Megeve has sophisticated rather than lively apres-ski, in keeping with its well-heeled clientele. It was originally created in the 1920s as the French alternative to St Moritz. The most famous nightspot here is the Club de Jazz Les Cinq Rues (+33 450 91 90 69), off the Medieval square, which is both an aperitif and late-night focal point. Its cosy surroundings – complete with log fire – attract some of the biggest names in jazz from both sides of the Atlantic. It also features other genres of live music.
The apres-ski is taken just as seriously as the skiing
After skiing people head for Bar des Alpes (+33 450 93 08 15) which is an internet cafe with a sun terrace, and 540 Cafe (+33 450 58 92 78) with a large terrace at the bottom of the Jaillet cable-car. The new Folie Douce opened here in 2015. It’s in the St Gervais area of the slopes and follows the same formula as the branches in Val d’Isere, Meribel, Alpe d’Huez and Val Thorens. There’s La Fruitiere for lunchtime eating and the adjacent Folie Douce for drinking and partying on the piste – accompanied by DJs and other entertainment.
If you can’t afford Megeve prices you can always window-shop for jewellery, antiques, and designer clothing as a major part of the early evening entertainment. Otherwise, Cocoon (+33 450 21 09 91) is a popular bar with music that attracts resort workers. Bar Tabac St-Paul (+33 450 91 93 03) is where the locals go. Wake Up (+33 450 58 25 79) is a cool wine bar. Le S (+33 450 53 94 47) is a cocktail bar popular for its mojitos.
Megeve has a handful of nightclubs and bars that stay open until 4am. These include the Cosmopolitan Bar (+33 450 21 09 91) which is open to 5am, and Pallas (+33 450 91 82 70), which is a disco with a (smart) dress code. The Casino, originally a 1930s bus station, has a restaurant, two bars and the popular Palo Alto nightclub. Cargo (+33 450 58 78 70) is the resort’s original nightspot.
From polo and golf on snow to ice-dancing
As many of the people who come to Megeve don’t ski, the resort is well equipped for other activities both during the day and in the evening. The Palais des Sports has an outdoor Olympic-size skating-rink and an indoor swimming-pool. You can watch international ice hockey and curling tournaments, watch the annual ice-dancing championships, try the climbing wall, play indoor tennis, or ride the electric-powered ice bumper-cars on the skating-rink. Hot-air ballooning, dog-sledding, polo and golf on snow are just a few of the other sports that take place in the resort.