Apres Ski in Les Arcs
Les Arcs wouldn't be the resort that it is without a good dose of après-ski to end the day on!
Arcs 1800 is definitely the liveliest village in Les Arcs as there is a large choice of both bars and restaurants. The Red Hot Saloon bar in Galerie des Villards is just one of the 34 bars in Les Arcs and is arguably the best for après and late night partying. Known locally as the ‘Red Bar’, there is often live music here (either a rock band or DJ) and the place gets packed to the rafters guaranteeing a great atmosphere. It also has a large dance floor and friendly, English speaking staff.
Jungle Café in the Place des Villards is a popular choice in Arcs 1800 with its jungle themed interior and murals on the walls. It is a pretty cheap place to drink and is open all day until 1am. It attracts a good mix of people, mostly locals and/or seasonnaires and they serve tasty food all day long. The Ambiente Bar, also in the Villards area, (near to the Red Bar) is more of a French style establishment and is a true après ski bar. You can sample one of their tasty cocktails or have a game of darts in a lively but equally chilled atmosphere.
The equivalent to L’Ambiente over in the Le Charvet section of Arc 1800, is Le Gabotte, which is a ski instructor after work hangout. The place also attracts a lot of English and Dutch clientele.
Although it is not as big as 1800 (yet!), Arc 1950 is also very lively and has a good choice of bars. With its ski in/ski out location, the village is perfect for après but there is also a nightclub cleverly named Le Club 1950 for late night antics. La Belle Pinte is a large Irish pub in Arc 1950 which has a sophisticated feel during the day turning into a lively boozy feel when the resort is busy of an evening. Don’t be put off by the fact this place is an Irish pub, it is well worth a visit as the décor is smart and the bar itself is quite grand. There is plenty of seating and it is the perfect place for pint and a chat with friends.
The Mont Blanc Bar is located right at the top of Vallandry close to the Grizzly chair lift. It is accessible from the piste so you can stop off for après without wasting time getting changed! There is a large terrace facing over towards La Plagne where you can catch the last rays of the day. The bar is open late and often has live music and DJ sets with specific nights such as Drum and Bass, normally on Thursday night. The English staff are young, lively and friendly and the bar also has a pool table and Sky Sports. This is not the place to come if you are looking for somewhere with more of a French feel but it is still well worth a visit.
Bar Beguin in the Hotel Beguin is located on the pistes in the heart of the ski area in 1600. You are welcome to call in and enjoy a cup of tea, mulled wine, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar. The bar is warm and cosy with a log fireplace and splendid views of the mountains. You are welcome to curl up with a book, play pool or surf the internet.
Bar Beguin also has a basement room with table football.
There are nightclubs in Arc 1800, 2000 and 1950 all of which are open until 4am. The Apokalypse club in 1800 is probably the most popular and KL92 in 2000 is also a good choice.
For further information on all these places and more please see our Bars, Cafes & Clubs listings page.