Après Ski in Val d'Isère
Val d'Isère is renowned for its après-ski scene providing endless restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and busy bars to amuse you well into the early hours.
For lively entertainment, table dancing and excessive amounts of champagne before you even get off the slopes, the Folie Douce is the place to begin your après-ski. For those who have indulged in a few too many to ski back down to La Daille, the cable car leaves from just behind the bar - just remember to get in before it closes!
In the resort itself, Café Face is a popular spot, situated under the Christiania hotel and near the Face de Bellevarde, the famous face of the Winter Olympics in 1992. Since its refurbishment, Café Face has become a slightly more cosmopolitain venue with comfy sofas, ambient lighting and a live DJ every night. This is a perfect end to a day and is full of locals well into the night. Among the many other alternatives are Cocorico - a recent terrace extension situated at the bottom of the slopes offering some incredible music and an electric atmosphere for après; also the Moris Pub - a large venue frequented by seasonaires and holiday makers alike featuring live music - and the Saloon at the bottom of the slopes.
The legendary Bananas is located right at the base of the mountain so is perfect for an après-ski drink or something to eat. Bananas offers an elclectic mix of beers, cocktails and Tex Mex food - we can hightly recommend the signature burgers which are a particular hit with kids.
For a proper pub atmosphere with a Scandinavian twist, try Le Petit Danois which you'll find tucked away just off the Rue de Parc des Sports. This is a busy hangout throughout the season and there's live music and a happy hour.
For a more sophisticated feel, we think nothing beats cocktails at Le Blizzard with its sumptuous sofas and impecabble service. We also recommend the warmth and atmosphere of the Savoyarde's bar making it well worth stopping by before or after dinner. Victors has a Scandi vibe and is renowned for its great cocktails. If you want to make friends with the locals, Le XV at the lower end of the village has a more French vibe and is popular with the locals as is Le Coin des Amis. 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.
Val d’Isère’s most famous night club is Dick’s Tea Bar, which opened on New Year's Eve, 1979 and is now just one of the many fun après-ski venues competing for your attention and budget until well into the small hours. Doudoune is a more recent addition to Val's nightlife with big name guest DJs making regular appearances - right at the foot of the slopes at the Rond Point des Pistes, the club even offers a free night bus to get you home safely.