L’Arpette bar and restaurant is a great place to get the après started. Situated on the slopes near the snow park and Arpette lifts, it’s a blue run away from either Arc 1600 or Arc 1800. During the day, it’s a place to stop for lunch but when 3pm rolls around Happy Hour kicks in: beer prices drop, the DJ begins pumping tunes and the tables on the terrace become small, raised dance-floors. If you really want to spend a night on the pistes, book one of their Wednesday soirées where you are fed raclette before totally getting your dance on. At around 9pm, everyone straps their skis/snowboards back on and heads back to the resorts by torch light. A must-do on your trip!
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. Red Hot Saloon is probably the biggest bar in resort, with a good-sized dance floor. They have regular live music throughout the season, persuasive drinks deals and partying happens late into the night. Bar King Mad, in the same square, offers a similar mix of music, live sports and good value, plus they also do arguably the best burgers in resort.
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, 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 boozer when the resort is busy of an evening. 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.
In Arc 1950 a more cosy place for Après is George’s Wine Bar, which serves a wide variety of wines and beers from around the world. It’s not a late night hang-out, but it's very relaxed and convivial.
Arc 2000 has something really unique - a bar within an igloo. Ski down to the Village Igloo near the bottom of the Arcabulle lift and you'll find a bar carved out of ice adjoining a grotto of ice sculptures. It’s not the cheapest place to go for a drink, but it's certainly unusual!
Peisey Vallandry has a number of bar-restaurants which offer a more chilled out après experience. La Vache, at the bottom of the little Parchey lift, is wonderfully welcoming for an après ski cocktail and dinner afterwards. Chez Felix is a small, characteristically French bar with a stunning view, which is good for a sneaky aperitif (or digestif if you have already eaten). If you want a big night out, the main options are in Vallandry. Down the steps below the Vallandry lift you will find Le Mojo; a stylish cocktail bar which, in typically French style gets busier as the night deepens. Happy hours start after dinnertime here, letting you get showered, spruced up and fed before you enjoy discounted prices on their drinks.
Some of the best bars are situated in Arc 2000 and the best of them is probably El Latino Loco, a restaurant/bar/nightclub on the 5th floor of the Residence Aiguille Rouge. It serves great Mexican food in the daytime, and becomes one of Les Arcs’ hottest nightspots after dark, with cocktails, music and dancing until after 4am. You could also try the American-themed Red Rock Café, as the food is good (and reasonably-priced) and their Mojitos are awesome.
For something a little more refined, in Arc 1600 there are a couple of bars for a relaxed redemptive beverage after you have finished on the pistes. Panoramic bar, towards the funicular is good for a beer and even better for food. If you have a surfeit of class, drop into the minimalist 'Champagne by Bulles' which serves champagne (obviously) by the glass or bottle, depending on how celebratory you are feeling. Prices are actually fairly reasonable.
If you are staying in the valley in Bourg St Maurice, the best choice for a night out is Bazoom Bar opposite the train station. With pool tables, live music and an upbeat atmosphere, it is definitely the most popular place for a night out in Bourg.