Take BarChick to the slopes with you and she'll show you where to have a good time snow or shine...
The Farinet Lounge Bar: Sexy, swanky, smooth and expensive, but if any of that's a problem then what the hell are you doing in Verbier? Boasting the best cocktails in town this is the place to get stuck in and let your credit card take the strain. With hot bartenders and loud music, it kicks off most nights, so book a table and dance on the sofas – you'll need to hit the Espresso Martinis to get you through the night and on to the next.
Carrefour Central, 1936 Switzerland
The Après Ski Bar (Farinet Hotel): Voted best après ski bar worldwide in 2004... it’s kind of a big deal. Hit the happy hour hard (4 – 5pm), and then get stuck in to the daily live music which kicks off at 6.30pm – it's not for the fainthearted (or the sober). This is a dancing-on-the-bar-in-your-ski-boots whilst singing your heart out to rock anthems kinda place, get the Turbo Shandies in and go for your life, it’s all over by 9pm so it’s a nice quick fix!
Carrefour Central, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland
The Farm Club: The Farm is a Verbier institution and even though it’s no longer so fresh faced, it’s still a favourite. They have a strict-ish door policy and the drinks aren’t cheap but don’t be put off, its got to be done at least once. Sure, the music’s cheesy but everyone’s having a good time, just don’t forget your Gucci goggles and be sure to dodge the Russians on the dance floor.
Route de Verbier Station 55, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland
Coup D'Etat: A seasonaires favourite. The cocktails are good and not too expensive; we love the Coup 10s and their signature Martini – the Coup d’Etat. It’s a cool place and it gets even cooler (actually hotter) when the DJs hit the decks at midnight. So drink up, get sweaty and stagger home at 4am, and no matter how bad you’re feeling rest assured that you don’t have to get up in time to make your guests breakfast like the others!
Rue de la Poste 20, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland
Mix Bar: Located in the heart of the partying area of town, this is a must visit. The cocktails are really good and reasonably priced, the Mojito Royal is great if you like that kind of thing; think Mojito but with Champagne instead of soda. Yes! The DJs keep the vibe booming so get involved.
90 Rue des Moulins, 74400 Chamonix, France
Quartz Bar, Hameau Albert 1ER: It’s all crystals and frost in here and it looks kinda fresh. It is definitely the place to go if you like wine and Champagne, but in more relaxed surroundings. Don’t go here expecting a wild night, just sit back and enjoy the music (5 nights a week), sample a few cocktails and hit the snack menu. It's also great for afternoon tea and cake whilst discussing your hot instructor/the days wipe-outs!
38 route du Bouchet, B.P. 55, 74402 Chamonix, France
Chambre Neuf: If you dig crazy après-ski and Sweeds then this will be right up your street. It is small and gets packed – but who cares, jostle in and get involved. Go here for a good lunch before it transforms into a wild partying hive and get dancing on those tables!
272, av Michel Croz Chamonix Centre, France
The Clubhouse: This boutique-chalet, bar and restaurant claims to make the best cocktails that you will ever drink and we’re going with it (when in Chamonix). Go here to relax and indulge and not to get hammered; it is far too nice not to remember it. Plus it has a perfect stock of wines and Champagnes for those who appreciate quality not quantity.
74 Promenade des Sonnailles, 74400 Chamonix, France
Cantina: The restaurant is home to some awesome Mexican food so check it out and hit that tequila. With the club recently open, head there after food for a low down, dirty late night. It’s not to be missed so grab a sombrero and get down there!
37 Impasse Rhododendrons, Chamonix, France
Le Petit Kitchen: Kick off here with a full English breakfast at 11am and you'll be ready for the day. The place is retro cool, with kitsch deco and a nice vibe, plus the food is great and it’s not expensive. Come here for supper or a more relaxed après ski consisting of beer or something hot, and definitely hit the brownies, they’re where it’s at.
80 Place du Poilu, 74400 Chamonix,France
Bistrot Du Sport: If you are in Chamonix for the long haul and want to meet the locals then this is where it’s at. Incredibly warm with a friendly atmosphere, they serve a huge assortment of delicious local dishes to get stuck in to, definitely order the raclette or the snails. P.S. very sly place to meet ski instructors if you're into them.
182 Rue Joseph Vallot, 74400 Chamonix, France
La Cabane: With views this good it’s hard to leave so don't; stay for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Combining traditional styles with a modern feel, the food is delicious and locally sourced and is the perfect place to settle in to a Genepi drinking session in front of a roaring log fire.
La Cabane des Praz, 27, Route Golf, Chamonix, France
La Vert Hotel: Voted the best bar in Chamonix on a number of occasions, it’s a must visit. Go for a chilled out game of pool table and Sky TV. Weekends see some top international music talents play (we saw Crazy P and Gilles Peterson) - go get your freak on.
964 Route des Gaillands, 74400 Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France
Folie Douce: This place is epic, especially when the sun is out. Expect surprisingly good beats, a hot chick MC, live saxophone, dancing on tables and as much drinking as you can handle - it is an absolute must! Just be warned it’s up the mountain so you have to ski home after, for some this is near impossible but for others it’s the best they ski all week. Go wild, enjoy and send it BarChick's love!
Rue de la Boucle, 73440 Val Thorens, France
Folie Douce: Things get crazy here and it's where BarChick likes to call home when in the mountains. Kickoff is around 3pm, although get here for lunch to line the stomach before hours of mayhem. Expect raving on tables, a load of jager bombs, Champagne spraying everywhere and lots of fun and debauchery. Under no circumstances is this to be missed.
Tommeuse Street, 73150, Val d'Isere, France
Dick's Tea Bar: With two new entrepreneurial owners taking the helm, this place has had a face lift and it’s better than ever. With its old charm and some modern touches, it’s the place to unwind slash party. Relax in slippers, get a table and order a four-litre Champagne cocktail, or sit at the bar and smash the jager bombs. Either way you will have an awesome time.
Les Crêtes Blanches, 73150 Val d'Isère, France
Just below the bottom of the piste, this is the place to get the party started, and boy these guys know how to do it (most of them are involved with the Folic Douce too so it goes without saying). One of the cool spots in town, it’s full of colour, comfy seating and canapés, in fact it’s pretty sophisticated until the revellers arrive. You’re here to party and drink: the bar is well stocked with 100s of spirits, it’s always rammed and the DJs are some of the best in town. Get stuck in, rave in your ski boots and get the drinks in quick, the prices are on a sliding scale and increase every hour (don’t be the one buying rounds at the bar at 1am).
Chef Lieu, 73150, Val D'isere, France
Crazy Kanguruh: You might spot the kangaroo skiing about giving out shots, follow him! If you want the madness of hen parties, stag dos, fancy dress, men in wedding dresses and a good spot of crowd surfing, then this place holds the key. Go for lunch, hit the jager bombs hard and then get stuck in for the night... good luck skiing back. P.S. they have a live web cam so don’t be telling too many people you’re there.
Mooserweg 19 A, 6580 St. Anton, Austria
Mooserwirt: Big, bad après-ski in St Anton, this place is the Daddy of Euro trash après ski bars. It gets wild and 1,000 skiers still in kit go kind of crazy. This place kicks off from about 4pm, you won’t be disappointed and you won’t leave sober. Dance on the tables and party hard, but please take care skiing down that last run.
Unterer Mooserweg 2 6580 Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Rond Point: Party central for young seasonaires, this place is always full to the brim of fun English folk. The band belts out classics that even if you’ve just arrived sober you'll be singing/shouting along to. Oh and they have a great happy hour too... hello!
Immeuble Rond Point des Pistes, 73550 Meribel, France
Barometer: Sophisticated and stylish… but don’t be put off by that, this place knows how to party (and hard), especially after pints of the treacherous Mutzig Old Lager. Get stuck in to the good beats and good drinks, or tuck in to one of their famous grilled sandwiches and watch a vintage ski film on one of the plasmas.
B.P. 55, 73550 Meribel, France
The Pub: This place is big and busy and is spot on for après ski. With live music booming out most of the time, it’s impossible to not fight your way to the bar, rack up a line of jager bombs, meet hundreds of new friends and then dance and drink the night away. P.s. if you want to meet hot/vintage ski instructors then head to Scotts next door.
Route de la Chaudanne, 73550, Meribel, France
The Taverne: Sidestep round the youth puking outside (the staff are used to this) and head inside for some fun and warmth. The food is good, nothing too fancy but it will sort you out after a hard day on the slopes. Get stuck in, get involved and get drinking… it’s always rammed so squash in and party on.
BP61, 73550 Meribel, France
Amsterdam Bar: The patio of this place is always pumping come snow or shine. As far as Whistler is concerned this is the place to go. The music is great, and you get to play DJ in the jukebox when it’s a little quieter. Come and get wasted after a hard day on the slopes.
4232 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC, Canada
Hennustal: With a live band playing most days it’s the perfect place for a party. They have some lethal shot concoctions that will mess you up and with those beats and a great atmosphere it is easy to lose yourself here for the evening. Not a problem.
Hennustall, Blatten, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Casa Antica: If you dance harder than you ski, then this is the place for you. Steer clear of jager bombs, this is not the time or place, keep your cool, and stick to the G n Ts. Dress casual and come here after dinner to dance dirty to the vintage music. It’s night time debauchery at its best and we love it.
Casa Antica, Landstrasse 176, 7250 Klosters, Switzerland
The Londoner: This place is buzzing with events and parties, especially during Hahnenkamm weekend (end of Jan). Basically it’s a typical London pub with a major difference...this place knows how to party and hard! So get the beers in, shoot some shots and get raving.
Franz Reisch Str 4, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria
The Lobby Bar at The Palaca Hotel: Well known for being one of the best hotels in Gstaad and it shows; all wood panelling, painted ceilings, carved pillars and a massive fireplace – think Scarface’s ski lodge. Find your spot amongst the sofas, chairs and general cosy vibes and await table service. It's civilised, so civilised you don’t even need to get cold to have a smoke – they have a glass–panelled smoking room in the corner.
Gstaad Palace, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
Richi's Pub: Fancy a pint? Well head to Richi’s, it's more like the local pub in here. With beers on tap (try the Schneider Weisse), pub prices and a jukebox with just about everything on it (you can download tracks). The small room is plastered in drink-brand-bling (dripping in beer memorabilia), the bar is long and there’s a football table. What else could you want?… a shag? - sorry can't help.
Richi's Pub, Hauptstrasse, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland