Davos Bars & Restaurants

Apres ski in Davos begins on the slopes, notably the ‘Schwendis’ on the way down from Parsenn, sometimes involving torchlit descents as night falls. While Davos may seem best suited to an older clientele, with fine dining (at fine prices) and early nights, Davos has been voted the best resort with winter nightlife in the whole of Switzerland.

Davos Apres Ski Bars

As with any other good ski resort, in Davos the partying begins on the slopes, notably the 'Schwendis' in the woods on the way down from Parsenn, including the possibility to make torchlit descents as night falls. For those preferring an earlier end to the day's skiing, Café Schneider and Kaffee Klatsch in Platz and Café Weber in Dorf are popular for afternoon tea and cakes. And there are plenty of expensive clothes shops to spend your money in.

In Davos Platz, Scala's outside sun terrace is a popular spot for après ski, but liveliest of the lot are Chämi, popular with locals and very atmospheric later in the evening, and Ex-Bar, which attracts a smarter mixed age group. At the other end of town in Davos Dorf, many ski instructors congregate at the Montana bar while Bar-Senn, near the entrance to the Parsennbahn, is a squeeze but has good atmosphere after skiing.

The partying in Klosters begins with a riotous time at Gaudy's Graströchni, one of those rotunda shaped see-through bars so popular on the slopes in Austria. Later on Klosters' nightlife revolves mainly around its hotels, particularly the Chesa Grischuna, with its stylish piano bar, and the Hotel Pardenn.  The main disco (visited by Prince Harry) is on the ground floor of the Casa Antica in the Silveretta Parkhotel. In Klosters-Dorf the in-places include Rufinis and the Madrisa Pub.

Davos Klosters Bars & Restaurants

The local Gastroführer guide, available from the Davos tourist office, will help you pick from a wide choice of restaurants, including fine gourmet restaurants in some of the ritzier hotels, and narrow the choice to your palate and your pocket.

Scala is a modern restaurant with innovative cuisine, La Caretta serves Swiss and Italian food in rustic surroundings and Extrablatt offers specialties straight from the grill. Al Ponte has the best pizzas in town and if you want Chinese food you should try Zauberberg or Goldener Drachen.  For gourmet dining in Davos, Mann & Co (15 Points Gault Millau) at Waldhotel Davos is highly recommended and Restaurant Hänggi's at Davos Platz offers excellent food at reasonable prices and good service even though it cannot yet claim to have won any special awards.

As with any other resort the guest demographics vary throughout the season. Off the slopes Davos once seemed better suited to an older clientele, but things have obviously changed. These days its numerous bars, discos, nightclubs and casino are reportedly buzzing late at night, even though it may be a bit quieter (Sunday - Wednesday) as some guests prefer to spend a quiet night in the comfort of their hotel or apartment, particularly those staying towards the outer limits of the town, from Thursday - Saturday the nightlife is first rate.

Davos is partnered with Aspen in Colorado and Chamonix in France, and it seems it's no longer the odd one out in terms of lively après ski. According to the Sonntagszweitung (the main Sunday newspaper) Davos now has the best winter nightlife in the whole of Switzerland.  The most popular nightclubs in Davos are Cabanna, Rotliechtli and the Postli, which is "the" place to be on Friday and Saturday nights in winter.

Klosters also has a few lively bars and more than its fair share of fine dining. In Klosters, the liveliest bars are the Rossli, with its giant TV sports screen, the Cresta Hotel Bar which announces proudly "you may even be smoked" - translation "where you may smoke" and the Gotschnabar by the cable car base station. Good restaurants in Klosters include the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Hotel Walserhof (The Prince of Wales' favourite hotel, with 17 Gault-Millau points) and the traditionally rustic restaurant at the Chesa Grischuna.

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