Easter ski weeks don’t get much better than Val Thorens! With the sun beating down over all the terraces, you’ll be sporting a sweet goggle tan faster than you can say aprés! Grab yourself a cold one and enjoy the party in one of these epic bars.
Best for: joss shots
With happy hour running between 3 and 5pm, Saloon bar is the one for those seeking cheap thrills and live music. To get the party started, don’t miss out on a joss shot... they’ll have you frothing at the mouth, literally. Don’t know what a joss shot is? It includes powder, alcohol, caffeine and usually, a lot of mess.
Best for: deckchair sun-seekers and dancing
Bar 360 is the perfect place to ease your way into après. If you’ve got a bit of a sore head from the night before (most likely from Malaysia), then you can lap up the sun on the deck chairs. The waft of waffles or noodles from nearby Wok Ski will be sure to tempt you, and line your stomach before you get back on it. By 4pm you won’t be able to resist the urge to get up and boogie away on the terrace. The bar is located just above the entrance of the Moraine & Portette chairlifts, outside of the Chalets the Thorens. From the resort, take the Cascade chairlift, the 2 Lacs or the Funitel Peclet to find it.
Perfect for: champagne showers and dancing on tables
The famed party chalet in between Meribel and Val Thorens is always rammed with party-goers keen to enjoy the tunes and live saxophonist. Bevs are pretty expensive, so why not go all out and put a magnum of champagne on the credit card… under which you and your mates will be able to enjoy a champagne shower! Alternatively, those on a student budget can BYOB and enjoy it outside while the party gets warmed up.
The Frog & Roastbeef
Perfect for: a yard of ale
Ironically named to take the mick out of the French (frogs) and Brits (roastbeef), this pub claims to be the highest in the Alps... although we'd beg to differ. A popular haunt with British seasonnaires and famous in resort for the yard of ale challenge, if you finish the elongated pint glass of fizzed lager in one, it’s free! It’s sure to be a boozy afternoon here.
Perfect for: barbeques and acoustic sets
What used to be Panda bar is still one of the busiest and most popular bars in VT, often hosting barbeques and après on the terrace. You can expect great music here, whether it’s live acoustic sets or a DJ. You'll also find discounted drinks, and an array of pints and cocktails. Jug of mojito anyone? Inside the decor is brightly coloured with a South American theme, and upstairs you'll find regular open mic nights.
Perfect for: après après
If you’ve been at either the Folie Douce or Bar 360 and want to carry on the party, Snow Cafe will be awaiting you with happy hour or a DJ churning out tunes. Chances are you’ll get carried away and be there until 7 or 8… or 9. Whoops, why spoil a good time?
Perfect for: well, rum, duh!
If, like Captain Jack Sparrow, you always wonder why all the rum is gone – never fear, for there is Rhum'Box. With 30 tipples to choose from, there are some rather peculiar flavours that may or may not take your fancy. I’d recommend sticking to the fruity numbers. As the bar is smaller than its neighbours, it tends to be a bit steamy and filled with boozy locals. Use that to your advantage and test out your French!