ChamonixResort Guide - Bars & Clubs
Bars & Clubs in Chamonix
Situated in the Hotel Albert 1st, the Quartz Bar presents to you one of the chicest bars in Chamonix. To suit its name, the bar has been designed to shimmer like rock crystals (which are the treasures of Mont Blanc Massif). For wine-lovers, the Quartz Bar offers 16 different types of wine that you can try by the glass; the perfect way to taste their alpine and vintage wines as well as their superb selection of champagnes. However, do not forget that there is also a large range of rare cocktails and liqueurs available here too. The atmosphere in here cannot be faulted, due to the lounge music that they play every evening from 6:30pm to 11pm (apart from Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The chilled out setting mixed with musicians singing and playing between the tables means that you can relax in a vibrant ambiance. The chic compositions of their very own Samir Hodzik are an eclectic mix of jazz, classical and international music, excessively creative and inspiring. This is a romantic spot to be enjoyed by couples and sophisticated friends, however, move on to somewhere else on this list if you want to experience some livelier Chamonix night-life.
Mix Bar & Club
Located in the main party scene of Chamonix, Mix Bar is loved for its modern funky décor and its owners (the Hoax brothers), who frequently DJ at the start of the evening to get the party started. It is possible to eat at the Mix Bar but it is advisable to eat before 10pm as this is when the bar usually gets busy. This is one of the better bars in Chamonix where girls dress to impress and boys tend to wear shirts rather than hoodies, a brilliant way to avoid the ski-bum haunts. The mix of resident and guest DJs ensure that the music is kept fresh, something which can definitely not be said for every club in the resort. The music is generally a combination of baleric and minimal house, this could be off-putting for some who wish to chill to music they all know and love. The Mix Bar can also be a place for après ski, although definitely not the favourite spot, if you wish to join the late après ski and keep on going with your night, this bar fits the mould. Although a wide range of liqueurs and other drinks are offered, the Mix Bar is famous for its fine and tasty cocktails so make sure you try one during the night even if they are not usually your thing. The staff at the Mix Bar are so obliging that if you request something off the menu they will do their very best to make it for you, it comes with top-notch service.
Le Privilege Lounge Bar
Open from 4pm to 2am, Le Privilege Lounge Bar can be your après ski all the way to late night partying if you can stand the pace. This French-run bar has an eclectic mix of local and African décor inside coupled with a brightly-lit glass bar that gives the place a really funky look. The beautiful girls behind the bar are undoubtedly hired for the pleasure of your eye. There is regular music playing here, usually acoustic duos or house DJs who create a fabulously lively atmosphere. There is a wide selection of all the finer things in life; cocktails, wines, liqueurs and champagnes. If you have reached the end of your night in Le Privilege, why not jump over to their sister night-club: L'Amnesia, this place stays open until a tiring 4am.
What We Like
A trip up Aiguille de Midi
The tramway up to Aiguille de Midi takes you a breath-taking 9,000 vertical feet high in under 20 minutes. The views from here, especially on a clear day are completely unbelievable.
The Freeride World Tour
Seeing the best freeride skiers in the world hurtle themselves down a mountain, trying their best to impress the judges with back-flips off vertical faces, this event needs no explanation as to why its one of the most awe-inspiring things you will ever see.
Lunch at Auberge du Bois Prin
The best combination of spectacular views and michelin-star quality food, will make this a lunch to never forget! Hidden away from the hordes, stop in here to warm yourself in front of a blazing log fire.
Après Ski at Chambre Neuf
For the ultimate experience of après ski, pop in here if you want to know how skiers really party in the French Alps. Prepare for mess and muss, no fine dining and fancy cocktails here.