
MOÖ Bar: Just down the road from the train station, MOÖ Bar is run by Morten, Oscar and Örjan (whose names provide the initials for the bar's name), familiar faces to many of us who've après-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 - MOÖ 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. 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 and at the rear, and its glass door/windows open out on to the street for al fresco drinking - until around 22:00. 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 friendly, the vibe is hip and 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: A small and relaxed hang-out, also on the Rue des Moulins, and is popular with seasonnaires. 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: On the main high street and has a friendly British feel to it. 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 opposite 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 Vallée 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 après-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.
Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for all the latest parties and events in Chamonix.