Val d'IsèreResort Guide - Après Ski
Après Ski Bars in Val d'Isère
La Folie Douce
La Folie Douce has become one of the bastions of partying in the Alps and it all started here in Val D'Isere. With further locations in Val Thorens and most recently Meribel, it has a reputation precedes it. It all starts before you before you even see it because you can hear the pumping beats floating across the mountain when you get near. That's nothing though compared with the scene in front of you as you come over the crest of the diebold piste and you see people dancing on the tables in their ski boots at just gone 3pm.
The liveliness and activities comes from all quarters. We love the crazy cabaret which you can find between their 'fine dining' area La Fruitière and La Folie Douce bar, which goes on between 2:30pm to 3:30pm every day. The aim of this cabaret is to showcase some stylish and creative entertainment in the afternoon.
The party then moves outside from 3pm-5pm everyday when the DJs start pumping out tunes and an outside mountain party is born. The atmosphere is simply crazy, especially during peak times; with champagne being sprayed straight from the bottle into the enthusiastic crowds. You ought to climb onto any surface you can think of, like everyone else, in order to get a better view of the mayhem and to get a good dancing spot.
With a DJ, singers, a mini saxophone and trumpet, and even occasionally a fire-blower on special occasions; this place strives in every possible way to entertain. There is a Phillip Stark designed VIP area available right in the heart of the action behind the bar. You can turn up on spec and if there is room they will seat you, but it's probably better to make reservations in advance.
Doudoune Le Chalet
Doudoune Le Chalet is a decent alternative for an exciting après environment. Doudoune Le Chalet is superbly located down near the end of the main pistes coming into the town, so you can ski-in easily and you do not have to worry so much about a tipsy ski down as you are right at the bottom.
There is a lovely outside area right next to the piste for skier-spotting but the main fun is inside where the live bands play on a raised roof, with all the eager après skiers gazing up at them. Open from 3pm you do not have to worry about closing times here because later Doudoune Le Chalet turns into Le Doudoune Club.
Blue Note is one of the hidden gems of Val d'Isère; it seems to be little known and hence, does not get too packed, but everyone still loves it here. We suggest you visit the Blue Note bar before it gets too popular and overrun by tourists. It is one of the most chilled out bars in Val d'Isère so if you like somewhere hip, but quiet, then this place could quickly become your haven.
Its mixture of Jazz and funk music definitely suits the people who wish to avoid the pop-central après ski. Whilst the classic drinks and snacks will not tantalise your taste buds, at least they will not deaden them; the friendly atmosphere at the Blue Note you will find inviting enough to make you want to come back time and time again.
Le Wine Not – Hotel Le Savoie
Le Wine Not bar in the Hotel Le Savoie is another great little hidden away place that you can sneak off to, to avoid the typical après scene. The bar itself manages to be warm and snug despite the fact that it is has a completely modern design. The outside terrace can be the perfect spot, if the sun is shining, to mingle casually with your friends.
Yet undoubtedly our favourite aspect of Le Wine Not is unsurprisingly its exceptional vintage wine collection; no wine connoisseur visiting Val d'Isère can afford to pass up the opportunity of an afternoon sampling some absolute treasures with the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.
Perhaps due to it being part of the hotel, Le Wine Not is one of those great places that you feel so welcome and directly at home as the staff go out of their way to ensure that you are taking pleasure in your experience there.
Moris is a good old fashioned après pub with live bands almost every day. Happy hour is between 4pm and 6pm each day, so if you fancy something a little more rustic with cheaper prices than most at après then Moris is worth checking out.
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La Folie Douce
La Folie Douce undoubtedly has it going on; the liveliness and activities comes from all quarters. We love the crazy cabaret that goes on from early afternoon until late