Val d'Isere Apres Ski, Bars & Restaurants

Val d’Isere offers a full range of après ski to suit all tastes and budgets. In Val d'Isere you can eat, you can drink, you can play and you can party hard until six in the morning - and most visitors do all of them.

Val d'Isere Apres Ski Bars & Nightlife

Val d'Isere's apres-ski is notorious, and often boistrous. How some night owls manage to stagger onto the ski slopes again the following morning is difficult to imagine, but they do and it is because Val d’Isere’s nightlife can be like a magnet. On a more relaxing note, there are a number of spa therapy centres in several of Val d'Isère's hotels. Where there a spa there's usually a bar, and Val has plenty to chose from - most with live music, a DJ and a 'happy hour'.

Val d'Isere's most famous bar is Dick's Tea Bar, which opened on New Year's Eve, 1979. It is now made up of three sections - the Entry bar, the Cocktail Bar and legendary Members' Bar next door. More than 1,000 customers a day filter through from 3:00pm until the small hours. But Dick's is now just one of many fun apres ski venues competing for your attention and budget from afternoon until well into the small hours. 

Cocktails in Le Blizzard's bar with its sumptuous sofas are a real treat and the warmth and atmosphere of the Savoyarde's bar make it well worth stopping by before or after dinner. Le XV at the lower end of the village has a more French vibe and is popular with the locals. It is always exciting to be in a ski town during World Cup races, especially at the very start of the ski season, when La Taverne d'Alsace is THE place to meet. 

Dicks Tea Bar

Host to the big name DJs, this is an essential location at night for students and partygoers. It is well known in Val d'Isere and is worth a visit in either the day or the night. It also offers free wireless during the day and the nights can go on right until 4am; a must if it looks like snowstorm the next day! Vodka and spirits are a must here in the evening, but you will feel at home with a nice cup of tea during the day.

Dicks Tea Bar Members Bar and Club

This is an incredibly stylish and expensive bar which is designed to be sophisticated and comfortable, a great place to get away from the rowdy party goers next door in Dick’s Tea Bar.

Doudoune & Cocorico

This is one of Val d’Isere’s newest nightclubs and the club is open until 5am. Set at the Rond Point des Pistes, it hosts international DJs and goes off. Enough said. The Cocorico is the apres-ski aspect of the club and is trying to wrestle with Dick’s Tea Bar and Folie Douce as the best place to go as the ski lifts shut.

Cafe Face

Located next to the main road, the Cafe Face is also situated at the foot of the Face de Bellevarde, the famous face of the Winter Olympics in 1992. This bar is merry and cultural, the decor not having been changed since 1993, with live music most nights from 5pm. Happy hour starts at 4pm and the prices rise 10 cents an hour throughout the night. This is a perfect end to a day and is full of locals and French skiers into the night.

Bananas

This bar has a great position for apres ski or lunchtime stop as it is situated right at the bottom of the slopes in the town system. Their cocktails are renowned in Val d'Isere for being both well mixed and original; they are also served by the pint! Many tourists enjoy this bar and holidaymakers use it as a warm-up before a big night out. This bar has a log fire, which adds a homely feel during the early evening and is also the haven of chalet staff later into the night.

Moris Pub

The Moris pub is large and frequented by seasonaires and holidaymakers alike. This pub has an extensive menu and is fair for a lunchtime burger. In the evening live bands and reasonably priced drinks help make this place one of the liveliest places for an evening out. This was one of the first pubs in Val d'Isere and the name 'Moris' is one of the founder families who put Val on the map as a ski resort. It looks it, though and although it is fun, it’s pretty dingy. 

La Petit Danois

Both a restaurant and a bar make this also a suitable place to go with children. Later on at night it becomes busier and in the morning full English breakfast is served to help those late nights fade away before a big day on the slopes. A central location means there is only a short walk home at the end of the night.

Saloon

Situated at the bottom of the beginners slopes and only one minute walk from the high street this bar is the best place to go both the end of a long day skiing and a fantastic location for a night out. There is free wireless internet available here too. The student friendly bouncers and staff make this place busy and loud right into the night. 

The Lodge

Full of character this bar is renowned for being a French bar, with a slightly more family feel, used as a place to go once the kids have gone to bed later in the night! However, for students, on the right night this cosy bar has fantastic DJs and live bongo and reggae music. 

Le Graal

This is one of the newest nightclubs in town and only a few minutes walk from the city centre offering free bus services home at night, until 4 in the morning. Beer is only two euros and a flashing dance floor makes this a good option.

Victors

Run by Scandinavians the food here is exceptional and it is often really busy after the lifts close in the early evening. People use it as a meeting point later on because of its central location right above the Spar supermarket in the centre of town. Some of the best cocktails are found here and into the night it becomes a good place for a drink.

Foret

Renowned for their 'Hot Toffee Vodka' this bar has one of the liveliest spirits in Val. It is loved by locals and holidaymakers alike, and it has a happy hour on Stella beer rising 50cents an hour from 4pm until 7pm. Located right at the bottom of the slopes, if you still have energy straight after skiing, this is where to get your night started.

La Gourmandine

The Gourmandine is a roof terrace filled as much with non-skiers and injured holidaymakers trying to salvage a tan, as it is with après ski mountain lovers. It is on the Rond Point des Pistes and serves all day from sunrise into the evening. They have a varied menu with the choice of a sweet dessert or crepe to snack on, or a full meal with all the sides. 

La Belle Etoile

One of the classiest bars in Val D'isere this is the only place in the whole town where you can drink Heineken, Crystal or Petrus, whilst enjoying the sounds of live music every night. The most exclusive wine list and many different hot sushi dishes are to be found here.

Bar L'Alexandra

Next to the Post office this is run by an eccentric Kiwi called Phil who is known and loved by the seasonaires. The bar is fantastic for larger groups of people and well known for its high quality loud sound system.

Pacific

This bar is fantastic for seasonaires and holidaymakers alike. Probably the most friendly atmosphere in Val d'Isere, it has seven plasma screens all playing a variety of sports and ski movies so that you do not miss any of the Premier League matches or any other sport in the rest of the world. Right next to the main parade of shops and the famous Precision rental shop this place is perfect for apres ski, or a full night out.. Also watch out for the amazing ski and snowboard raffles on every week on a Wednesday. There is free wireless internet at Pacific Bar until 7pm.

Blue Note

An atmospheric bar, with very few students, this bar is a great place to get away from the party crowd whilst enjoying a well mixed drink. It is easy to miss but is actually right at the bottom of the ESF meeting point and next to their offices. Free bar snacks from 3pm and cheap drinks for apres ski make this bar unique so close to the slopes.

Underground Café

This is a new bar right in the centre of town on the main high street. It has an urban feel with modern art on the walls and around the tables and hosts some of the best cocktail makers in the region. 

Le Pub

A cosy little pub located in a parade of shops on the high street next to the internet cafe this is a quite place but extremely friendly and serving great food and drink throughout the evening.

Val d'Isere Restaurants

There is a wide choice of places for eating out: ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants and takeaway pizzas. At the top end, but still affordable, dinner at La Savoyarde is superb. Others include Hotel Aigle de Neige (formerly Les Latitudes), which has been completely transformed and is rapidly become one of the places to eat out. 

The Perdrix Blanche, right in the main street, always provides a wide selection of food, from Chinese to Savoyarde. La Table des Neiges has an excellent chef, or try for La Taverne d'Alsace for something other than Savoie fare. During the Criterium de Premier Niege in mid December, this is one of the best places to eat in town – it’s not bad for the rest of the season, either.

Les Clocheton, in the Manchet Valley, is a good spot for lunch for skiers returning from the Santons piste area. L'Arolay, at Le Fornet, serves local specialities in a friendly atmosphere. La Becca, a hotel restaurant at Le Laisinant, serves excellent food.

Le Casa Scara is a stylish and cosy little Italian restaurant opposite the church: the risotto with truffles is 'to die for'! Le Pré d'Aval, which serves local specialities in the town centre, is unpretentious and good value for money.

For good value and good food Tufs at La Daille is also open in the evenings: likewise the Brasserie du Grand Cocor (Bar des Sports). Sur la Montagne (33 4 79 40 06 12) on Val's high street is another relatively reasonable restaurant worth a visit. The Billabong Cafe appeals to the young and the hamburger-hungry.



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