Oooh we so love a good après sesh. We’ve already raved about the magic of La Folie Douce and Val Thorens’ epic après-ski scene. Plus, France hosts a couple of amazing festivals every year too. So, we’ve had a think about our favourite places for a good après-ski party in France, and here are our choices.
The Best Après-ski in France Is: Val Thorens
At the top spot, its our fave. We absolutely love Val Thorens and have had quite the rave about its Michelin-starred, fine dining, and mid-range restaurants. We 100% believe it offers the best après-ski in France. For a detailed break down on the après-ski, read more about the different clubs and pubs it has to offer.
We live for La Folie Douce with its outdoor Euro tunes but we also love several other unique venues. The Rhum Box offers a huge variety of rhums to sink into. Favela is a gorgeous little venue with cracking music and delicious food. For a great party, hit up the Malaysia Club or Klub Summit. For an early morning hangover cure, head to the Frog and Roast Beef.
For the second best après-ski in France, head to Val d’Isère. This resort is loved by the British and attracts party animals from far and wide. Kick things off with an on-piste party at La Folie Douce. La Folie lets you party your afternoon away in your ski gear, whilst serving excellent food and drink, all to the sound of dance music. Once the ski lifts stop though, the party at LFD is over. Best to save yourself from an early evening wipeout and prepare to head on to more awesome places.
If you prefer less techno but want the same volume of beer, head to the Morris Pub. The burgers are pretty good and there’s always a good vibe. Lap up the fairy lights at Cocoricos. You can also try Cafe Face, Le Petit Danois, and Dick’s Tea Bar for more booze and fun. Dick’s Tea Bar opens its doors at 4pm and parties through until around 5am, so don’t be alarmed if you take an early chair with someone who honks of tequila; now you probably know why.
Home to the Musilac Festival, Chamonix is a flipping massive resort with an après scene to match. You can find a whole host of fabulous restaurants and bars in the town centre. People from across Europe come here, so look out for a mix of French, British, and Scandinavian party goers.
Chambre 9 has live bands on most evenings, and the atmosphere is lively and fun. If live music is your thing, you can also head to Les Rhododendrons or the Jekyll. Munster Bar is a good hoot too. We have a soft spot for a microbrewery called the MBC which puts on smashing nosh alongside its delicious beer.
For a boogie, go to the Mexican La Cantina, or hit up the Garage, Le Privilege, or the Clubhouse. The Garage is open to most anyone, whereas Le Privilege and the Clubhouse are slightly more up-market venues. L’Amnesia is also a great spot too.
Another home to La Folie Douce, Méribel’s après-ski is pretty damn good. Have a dance in your ski boots at La Folie, and then make sure you visit Le Rond Point (some call it the Ronnie), arguably the best place to party in Méribel. You’ll be able to pick up a big old jug of beer, and enjoy some toffee-vodka shots (trust us, they’re amazing) and live music in the sun. The Coeur de Cristal is another on-piste piss-up location that we’d recommend, with similar vibes to La Folie.
For something a smidge more fancy, try Le Poste, or head to Jack’s Bar for pre-drinks. Jack’s Bar also puts on some great comedy shows and is usually packed out during major sporting events. The Taverne Bar is also a safe bet for some good booze and tunes. For some Irish pub meets club vibes, hit up O’Sullivans.
Les Deux Alpes
The main strip in Les 2 Alpes is called the Avenue de la Muzelle and you will find some 40-odd pubs and bars to try out. There are also eight nightclubs in the resort. Visit le Rhumery to try a host of yummy rums, or for great Mexican food, try Smokey Joe’s or The Secret. The Avalanche club is where you’ll be headed if you fancy a long night on the dancefloor, otherwise hit up the Windsor Pub for a slightly more classy and quiet evening.
The Pano Bar on the piste blasts out some great tunes that you can lap up in the sun. If you’re able to ski straight (and ski good), head down the Valentin to continue the après. Otherwise, take the Jandri Gondola for a safer, and hopefully less queasy, ride.
Fancy a bit of ostrich or kangaroo and some shots? Sounds like an odd mix, but it’s one that goes down surprisingly well at Lounge 21. For another eccentric experience, head to Freeride, where you buy you drinks in a sort of ‘stock exchange’ style; every 100 seconds, prices adjust, according to the popularity of each drink. Need the loo? You’ll have to slide down a small chute to get to it.
La Folie Douce is also a raving success in these parts, along with Underground bar and L’Igloo, so you’ve got plenty to choose from. We also recommend O’Sharkeys, Smithy’s, and Sphere Bar for the ultimate pub crawl.
Try the Loop in Le Lac for live music outdoors and there’s also a place called Queue du Cochon which we always dip into for some mad cocktails. If you fancy a night of fancy dress, don your animal onesie and head to the Saloon. The Melting Pot and Blue Girl are also great party venues too. If you really can’t stand to be away from La Folie, head over to Val d’Isere before the lifts close, for some afternoon outdoor après action.
Home to the Snowboxx Festival, Avoriaz is a cracking resort that boasts a hoard of great venues. Visit the shot bar, Le Shooters to try every shooter under the sun. Meanwhile, the Wild Horse Saloon is a Wild-West-meets-Mexican style restaurant bar where you can drown yourself in nachos and booze.
Yes, the seven Michelin-starred restaurants are a major attraction here, and many guests come for the gastronomy as much as anything else. However, Courchevel also has its own bars with happy hours too. In Courchevel 1850, try Le Panoramic for an on-slope party with insane views. For a tropics-meets-snow vibe, head to the top of the Bellecote piste to find Waikiki. Have an aperitif at Le 8611 and head to nightclub Les Caves afterwards. Beware, most resturants and bars at Courchevel 1850 are going to be on the expensive side. Courchevel 1650 offers slightly more affordable bars and restaurants, such as Le Zinc, Funky Fox, Fire & Ice, and La Boulotte.
Book Your Next Ski Trip and Experience the Best Après-Ski in France This Season
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Whilst we love a good party, we encourage you to be safe and make good choices on your ski trip. Visit Drink Aware for help and info.