After a hard day’s work on the slopes, there’s nothing more satisfying than going out for some well-earned drinks with your mates. We take a look at five of the best après ski locations in Europe to do just this. Note: we cannot take any responsibility for the state you may end up in as a result…
St. Anton, Austria
St. Anton consistently pops up on ‘best après-ski’ lists, and for good reason. With two world famous bars – the Mooserwirt and the Krazy Kangaruh – it has long been regarded as one of the top après-ski locations in the world. The Mooserwirt supposedly sells 5000 liters of beer per day! Proceedings kick off mid-afternoon, not that you’d notice as the electric atmosphere is reminiscent of a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Other stand-out bars include Griabli, Funky Chicken and Kandahar.
Another firm favorite among après-ski lovers, Verbier is home to a sophisticated nightlife. Although it can be fairly expensive, avoid paying over the odds by following the happy hours around the village. Ask anyone and the name ‘Farinet’ will crop up again and again; its prominent position bang in the center of the resort, coupled with the great live music and reasonably priced drinks, makes it an extremely popular choice. Other places to visit include: the Powder Spirit Bar, The Offshore, The Pub Mont Fort, Central T Bar and Fer a Cheval.
Val d’Isere, France
Val d’Isere is dazzling in the day as a challenging and beautiful resort, and equally dazzling later on with its array of après-ski nights. Why not sample some cocktails at Victors, or head over to the people’s favorites – Dicks Tea Bar and Folie Douce? The Dicks Tea Bar chains of nightclubs have a large British following who lead the way with beer-fueled groovy bars, interwoven with sophisticated and intimate cocktail bars, courtesy of the French. Whilst Folie Douce boasts a vast terrace, regular live music and DJ’s, ensuring a truly atmospheric end to your day. Other bars to check out: Bananas, Café Face, Moris Pub and La Saloon Bar.
Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
Chamonix has earned a reputation for not only great skiing, but great drinking too. There is a wide range of bars, pubs and clubs to choose from, which boast a full capacity all season long. Most notably, Chambre Neuf is known for its liveliness, providing skiers and boarders with unrivalled entertainment (check out local cover band the Bilboas if you can!). Other notable places include Elevation 1904, l’Arbate Café, Monkey Bar and The Jekyll.
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
Sauze d’Oulx is notorious for its quintessential Italian charm. An immensely popular choice amongst the British, Sauze d’Oulx has grown in appeal over the years, striking the perfect balance between offering a vivacious nightlife and remaining true to its Italian roots. The Cotton Club for Acid Jazz offers something a bit different, whilst Paddy McGinty’s Irish pub is always packed. Be sure to also check out Village Café/Bar, New Scotch Pub, Moncrons and Vagabondi.