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About Bars and nightlife in Alpe d'Huez

The best places to go for a night out

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Alpe d'Huez wouldn't be the resort it is without a good dose of après-ski to end the day.

There is no shortage of places to go for a few drinks and some live music after a day on the mountain.

Whether you prefer to soak up the late afternoon sun with a quiet glass of French wine or dance on the tables in your ski boots, beer jug in hand, Alpe d'Huez has plenty of great spots when the lifts shut for the day.

Alpe d'Huez party hotspots for winter 2019


With a lively and vibrant après-ski scene, Alpe d'Huez has plenty of spots opening their doors to welcome you off the pistes.

One of the highlights is the legendary La Folie Douce, located at the top of the Marmottes 1 chair, it has a large south facing deck from which you can see across to Les Deux Alpes. Après 'Folie style' gets going from 14:30 until the lifts close around 16:30, and offers high-energy live music performances from a range of DJs, singers and musicians accompanied by dancers and acrobatic performers in crazy costumes.

Another highlight is Smithy's Tavern, a British-style pub that's popular for a pint of beer off the slopes, it has a relaxed fun atmosphere and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Located below Smithy's Tavern is the Zoo Bar, small in size but big in atmosphere. A warm welcome is assured here and you can play pool and darts as well. If you're looking for something a little more cool, try The Underground Bar, and enjoy its laid-back vibes, tasty cocktails and bar snacks.

FreeRide Cafe Bar, Alpe d'Huez drinks

Late nights

If you're looking for some late night fun you're in luck, there are several bars and clubs in Alpe d'Huez that stay open until the early hours of the morning.

Up in the main street area of town there’s FreeRide Bar. There’s always a great buzz around this area and these guys stay open until 02:00 most days. And if that's not late enough and you feel like the party is just getting started, head to one of the resort's two nightclubs; Caves or Igloo, where you can dance the night away until 05:00.

Le Pic Blanc Hotel, Alpe d'Huez bar

Sophisticated spots

If you're looking for a more civilised evening or have something to celebrate, there are several hotel bars in the resort that cater to wine enthusiasts, cocktail aficionados and casual drinkers alike, and many will also have live music. Some offer a little snack alongside your choice of beverages, ranging from a bowl of nibbles to an entire tapas board.

Ideal on cold snowy days when you can curl up by the fire, Les Grandes Rousses has a warm inviting bar and lounge. Another hotel lounge-bar with a fire is the five-star Hotel Daria-I-Nor, where you can celebrate a special occasion, or just the fact you're on holiday, with a bespoke cocktail rustled up by their head barman, and enjoy one of their live concerts held several times a week. In Les Bergers, try the newly renovated Le Pic Blanc, which has a luxe mountain-lodge feel and is a great place to hang out.

The Underground Bar, Alpe d'Huez interior

Live music

Live music is not that hard to find in Alpe d'Huez. From the smallest bar to the swanky hotel lounges, there's always something on. Specific information regarding weekly line ups can be easily found by simply looking at any of the numerous information boards around resort, where each of the individual bars will post their weekly programmes and promotions.

The ones we'd recommend to check out would include Smithy's Tavern and the Underground, where you'll find music at least one night of the week.

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