About Bars & Nightlife in Courchevel
There’s no better way to celebrate a great day on the slopes than with a few well earned après-ski drinks amongst friends. Whether you prefer to soak up the last of the afternoon sun with a quiet beer or dance on the tables in your ski boots, Courchevel has no shortage of great spots where you can amuse yourself when the lifts shut for the day. Here are a few suggestions:
The glitziest, and most expensive village in Courchevel, it will come as little surprise that the nightlife scene here comes at a price. Not only are drinks prices scarily high in many establishments but the rising costs in resort have negatively impacted on the bar scene with many places shutting down in recent years to make way for expensive shops, chalets and restaurants. What remains are some seriously pricey French clubs and only a handful of bars worthy of a mention:
La Luge - This modern French bar set in the back of the La Luge Concept store is a secret spot to enjoy a drink at all hours of the day, and night, in 1850. With a chilled atmosphere, sunny balcony and reasonably priced drinks, it attracts holiday makers and locals alike.
Ku-de-ta - Ku-de-ta is a welcoming apres spot in the heart of Courchevel. Sitting on the snow front it is perfect to catch some afternoon sun on the decking before cozying up inside to some local live music. Later into the evening, it becomes an affordable late night drinking spot where anyone and everyone can let loose. You're never sure why, but invariably it's a good night.
Snow Lodge - Newly renovated in 2016, the Snow Lodge is a chilled out reasonably priced hide away in 1850. They host live lounge singers and cocktails to sip on as you sink into the large sofas.
Courchevel Moriond (1650)
With an ever shrinking selection of bars in 1850, Courchevel Moriond is the unofficial hub of Courchevel after dark. With a wide array of bars to suit every taste there are après bands, rustic French bars and DJs filling the dance floor til the early hours. Here's our pick of the best:
La Boulotte - Following the unrefuted success of Katie's Thursday night après offerings in recent years, this year the Boulotte will be hosting après bands four nights a week - and we can't wait! In a rustic Savoyard setting, this place really earned its reputation as the place not to miss and come Thursday every man, his dog and seemingly half the resort piles into this small bar, raising the roof and the temperature to near boiling point. Not unlike an Austrian après bar this place really goes off, and its not uncommon to see people dance on the tables or crowd-surf by. This isn't for the fainthearted but it is a lot of fun so make an early evening visit a priority on your next trip. This is also possibly the best lunch spot in 1650 for home-cooked hearty fare that won't break the bank.
Funky Fox - Knows how to throw a party! But following a revamp the Fox is expanding its offering this winter, serving food and sharing platters as its ventures into the early evening scene. Every Tuesday they'll be hosting their usual DJ sets and to add some variety they'll be showcasing an array of musical talent each Friday night with everything from Blues and Saxophone, to Beat Boxing and Drum and Bass. So every good night in 1650 will not only end in the Fox but may well start there too!
Le Bubble - This English-owned bar serves reasonably priced drinks and its famous paninis. Frequent live music and friendly staff make this a popular hang out around the clock.
La Cabane - Super-small French bar in the centre of town its friendly staff serves wine and beers and oddly seafood, with a mini bar outside as well.
Le Schuss - This atmospheric typically Savoyard French bar is a good option if you need reminding you've left England. But be prepared to pay for the privilege with higher than average drink prices and less than friendly staff.
Courchevel Village (1550)
Le Caterail - (formerly Baroeuf) this French-run bar is promising live music every Thursday from 10pm and describes itself as a Vodka bar....a little tasting and exploration might be in order.
Courchevel Le Praz
The most French of the Courchevel villages, Le Praz oodles character. No truer example of that can be found than the presence of the first drinking hole recommended and our top tip for your holiday:
Le Cave des Lys - This adorable French wine bar is set in a traditional French cave, with low, domed ceilings and atmospheric lighting. With varied seating from intimate corners to high stalls it's perfect for romantic evenings or drinks with friends. What really sets this place apart from the rest though is its extensive wine selection at reasonable prices. You simply select your tipple from the list or from the stacks on the shelves which line the room and make sure you sample some of their incredible nibbles and charcuterie. With super-friendly service to boot this local secret won't stay so for long so make this wine bar a must on your next visit.
L’Elephant - formerly L’escourchevel (AKA the Pizzeria) hosts Weekly live music, pool tables and decent comfort food make this place a popular haunt. A Fresh injection of life from the guys that bring you the Funky Fox in 1650 should make it the place to eat, drink and party in Le Praz. The new owners have made changes to the venue making evenings just as busy but without the rugby scrum effect. Keep an eye out for apres and late night offerings.
Drop Inn - This year round ‘snowboarder hangout’ in Le Praz is proving a hit. The drinks are cheap and staff friendly and there's pool to keep you entertained. Don't miss Tapas Tuesday where a glorious home cooked spread is laid on for free to compliment your apres drink. They have a drinks menu for every occasion and reasonably priced toasties keep you fuelled through the day.
Although renowned as a family-friendly resort La Tania has plenty to keep you entertained long into the evening:
Ski Lodge - The heart of LaT's nightlife scene, the Ski Lodge is always a good night out with friends. They serve reasonable and tasty lunches at the foot of the piste on a bustling terrace, and a popular happy hour. Frequent live bands and ski raffles keep the place pumping most nights of the week so keep your eyes peeled for the events kicking off during your stay.
La Taiga - The Ski Lodge's more sophisticated sister bar, the Taiga serves cocktails in a relaxed setting with a roaring fire. Live music on a Sunday night, and great food keeps this place popular with a slightly older clientele.
Chrome Bar - Right at the food of the piste, the Chrome bar does possibly the cheapest burgers in resort, and they're decent too so a great choice for an affordable lunch. Drinks are reasonable and there's live music to keep drinkers entertained.
Telemark - Relaxed bar in heart of La Tania's chalets which serves great pizzas and occasional live music of a more relaxed nature.
So, when you dust off the powder and hang up your skis or board after a long day on the hill there's plenty to keep you entertained long into the night. And if you follow our tips it needn't require you to start auctioning off body parts. Although after a night on the popular super-strength lager, Mutzig (6.9%), you may just wish you could. The saying goes: "Mutzig made me do it.....". You have been warned!
The best thing about skiing is apres ski, and finding a place to go in Courchevel can prove tricky if you don't know where to look. Here are our top tips below on where to find the spots for live music, happy hours, sunny decks and raucous mischief.
Ski Lodge - This place has a great mix of warming sunshine on the decking, an extensive drinks menu and the indoor part of the bar where you can boogie, jump and shout/sing along to a live band. Finish your Thursday ski with a final ski down to La Tania and experience the one and only Bring Your Sisters. Be warned, it’s going to get sweaty.
La Boulotte - This small bar with big attitude gets packed out very quickly for Monday, Wednesday and Friday apres. It is not uncommon to see furniture moved on to the street in order to get more people in, that's if there is no one dancing on the tables.
Fire and Ice - Hotel Portetta is home to the sunny deck bar of Fire and Ice, where you can sit in the sun during a warm afternoon and if it gets a bit chilly pull over a blanket under the heat lamps. Excellent vin chaud and ice shots are on offer depending on your mood. Be there during happy hour and you’ll be in for a treat with free stone baked pizza for everyone.
Ku-de-ta - One of the few places to offer a lively apres in 1850, Ku-de-ta host live acoustic music accompanied by reasonably priced drinks in the heart of resort. Ski straight on to their sunny decking and slowly slope inside for a jug or two, as the warmth disappears into the evening.
Le Bubble Bar - What is ‘Apres Apres’ I hear you ask? Well, if you just don’t want to finish your ski day and you still have not had enough of those pesky ski boots then pop over to Le Bubble from more live music from bands including ‘The Slopes’. Don’t stop the party.
Once you’ve finished the allotted chalet wine and finished a genepi to digest your fondue it's time to head out and explore Courchevel at night.
Funky Fox - If you’re going to know one thing about nightlife in Courchevel it’s the Funky Fox, everybody from everywhere will be in there come the early hours. A selection of music including local bands and DJ’s keep ‘The Fox’ partying every single night. Perfectly placed in 1650, you can almost fall out of the bar onto the bus to make you way home.
L’Elephant - Located down in Le Praz this revamped bar is the only place to be as the evening grows dark and the snow starts to fall. Get yourself involved at the front and sing along to the live music or hide away in the comfy booths at the back, it's fun for all.
Ski Lodge - The small ski village of La Tania just about manages to contain the party central Ski Lodge. Everyone, yes everyone, will be in there from the moment the skiing stops. If a big apres and delicious dinner is not enough, they have live bands, DJ’s and a drinks selection to suit. You might not quite make first lifts after a night here though...
Looking for a quite spot to hideaway for an evening? Get cosy and pull up around a fire to enjoy a glass of French wine after a long day skiing.
Cave des Lys - This adorable French wine bar is set in a traditional French cave, with low, domed ceilings and atmospheric lighting. With varied seating from intimate corners to high stalls, it's perfect for romantic evenings or drinks with friends. What really sets this place apart from the rest though, is its extensive wine selection at reasonable prices. You simply select your tipple from the list or from the stacks on the shelves which line the room and make sure you sample some of their incredible nibbles and charcuterie. With super-friendly service, this local secret won't stay so for long, make this wine bar a must on your next visit.
La Cabane - Nestled in amidst the streets if 1650 this miniature bar is a spot to hide away for an evening or just perfect to stop in for a quick drink as you stroll home after dinner. Not just a wine bar there is also a small seafood stall that shucks oysters in the evening, an aphrodisiac that makes this the perfect little date spot.
Le P’tit Drink - Le P’tit Drink is a true wine and tapas style bar. With wine on offer to suit all budgets and tasty if not filling sharing platters it’s a charming place to cosy up by the fire in 1850 without the ‘Courchevel price’. Perfect for a relaxing drink in a cosy atmosphere.
Location: Courchevel Region