An independent guide to Val Thorens
Many Val Thorens bars are in the rue de Gébroulaz, also known as 'rue de la soif' (thirsty street). Two of the best are O'Connells, the Irish pub, and the Frog and Roastbeef, the British pub. Then, there are bars in the Balcons area, around the place de Caron in the centre of resort, and down in the rue du Soleil. If you're looking for a wild night out, a quiet drink, or if you just want to see a football or rugby match, you can find out all you need to know about Val Thorens bars here.
This is the main bar street, which often has a lively atmosphere. Different pubs cater to different nationalities - British, Scandinavian, and Dutch. They range from loud and silly, to quieter and more civilized.
This is a great pub. It has a relaxed atmosphere, and is a good place to go if you want to be able to hear your conversation. The staff are friendly, and the pub serves surprisingly good Guinness, as well as a good range of other beers - Kilkenny, Belgian beer on draught, and the standard Kronenbourg.
They show the main football and rugby matches; free wi-fi is available (when you buy a drink).
O'Connells doesn't serve any food, but you can choose from four different flavours of Pringles!
Tel: 00 33 479 01 05 05
The Frog & Roastbeef is the main rendezvous for British season workers and visitors. It is owned by Rory and Duncan, and is a lively place. At times, there's live music at apres-ski time. You can play darts.
Food is available at lunchtime and in the evenings.
One of the enduring traditions in the Frog is the Yard of Ale. Anyone can test their ability to down an unfeasible amount of fizzy lager in one, and if you succeed, you don't have to pay for it. In the unlikely event that you beat the all-time record of around 10 seconds, then you drink free for the rest of the evening.
Tel: 00 33 684 12 87 16
Crewzer is new in winter 2016-17. It's run by two young Val Thorens locals, Antoine Diet and Victor Freydrich. They do burgers, snacks, and beers from around the world. As they are keen freeride skiers, they'll show alternative sports on the big screens, including snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing.
A mainly Danish bar, with mainly young customers. Expect loud music, dancing on tables, and general Scandinavian craziness.
Tel: 00 33 680 26 68 55
Saloon is a lively bar, which sometimes has live music at apres-ski. Later on, there's often dancing. It specializes in cocktails, and attracts Scandinavians and some Brits.
Tel: 00 33 479 22 93 90
Downstairs from Saloon, it has TVs showing the main sports events.
Tel: 00 33 479 22 93 90
A mainly Dutch bar, Le Monde is very lively, with DJs playing Euromusic.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 25
Le Favela (previously Le Panda, and before that Le Pandora, and El Gringos) is a lively bar/restaurant, with dancing until late at night.
Tel: 00 33 967 86 82 91
Rhum Box is an idiosynchratic bar, which specializes in rum - they have have 30 different fruit-flavoured rums, plus the normal range of drinks. The owner Mitch is a character. There's a nice atmosphere, which is more relaxed than some of the neighbouring bars.
Tel: 00 33 479 01 02 36
In the Hotel Tango, this bar has long been popular in Val Thorens. The hotel has a mix of Scandinavian and British clients, and mainly Swedish staff, employed by Langley Travel. Its bar is good at apres-ski time, when there's often live music. Later in the evening, you can enjoy a drink and conversation here. It can be busy when there's a special night.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 02 70
This bar is part of the Portillo hotel and apartment complex, and also serves as a restaurant. It's good for a coffee during the day time, or an apéritif. There is a hidden gem of a terrace at the back, with a great view, which is brilliant on a sunny afternoon. It doesn't have much of an atmosphere, if you're looking for a sociable drink in the evening, and at the Portillo, the service can be hit and miss.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 00 88
Just down the road from place Péclet, and catering to young Dutch and Belgian party people, International Snow Café is lively and loud, with Euro pap and dry ice.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 25
Part of Val Thorens' nightlife for 25 years, Malaysia is a bar and nightclub (see also Val Thorens nightclubs). It opens at 10pm, and alternates DJ sets and live music. Abraxas are a regular band, well worthing seeing.
Around 1am, they open the doors through to the club and dancefloor, creating enough space for 2500 people. From 2am, Malaysia is in nightclub mode, until it closes at 5am.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 25
La Bicicleta is part of the ten pin bowling in Val Thorens. The bowling and games make this venue lively, and a bit different from the other bars in Val Thorens - and child-friendly. The wooden furniture is in mock-prehistoric-Flintstones style. You can order at the bar, or there's table service too. They have a lot of TV screens, and show sporting events, so it can be busy and hot when there's a big football match on.
Tel: 00 33 479 22 25 57
Le Blanchot is a modestly sized, relaxed wine bar, with tall tables and high stools. It's also a restaurant.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 05 91
At the end of the rue Piétonne de Caron, below the Arcelle apartments, is the Baramix, one of the Val Thorens nightclubs. It has a quieter upstairs bar, and a disco-bar downstairs. They're open from 4pm til 4am, and they have a DJ, so it's effectively a club.
Tel: 00 33 669 04 59 35
L'Eclipse is in the Caron centre. It's one of the more 'French' bars in resort. L'Eclipse is slightly kitsch, but run by a very friendly chap, Guy, and his wife. Because it's in the shopping centre, smokers can't just step outside, so they've installed a glass smokers' booth. It looks quite space age, even if it wouldn't quite count as one of the Seven Wonders of Val Thorens.
Tel: 00 33 479 06 42 41
On Grande Rue, behind the Post Office, le Sabot de Vénus is a luxury apartment complex with a piano bar. Classy and relaxed.
Tel: 00 33 479 55 09 67
The other Irish pub in Val Thorens, the Shamrock is friendly, serves good Guinness, and shows the main football matches and other sporting events. Open 6pm to 2am.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 20 27
Mainly a restaurant, the Chamois d'Or has a small bar just inside the entrance, which can be a handy place to stop for a hot chocolate on a bad weather day - since it's right by the piste. You can also have a drink outside on the terrace.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 79
Le Rendez-vous is quiet but classy - a refreshing change in Val Thorens!
Tel: 00 33 479 00 10 40
The restaurant in the Cheval Blanc has a little bar area that is open from 4pm.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 03 74
The bar in the P & V Residence at the bottom of the
rue du Soleil has changed name and identity frequently over the years,
but is currently the Burger Bar.
As well as burgers, they do drinks at après-ski, Happy Hour, and
special themed evenings. The interior design is clean and modern.
There's a terrace
Tel: 00 33 479 09 32 82
The Red Fox is a nice 'local' if you're staying in the Balcons area. It has a genuine 'pub' atmosphere. Food is available, including great pizzas to eat in or take away.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 85 37
Although mainly a restaurant, the Auberge has a small bar area by the entrance, with a pool table. Consistently friendly service.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 91 91
A cosy bar restaurant. As well as main meals, la Ferme de Rosalie offers crêpes or charcuterie to accompany an apres-ski drink, and take-away pizzas.
A guide to the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia, and Baramix. Where to find cheesy tunes, live music and dance music, or a sweaty, grungy vibe. All you need to know about late-night Val Thorens.
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