One of the trendiest ski spots in Europe, Val d’Isere is a lively resort with plenty to see and do, aside from taking to the slopes. With busy shops, fancy restaurants and, of course, buzzing nightlife, this ski resort in the French Alps remains one of the most popular with Brits.
But, for many, surfing the mountain slopes isn’t all a ski holiday’s made for. Post-ski, when the sun sets behind the Alps and the twinkling lights switch on, the bars and clubs open for a very different kind of fun: après ski!
Whether you’re looking to dance until the early hours, wind down with a Bailey’s hot chocolate or sip on a glass of bubbly, the Val d’Isere nightlife has it all. To help you decide where to visit during your ski trip this winter, we’ve compiled our top picks of the best après ski bars in Val d’Isere. So, ditch the skis, let your hair down and visit pay a visit to some of the best Val d’Isere bars.
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The Best Val d’Isere Apres Ski Bars
Following a hard day skiing, sit back, listen to an talented live band and down a couple of pints at one of the best après ski bars in Val d’Isere. Located just behind the main lift in the town, Cocorico is a highly popular Val d’Isere nightlife spot which gets filled up pretty quickly. It’s at 6pm that the party really kicks off, though, when the DJ ramps up the music, people start dancing on tables and the atmosphere is undeniably electric. Head down to this Val d’Isere après ski bar and join young and old people alike as they dance the night away. They’ve even got a ginormous outdoor terrace and bar for you to party in the wide open air, complete with a huge sound system.
Open since 1980, this apres ski bar in Val d’Isere has a reputation to uphold amongst locals and visitors alike. La Folie Douce has a group of resident dancers, DJ’s and partiers of all ages that religiously head to this Vla d’Isere nightlife spot each time they visit the French slopes. This Val d’Isere apres ski bar is often the first stop of the night given that it’s located at the top of the La Daille gondola; often considered the ‘highest club in Europe’. Luckily, though, for the many that are too intoxicated to ski down the slopes after a couple of drinks can take the last gondola of the day. Budget-friendly and
Situated at the bottom of the Olympic ‘Face’ this apres ski bar in Val d’Isere is super welcoming and always a good time. A cosy, intimate bar with two separate areas – one for beer and one for spirits – this Val d’Isere apres ski bar has something for everyone. There are even seats outside on a small terrace for when the weather permits. Inside, though, there’s always a great atmosphere and is a massive hit with both locals and tourists. And, if not stopping for the drinks, the food is another reason to take a trip to this Val d’Isere nightlife spot, serving up a fusion of Tex Mex and Indian dishes.
Dating back to 1979, Dick’s Tea Bar has grown to be one of the biggest and the best nightclubs in the French Alps. This Val d’Isere bar isn’t just popular for its drinks and nightlife, though; at 9am Dick’s open its doors for its infamous full English breakfast, when hoards of ski bums fly in to fuel up for the slopes. As the evening draws in, this bar in Val d’Isere closes its doors again as they gear up for the Alps’ night scene. Open longer than any other bar at the ski resort, you can stay to party until 4am! Expect to boogie to a mixture of house music and classics accompanied by live musicians.
Another one of the best bars in Val d’Isere, Petit Danois offers great live music and professional DJs. Incredibly affordable and extremely friendly, this Val d’Isere bar even has a happy hour between the hours of 4pm and 5pm when you can get 2 for 1 drinks. And, with every drink you buy, you’ll also get a free toffee vodka shot. What’s not to love?
The Blizzard Hotel Bar is located in a 5-star hotel in the heart of the village, just a stone’s throw from the slopes. Although it is one of the pricier bars in Val d’Isere, you certainly get what you pay for. Offering fabulous, friendly service, stylish decor, and a splendid selection of drinks mixed by the friendly bar staff. If you’re looking for more of a classy, chilled night than an all out party, then this is likely the best Val d’Isere nightlife spot for you. Sit back in comfy armchairs and admire the stunning views of the slopes and village.