Enjoying everything a destination has to offer is a big part of your holiday. Therefore, once your day on the mountain has finished, you may want to have a few drinks. Whether you just fancy a cheeky pint or want to “go large”, Morzine Nightlife has you covered. However, you need to know where to go for the right night out for you. Therefore, we have put together our recommendations for (potentially) all possible scenarios.
Aprés doesn’t always mean dancing on tables in your ski boots, especially if you are still in primary school. For kids, aprés is a crépe and a hot chocolate. During the winter, the tourist office put on various events, including a torch lit descent on the Pleney once per week. This is where the ESF instructors snake down the home run with flares to music and fireworks. You can watch from bottom of the piste, with a hot chocolate or a vin chaud.
A good aprés option to take kids to, is Beanies. They have some great milkshakes and rather impressive hot chocolates to enjoy. You can also try their great cocktails while listening to live music.
During the summer, Le Tremplin, located at the bottom of the Pleney lift, put on lots of things to keep kids occupied. Children can help in the kitchen garden, while learning about the plants and herbs growing there. They can also help take care of the resident chickens and goats. Additionally, the Tremplin has a range of games and inflatables to play with, while you relax with a mojito.
For an easy drink, you can’t go wrong with the Coup de Coeur. It has a relaxed atmosphere, and is a great place to enjoy a huge selection of wine. Whiskey lovers will like it here too, as they have lots of different ones to try.
For a more busy pub kind of atmosphere, you could head to Bar Robbinson. “Robbo’s” is only open for aprés and is ideal for a cheeky beer after a day on the mountain. They serve the notorious Mützig Old Lager, which is pretty strong stuff, even though it doesn’t taste like it. We recommend drinking it in halves, because it can catch you out when you finally stand up.
An alternative is Haka. They have happy hour during aprés time, so it is a good place to visit before dinner. They also have a huge cocktail menu to work your way through.
Morzine is very good for live music, especially in the winter. Many bars have aprés and late night sessions on the same day, so you have more chance of seeing the acts you like. Rhodos hosts an open mic night every Monday, and if you fancy having a go, they give you a free shot for being brave. The Cavern is great for aprés, as there is usually live music in the form of Jukebox Joel and his guitar. Beanies also has a good selection of live music throughout the season from local artists and ones from further afield.
Keep an eye open for The Dixie Micks, an Irish folk band that play in Dixie’s. They play great aprés and night sets at various times throughout the Winter.
You know those nights, when the bar is closing and you “haven’t finished”? Well Morzine has you covered. There are three late night venues to enjoy in Morzine.
L’Opera – This is the nightclub near the Pleney lift. It opens a 12:30am and hosts various cheesy party nights with a selection of DJs. However, the music is usually Drum n’ Base, house and techno to keep you going until the 5am closing time.
Café Chaud – A lively bar that promises to host the most hectic nights in Morzine. Café Chaud is not a place to go for a quiet pint. This is thanks to Drum & Base parties, the Morzine beer pong championships and house and funk nights every week. Monday nights have been known to get rowdy with the punk night too. Keep an eye open for guest DJs and bands appearing every week from around the world.
Laury’s – Laury’s offers a “speak easy” kind of atmosphere with an excellent cocktail menu. It is just next door to The Hideout, which serves asian inspired food and is one of our favourite restaurants in Morzine.
Morzine Nightlife: How will you do it this year?
By Tom Fortune