Après Ski in Andermatt
The traditional après-ski scene in Andermatt has largely revolved around small, family-run hotel-bar-restaurants for the past century or so, and many of these continue to enjoy great popularity amongst the resort’s long standing fans.
However the arrival of the Chedi Andermatt has totally transformed the après-ski experience available with the arrival of several sophisticated lounge bars, even the chance to indulge in a totally Japanese evening out in the rather surreal location of the Swiss Alps.
The Chedi Andermatt:
The Chedi Andermatt’s main bar has quickly become a major après-ski spot located next to the ski shop. You can enjoy wines by the glass here as well as local beers and there’s often live music as well as crackling fires both indoors and out.
The Chedi also features a number of other bars including an extremely sophisticated wine and cigar library where the bookshelves are wine racks and the sommelier will be happy to suggest an edition to your fancy from anywhere around the world.
Our other recommendations:
In terms of Andermatt’s established après-ski spots, a short walk away from The Chedi, the De Prato Pub in the village centre is a popular watering hole that stays open to the small hours and is also good for pub grub including nachos and burgers.
The Bar Di Alt Apothek is one of the most popular in Andermatt for a cold beer once you get off the slopes. Hosts Sarah and Kevin are known for taking good care of their guests in what is for them their renovated eco-home – it was once the home of the village’s chemists as the name implies! The bar itself is a cosy place and can get busy. When the weather is good there’s an outdoor terrace too. Besides beer the Di Alt Apothek also has a reputation for its excellent wine list, again with Spanish and Portuguese vintages a particular strength.
The Riverhouse Restaurant is another night spot which combines bar and restaurant. Although the restaurant has a good reputation many people do visit just to stay in the bar as it has a reputation for friendly and efficient service from the bar staff and for having a good selection of beers and wines as well as an eclectic cocktail menu.
Other popular places include La Curva, particularly famed for its cocktails, and the Spycher Bar which has a wide selection of beers and schnapps and also big screen TVs for sports events including football, hockey and ski racing.
The wooden Sportsbar Andermatt next to the ice rink usually attracts a younger crowd and has pool tables as well as live bands performing at weekends.
If you do fancy something a little different such as Japanese drinks in the evening try the Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto in the Chedi which features an extensive sake selection as well as classic Japanese beers including Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin.
If a night of dancing takes your fancy, try the Pinte Music Bar, located beneath the De Prato pub, where the music plays in to the wee small hours if you have the stamina!
Alternatively the Schlüsselbar, this time located beneath the resort’s Co-op supermarket (!) is usually buzzing, especially at weekends, and features DJ sets and live bands.