After a long day on the slopes you just want an early evening, right? No thanks. Après ski is a legendary part of a ski or snowboarding trip. If you’re looking to drink too much, dance on the table in your ski boots and stumble on home, there will likely be lots of others joining in the fun with you. Luckily if you make it home by 10pm you can get at least eight hours of sleep and be refreshed for another day on the mountain. Where should you party? Here’s our pick of the best après spots in the Alps.
Best Après Spots in the Alps
1. The Rond Point – Méribel
The Rond Point (“Ronnie”) is the place to be right after a day on the slopes. Situated on the main piste into Meribel and with access by the bus route it’s easy to get to. The Ronnie is known for it’s huge open terrace blasting live music every day of the week from some of the best bands and DJ’s in the Alps. It’s a spot that is always popular with the seasonaire crowd and with their legendary toffee vodka you’ll get your evening off to a great start.
2. Dick’s Tea Bar – Val d’Isère
The original Dick’s Tea Bar opened here in 1979, so head over for some après ski drinks before the disco scene begins late night. From 4pm everyday they have live bands & DJs. The beer is cheap and there are lots of seating areas. With board games, beer pong, milkshakes, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and even bacon butties there’s something for everyone at après. They also run a shuttle bus from the bottom of La Daille straight to Dick’s everyday.
3. Cafè Snesko – Val Thorens
The Danish bar Cafe Snesko guarantees a good time and exciting atmosphere. Located on the main area in upper Val Thorens, it’s only a tiny place that fills up quickly. The live music kicks off at 5:30pm with a mix of Danish folk music, English sing-a-long classics and more – this place truly attracts an international crowd. Be warned: don’t dance too close to the bar as they’re known to set it on fire! Find out for yourself how the Scandinavians party.
4. Farinet Bar – Verbier
Previously voted the Best Après in the Alps, Le Farinet Bar is the place to go for mandatory dancing on the bar and live bands everyday during the season. Happy hour runs from 4-5pm and once the party heats up, they open the sliding roof to let out some steam! You won’t forget the experience of dancing while snow falls in through the open roof. With a prime location in the main square, it is an après that seasonaires, locals, and holiday makers flock to.
5. La Folie Douce – Méribel/Courchevel
Sitting at 2500m on the piste, La Folie Douce is a high altitude club that parties all afternoon. You’ll definitely hear the funky house music bumping as you ski by. With DJs, live bands (hello saxophone players!) and dancers performing on a massive open terrace, they rock from 2-5pm everyday. As it was originally inspired by the clubs in Ibiza, expect multiple champagne showers, table top dancing and all around fun. Just be careful skiing back down the mountain!
No matter where you’re headed this winter, you’re bound to find a fun and lively après party. Is the season going to start already? We’re ready to après. Where do you like to après in the Alps? Let us know in the comments below.