Apres Ski in Verbier

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Après Ski in Verbier

Verbier’s vibrant nightlife is famous! The trendy and cosmopolitan town is always lively both during the day and night. No matter where you are there are always plenty of venues big or small to start and finish the evenings festivities. Our recommendations are: Offshore, Marshals, the Pub Mont Fort, the Farm Club, the Hotel Farinet bar, Murphy’s Bar and Cafe de la Poste for dancing into the early hours. There are a number of bars in town with the traditional British following.

From a party night to a quiet apres ski drink or a quality meal, we've selected our favourite places to go (below) and have divided them into two sections: bars and restaurants. Enjoy!

Farinet

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The infamous Farinet in Verbier is a hotel, come bar, come night club located just down the street from the Medran main lift station. It’s the most popular après-ski venue in the resort and was voted the best après ski bar in the world by ‘Which’. With its mix of amazing live music from all genres and happy hour drinks promotions from 4pm-5pm you’re guaranteed a good time! The staff know how to get everyone going and encourage bar/table top dancing, quite often giving out free shots to the people having the most fun! When the weather is good the huge glass roof top opens up to cool everyone down and you feel as though you’re still up the mountain. If you make it back out after dinner then the north African themed Casbah night club downstairs is also a popular haunt for people looking to party into the wee hours of the morning. They play a mixture of pop/rock in the ‘Rockbah’ and dance music in the main club room.


Fer A Cheval

Perfectly placed just a stone's throw down the hill from Medran (on the left hand side as you walk to Place Centrale), the Fer a Cheval does a great job as both an après bar and a casual restaurant serving good value food. During the day locals pass the time with a coffee or a vin chaud and from about 3pm it starts to get busy with a great mix of people enjoying a few beers after a day on the slopes; it’s got a great little terrace if the sun is out. The clientele are a good mix ranging from La Fantastique ski guides to London based chalet owners and older family groups as well as a few youngsters. If you’re after some après fun on a notch down from the Farinet then this is the place to come; you might not get shots poured directly down a ski but you do get a great crowd and a brilliant atmosphere. After about 6ish the drinkers slowly get replaced by diners – downstairs has some great 8-10 person booths which are perfect for larger families and groups. The menu ticks all of the local food boxes as well as family friendly pizzas, the beef carpaccio is very popular for a reason and the steaks are some of the best in town. Local wines make up the majority of the wine list with the ubiquitous Dole Blanche being one of the best in terms of value for money. Prices are good if you are looking for a proper meal and it is a popular choice along with the Al Capone for the chalet hosts night off so be sure to book in advance!


T Bar

T Bar is located on the Place Centrale just underneath the Central hotel. It is lively without being too lively and has some pretty good live music on – the manager, Simon, sometimes performs himself. Drinks are quite pricey – but they pour their spirits very strong so watch out....The bar staff are very friendly, often British and are some of the best in town so even if it looks like the bar is heaving you can still get served quite quickly. There are some good booths which fill up quickly so if you get there late expect it to be standing room only – especially if there is live music. The terrace outside is great when it’s sunny and is a good place for a vin chaud or a beer after skiing if you don’t want to mix it with the party animals in Farinet. T Bar also shows 6 Nations rugby and Premiership football, it gets packed out for sport so be prepared to stand! Food is served throughout the day and into the evening and offers the usual burger/sandwich options which are actually pretty tasty for around 10-15 Swiss Francs.


Public Verbier

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Public Verbier is the sister club of the now infamous Public in Chelsea, owned by Royals' favourite Guy Pelley. It is just to the left of T Bar, on the right of the entrance to the shopping arcade and has replaced CoCo which only lasted a couple of years. First opening its doors in December 2011, Public is a notch down from CoCo in that they are a little more accommodating with regards to male footwear and do not charge an entrance fee – the drinks are very expensive though at around 150% of the prices in Public Chelsea. The dancefloor is the largest in Verbier and is always full by 1am. If you’re in the mood to splash out with some friends then the best thing to do is get one of the 16 booths and enjoy a few of the more wacky group cocktails such as the Jagerbull Moustrap and the Warhead – both serve 8 and cost 100 and 200 Swiss Francs respectively! There is also a dressing up box and an old school photobooth to help your night be a bit different and also ensure that you can remember happened what after the Warhead.


Le Rouge

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First opened in the 2009/2010 season Le Rouge has gone from strength to strength and is now host to one of the best New Years Eve parties in town and also has a superb restaurant for those looking to splash out a bit later on in the evening. Prices are quite steep if you want three courses with wine, but there are some good value stews and specials if you are after a less lavish experience. Le Rouge is now famous for offering offers high-end après ski in a high-end resort - the general theme this season is to try and recreate Pacha in Ibiza at 3am at 3pm in Verbier!! There is a DJ every afternoon who does take requests if you ask nicely as well as a convenient outside bar that helps cut down on people coming in and out if you’re trying to enjoy a drink by the fire. That said, Le Rouge is not just for the youngsters, the large sun terrace on the ground floor is still popular with the older generation who want to sit with a bottle of wine instead of dance with a pint of beer on the top floor. Due to the lack of happy hour you are unlikely to find many seasonnaires or teenagers which is a plus point for some and a minus for others! There is a height adjustable glass shield surrounding the main terrace which comes up if the wind picks up, along with sheepskin throws on the chairs if it gets a bit chilly - the heaters are also excellent.


Pub Mont Fort

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Located just up from the road leading to Medran from Place Centrale (follow the crowd) The Pub Mont Fort is probably the most popular watering hole in Verbier, and also one of the largest. It attracts a good mix of people but if you’re in your mid 20’s, British and fancy a drink then you will feel right at home. The ‘speciality’ drinks are the shakers – essentially a plastic cocktail shaker filled with lots of spirits and a bit of fruit juice which you can then dish out to your friends. The ‘heart stopper’ is aptly named.... Lots of people enjoy a few après beers here and it has an extensive food menu that actually specialises in Thai and Indian food if you need a break from cheese, cured meat and more cheese. All main courses are around 20 francs and you can eat until 10pm.


Farinet - Lounge Bar

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The Farinet Lounge Next door to the infamous Farinet après-bar is the utterly different Farinet Lounge. Despite using the same entrance you should not think that the bars will be the same – the difference in clientele, ambiance and prices is like chalk and cheese. The Lounge opens at the same time, 16.00 but opens much later until 01.30 and also has a good food menu consisting of high quality curries and an excellent cheeseburger which uses fondue cheese. Instead of hard wooden picnic tables for dancing and drinking the Lounge has soft sofas for talking on, and instead of drunk teenagers the Lounge has a much more mature vibe which often includes celebrities – Clive Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio can be found here every New Years week and are always happy to chat! Past about 9pm the atmosphere gets a bit more boisterous with Hed Kandi occasionally playing sets to get people in the mood for the Casbah Club downstairs. The tables and sofas are very, very popular and are often reserved by hotel guests. Tthere isn’t a ‘minumum spend’ so to speak of but if you are taking up loads of room and not really spending any money then be prepared to be told that “the table is reserved in 20 minutes”. The drinks selection is vast, they have pretty much every cocktail under the sun, priced at about CHF20 and upwards, and also a huge wine list. This bar, along with Le Rouge, probably does the best job of summing up Verbier – fun, European and expensive but worth it just once in a while.


The Farm Club

Verbier’s original party mecca , The Farm is still going strong after 40 years and incalculable bottles of champagne! Popular with old and young, but always well heeled, The Farm is situated on the one way system into town on the way up to the Place Centrale under the Nevai Hotel and is open every night of the season from 11 until around 4am. Entrance is at the discretion of the door staff so you need to dress to impress and turn up looking like you want to spend some money and have a good time – those looking like they have been boozing in the Farinet since 4 will be swiftly turned away! Drinks are expensive, with most people having table service and buying their spirits and champagne by the bottle rather than by the glass; although if you don’t finish your bottle of vodka they will keep it behind the bar for your next visit. Some of the half finished bottles have some very familiar names on them! The Farm is a Verbier institution and despite its reputation is not cliquey or elitist, if you have some cash to burn (or just think you do) and want to have a good time then look no further.


Coup d'Etat

The Coup d’Etat is one of a selection of bars/clubs that can be overlooked as they are situated ‘below’ the place central down towards the sports centre; however, along with the Nelson and The Farm, the Coup is an essential part of a week in Verbier. Situated on the same road at the Farm, the CDE has quite an upmarket feel and doesn’t have much of a cross over with the Farinet Apres bar and Mont Fort in terms of clientele. Part bar and part club, The Coup doesn’t really get going until 10.30 due to its menu of cocktails and champagne – if you are looking for a pint of Kronenbourg then this is not the place to come! The Coup acts has a large rectangular bar, a good selection of tables if you arrive early – but be warned, due to the amount of cocktails on offer it can take a while to get served. As a rule the slightly more mature generation tend to start at Coup and then head to the Farm around 1am.


The Nelson Pub

The Nelson is situated on the one way system leading up to the Place Central and actually has entrances on both the ‘in’ and ‘out’ streets; it is your stereotypical English themes pub (carpet, horse brasses, pictures of Big Ben etc) but with one difference – there are rarely ever any English people in there! The Nelson’s clientele is almost exclusively made up of locals, 90% of people in there seem to know just about everyone else – but this is not a cliquey bar for locals, if you’re at the bar on your own someone will always come over for a chat! The Nelson is not somewhere to go for loud music and shots but it is a home from home if you just want to read the paper with a pint or actually go for a chat rather than a shouting match! Beers are some of the cheapest in town and you will find a good selection on tap and bottled. The pub also has a slightly odd sideline as a bookmakers and it is the only place in town where you can bet on live horseracing!