The best après bars in Chamonix, France

Chamonix: bars and nightlife
Chamonix's après scene starts before the lifts closes and goes on until the early hours of the morning

While some people prefer to stay in Argentière or Les Houches, to be nearer to challenging or easier slopes, to be in with the action, it’s best to stay in the resort centre – outside Chamonix town, the nightlife is quieter. That said, the Chamo’Nuit night bus runs four services per evening, between 8.50pm and midnight, from Les Houches to Argentière via Chamonix, which works for early après ski and a good night out in the bars, but not for serious clubbing. 

In the early evening, the main focus in Chamonix is the triangle of bars with food, beer, cocktails, outdoor tables and live music near the station on Avenue Michel Croz. 

The Office

If staying in Argentière for easy access to Grand Montets challenges, The Office has music, sport on TV, pitchers, pizzas and plenty of powder chat.

Les Marmottons

At the foot of Argentière’s home run there is regular live music on the terrace at Les Marmottons

Elevation 1904

The most mellow of the bars around Avenue Michel Croz Elevation 1904 serves a range of local and international beer alongside a long cocktail list, plus burgers and other simple fare. It has indoor and outdoor tables, and later on there are DJ sessions and theme nights.

Le Chamonix Social Club

At around 11pm, people move on to the Rue des Moulins for the Chamonix Social Club which has resident and guest DJs, plus a wide range of cocktails.

L’Alibi

Opposite the town hall in the centre of town with Great Gatsby inspired decor, L’Alibi specialises in cocktails, wine and tapas with a DJ backing track and is open until 2am. 

La Folie Douce

DJs, dancers and musicians perform at the Après-Ski Party at La Folie Douce hotel in the town centre from 4pm to 8pm. For later on, the hotel’s Le Janssen Cocktail Club bar keeps the party going until 1am.

Amnesia

The biggest club in Chamonix, Amnesia is in town near the Aiguille du Midi cable car and has two rooms with resident and guest DJs performing to a mixed party crowd every night until 4am.