5 MUST SEE Apres-Snowboard Bars in Chamonix

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We all LOVE to travel right? We all dream through summer of all the nice places we could go and get our Snowboard on-so what happens once we do? What are the best spots to go out and hit the town? Our friends at Vagabondish.com previewed the top 5 for us!

Chamonix is known not just for its world-class skiing, but also a rich, cosmopolitan apres-ski scene. With a host of great bars and fantastic restaurants from which to choose, the nightlife isn’t to be missed. Here, we reveal our choices for the top five can’t-miss bars in the region.

#1: BAR LE DERAPAGE

With a name like Le Derapage – literally translated as “the slippery slope to ruin” – how can you not love it? This cozy local bar, just opposite the Chamonix post office, offers a perfect mix of English and French. Follow the neon sign from street level down a small alley to hang out at a spot the Daily Telegraph dubbed “a well-established favourite with locals”. Tip: don’t miss their flavored vodkas – all made onsite and all well worth a sample.

#2: MUNSTER BAR

Touted as Chamonix’s “only genuine Irish bar”, Munster Bar is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike. It features a wealth of live music and entertainment on any given night. Sports fans will love the bar’s live Irish channel and SKY satellite feeds, providing nonstop action including football, rugby, skiing and extreme sports. In the winter, enjoy sipping a hot toddy by the fireplace; while in the summer, guests are invited to bask in the sun on the terrace.

#3: THE JEKYLL

Located in Cham Sud, just next to the main bus stop, is The Jekyll. This lively bar and restaurant is locally known for its incredibly friendly staff and great atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for dinner and apres-ski drinks. The bar offers free Wi-Fi, daily happy hour specials (from 4 p.m.) and all major sporting events shown on large televisions throughout the venue. Stick around later in the evening for plenty of live entertainment, including stand-up comedy acts and international DJs who turn the otherwise chill vibe into a thumping, can’t-miss nightlife scene.

#4: THE VAGABOND

Okay, okay … perhaps we’re a bit partial to Le Vagabond for its name. But this hostel-bar-resto combo located just a minute’s walk from the edge of town also features one of the coziest, most relaxed pub atmospheres in the whole of Chamonix. The menu provides a host of standard pub fare including BBQ, burgers, curries and roasts but with an international twist. Don’t miss the outdoor terrace with sweeping views of Mont Blanc and Brévent.

#5: MONKEY BAR

Yet another popular apres-ski spot for tourists and locals alike, Monkey Bar is located in Cham Sud. With an eclectic, convivial atmosphere, long happy hours, plenty of live music, and local DJs, it’s a favorite among the younger, jetsetting clientele. It’s no wonder the Guardian’s Jonathan Trigell called it “the place to be these days. The combination of The Soul Rats playing live and a generous happy hour will rapidly transform tired ski boots into dancing shoes.” They also offer free Wi-Fi and all major sporting events on a host of televisions throughout the venue.

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January 14th, 2011

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