Tignes won’t top any après charts, but a ball can be thrown from the afternoon, and many start at La Folie Douce’s Val d’Isère branch upstairs, well into the wee hours of the morning.
However, the fragmented nature of the resort has an impact on later participation – most of the action takes place in the main transport hubs of Val Claret and Le Lac, while in the evenings it is quieter in the lower villages.
For more Tignes inspiration, check out our guides to the resort’s best accommodations and restaurants.
In Val Claret, Dropzone has the resort’s largest south-facing terrace and some of the cheapest beers in town. The bar serves snacks, DJs, live bands, table football, billiards, a large video screen and free Wi-Fi. Later, the place turns into a nightclub that closes at 2am.
Another good spot in Val Claret, at the end of the nearest train and chairlift to the Grande Motte, the Couloir is where you can enjoy live music. It hosts a mix of bands and DJs and hosts a soul/funk night once a week. The bar has a large selection of whiskeys and cocktails and serves tapas, and there is an upstairs restaurant.
A log cabin with a charming, warm and wooden interior with a fireplace and fur rugs – there is also a fire pit outside – Grizzly’s is one of the most attractive places in Tignes Val Claret for a vin chaud or hot chocolate. But it is expensive, especially the cocktail menu.
Contact: 00 33 4 79 06 34 17; facebook.com
Open from 23:30 to 5:00 Blue Girl in Val Claret is one of the few nightclubs in the resort. With a playlist consisting mostly of Europop, techno and R&B, don’t expect to see the first lift if you end up dancing the night away (around the numerous pipes) here.
Contact: 00 33 4 79 06 51 53; facebook.com
At the bottom of the lifts in Val Claret’s main central transport hub, Le Cocorico has opened its second ski boot dance bar for the 2019/20 season, following the huge success of the Val d’Isere branch which opened in 2014. On a 400m outdoor terrace square, every day from 16:00 to 20:00 there are concerts of bands and DJs who play pop-rock, which pleases the audience. The restaurant is open all day and serves quick lunches and pizzas as well as coffee.
Popular with seasonal workers and students, L’Avant-Garde in Val Claret is always busy and is open from midnight to 5am daily during the winter season. Admission is free, and there is happy hour and regular drink specials daily.
Contact: 00 33 6 69 04 59 35