Chamonix's reputation as one of the liveliest apres ski resorts in the alps is richly deserved. Whether you are looking for a civilised cocktail, or a raucous celebration of the day's fantastic skiing there's an bewildering array of bars to suit all tastes. We've sorted the wheat from the chaff to present you with some of the better, and lesser, known bars, pubs and clubs which Chamonix has to offer.
Chambre Neuf is the place for apres ski in Chamonix. With a live band, Swedish girls dancing on tables, and bearded mountain folk it has everything you need after a hard day on the mountain. It also does two for one cocktails in the evenings.
No Escape is a new addition to Chamonix's nightlife. No Escape is a very cool place to hang out for a pre-dinner cocktail or aperitif or party into the small hours to the tunes of the resident DJ. It's very chic, very London and very expensive.
La Terrace has the best location in town with live music downstairs and a more refined upstairs bar with comfy sofas.
Le Lapin Agile has a huge selection of wines from around the world. During the evening, between 6-9pm, a buffet bar of tasty appetisers is available free of charge with your drinks. The Lapin is not overly touristy and does a fantastic hot chocolate, great for when the temperatures plumet.
Bar'd Up is one of the few remaining seasonaire hangouts and is a great place for watching sports events and they have regular dj's and themed nights.
Le Garage is Chamonix's largest nightclub and is situated on the outskirts of Cham'Sud and is frequented by the French, Scandinavians and British from all over town. Not a place to enter sober.
Le Privelege along Rue du Moulin is very much a bar not a pub and as such is reassuringly expensive.
Le Vagabound is a Chamonix institution with a lively, upbeat and friendly crowd with seasonaires and holidaymakers alike.
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix or MBC is a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and is popular amongst locals. They often have live bands and their homebrew has the nasty habit of catching up on you unawares.
La Cantina organises some of Chamonix's best dance nights and is the home of Chamonix's underground music scene regularly playing host to dj's from around the world.
The Clubhouse, like No Escape, is very London,very funky and does very good cocktails.
South Bar, Munster, Monkey Bar and Le Toff are all situated in Cham-Sud and are lively, popular bars especially with Chamonix's seasonaire contingent.
The Jekyll, on the outskirts of Chamonix, regularly has live bands and DJs sporting events.
Le Verte, on the outskirts of town near Gaillands climbing wall, has a solid crew of regulars and a funky image attracting the gnarly snowboarder crowd.
Once devoid of bars Les Houches has seen a number of welcome additions in the last few years. Le Delice is a great restaurant and tapas bar popular with the locals whilst La Chavanne is a good place for a quiet pint. Le Slalom has proved popular with locals and tourists alike.