As the highest of all ski resorts in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic destination for skiing fans of all levels. From November 2017 to October 2018, Zermatt welcomed more than 2.2 million people — a record number! And visitors venturing up the mountains and into the village can expect to find some amazing après ski opportunities.
For some, the apres begins around 5pm whilst having a glass of wine back in the comforts of your own private rental chalet, for others, the party starts midday, whilst skiing down the blue runs and lasts until the early hours! With such a large number of tourists preffering to head to Zermatt, there is a drinking spot for all tastes!
We have a large selection of luxury chalets in Zermatt with their own private bar, prefect for those who prefer a more intimate apres with their group in a personal setting. Just let the chalet manager know your favourite flavours and they’ll have your drinks with you after a few moments gaze over The Matterhorn.
Zermatt’s Apres Ski On The Mountain
There are some incredibly fun and relaxing bars to discover whilst working up a thirst on the Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Whether you’re craving a glass of chilled champagne or you want to enjoy a cocktail with your loved one against a blissfully snowy backdrop, it’s easy to find at the apres ski next to the runs.
Some of the mountainous après ski locations bring in huge crowds every afternoon, while others offer a more laid-back experience with the locals. Multiple venues hire musicians and DJs to perform live regularly, which is fantastic if you want to enjoy big lively apres before the last run home.
Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to get from venue to venue around Zermatt. There are cable cars and ski lifts to transport you safely, and you can always ski down to great venues in the Village too! If you’re idea of apres if to enjoy a quiet bottle of wine, then the mountain also has this; Zermatt has it all.
Champagner Bar Teehäuschen Flora
The Champagner Bar Teehäuschen (Champagne Bar Teahouse) Flora is a popular après ski location in Zermatt. If you want to enjoy a glass of cold bubbly while soaking up a relaxing atmosphere in a gorgeous spot, you’ve got it.
Located on the descent from Sunnegga to Zermatt (on the Gourmetweg), the Champagner Bar offers guests exquisite champagne and a warm welcome, which is why it’s a regular haunt of local ski instructors. It can also provide blankets and heat lamps if you need to warm up after a day on the slopes.
It may be small, but the Champagner Bar has earned a big reputation — and it’s easy to see why. The bar is open every day during winter from 11am – 8pm and there may be a short wait for a seat, as there are only 50!
Hennu Stall is a lively spot located on the Furi-Zermatt slope’s bottom area (Blatten ski run), open every day during winter from 1pm – 8pm. You may be able to walk there from Zermatt in around 30 minutes if you don’t feel like skiing all the way down to it.
Hennu Stall can attract big crowds, which makes it ideal if you want to make new friends and pick up tips on local activities. Whether you visit Hennu Stall by day or night, you’ll find a wide range of drinks to try. It also features live music, so drop by if you have the energy to dance before you retire to your ski chalet in Zermatt.
Address: Bergrestaurant Chämi-Hitta, Untere Riffelalp 7, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 10 96
Chämi-Hitta is a mountain restaurant catering to customers on the lower Riffelalp (Land Tunnel ski run). You can walk to Chämi-Hitta from the Riffelalp station in around 15 minutes, and it offers a varied menu including sweet and savoury options. You can also enjoy a wide range of drinks, including prosecco, gin, coffees, frappes, and even shots.
While Chämi-Hitta is closed mid-season, it opens between 8am – 5pm during winter. If you travel with children over summer, you can leave them to play on the playground while you enjoy a tasty meal and a drink. Meanwhile, a cost heated terrace is available during winter.
It’s very unlikely that you will have been anywhere like the Iglu-Dorf before. Located 2,727m higher than sea level, the Iglu-Dorf is an astonishing little après ski spot designed to resemble a traditional igloo next to the Gornegrat Variante ski run. You can stay overnight if you feel like taking a true mountain experience, and there’s lots to keep you occupied. Open every day 11am – 4pm.
You’ll dine on a delicious cheese fondue, enjoy a hearty breakfast in the mountain restaurant, and relax with a variety of drinks. The luxurious Igloo-Suite features a private whirlpool, champagne and aperitif tray, and more. The Romantic-Igloo, meanwhile, is perfect for couples.
Address: Blauherd 2600m, 3920 Zermatt
Tel: +41 27 967 35 24
Stop at the Blue Lounge for some amazing views and live music after a day’s skiing. The most amazing feature at the Blue Lounge is the huge sun terrace with room for up to 200 people. Sit back, sip your drink, and marvel at the beautiful Matterhorn. In crisp, clear weather, this can be a fantastic experience. The bar is open daily from 8.30am – 3.30pm and is located at the top of the Blauherd lift area.
If you need to retreat inside, the Blue Lounge includes a rustic fireplace, comfortable seating, and a charming decor. Live music is courtesy of a band or DJ, and there’s a variety of dishes to try if you want to eat before you go back to your ski chalet.
When you arrive at the Fluhalp, you’re sure to be impressed by its traditional architecture and size. This is a wonderful après ski location in Zermatt, standing 2,606 metres above sea level, it is located on the Fluehalp ski run and open 7am – 6pm in winter.
Choose from a varied selection of drinks and plan the next day’s activities in a cosy environment. Feast on rustic or “exclusive” food in the restaurant or on the sun terrace, which offers stunning views of the Matterhorn.
A live band plays regularly throughout the winter season, and you can even stay overnight during summer. That’s helpful if you’re too exhausted to make it back to your ski chalet.
Adler Hitta stands at 2,200 metres above sea level on the Findeln Alp. Not only is Adler Hitta beautifully decorated in a traditional style, it also offers mind-blowing views and a comprehensive menu. Enjoy soups, salads, pastas, seafood, breads, burgers, and desserts. Want to whet your whistle? Drinks include beers, wines, and champagnes.
On top of all that, you can experience regular live events at Adler Hitta, too. DJs, bands, solo singers, violinists, and other types of acts have played at Adler Hitta in recent years. This is definitely an après ski spot in Zermatt worth your time. Open 9am – 5pm during winter.
Zermatt’s Apres Ski In The Village
Zermatt village is a wonderful place to visit, whether it’s for sight seeing, clothing, restaurants or apres! Head back towards your holiday chalet under the Matterhorn a little earlier or catch one last drink once you’ve skied down after the last lift into the village.
The main road running through Zermatt village, Bahnhofstrasse, is lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels. This is the place to be if you fancy a bite to eat and a drink or two. We’ve picked the five best locations in this article, so try to fit these into your schedule when exploring the village in Zermatt!
There are terrific pubs with an authentic Swiss feel, and they offer different types of beers and wines to satisfy diverse tastes. As with some of the venues on the mountain runs in Zermatt, pubs and bars in the village put on live music to get customers on the dancefloor, too!
You can catch an electric taxi or bus to get around the village fast (it’s a combustion engine-free zone to keep pollution down), and most of the top venues are within walking distance of each other. Sit on a balcony with a cool Zermatt Bier (from the local brewery) or something a little stronger, breathe that clear alpine air, and watch clouds drift past the peak.
The Papperla Pub is based in the centre of Zermatt, and is regarded as a staple of the village. Local residents and tourists alike frequent the pub frequently, whether for food, drinks, or good company.
If you want to enjoy some traditional booze and mouth-watering meals on your way back to your ski chalet, the Papperla Pub has plenty to offer. Dine on burgers, fries, nachos, hot dogs, and more. Drink diverse beers (bottled and on tap), champagnes, wines, shots, whiskeys, and cocktails.
It even provides a membership card, providing card-holding customers with special offers and prices. Open daily, 3pm – midnight.
Cervo Bar Lounge
As the name suggests, the CERVO Bar Lounge combines drinking and accommodation. If you’re coming down the Sunnegga side of the resort then Cervo should certainly be one of your stops. This hotel style venue serves class with amazing views at the side of the piste. Offering different bands and DJ’s, the music is varied and exciting and the setting couldn’t be better.
The Bazaar is CERVO’s dining and drinking spot, so head to the large outside terrace for a spot of apres ski relaxation. It offers a laid-back atmosphere ideal for chatting and sharing stories of your adventures on the slopes. It’s definatly one of the more stylish apres ski bars. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are available. And an après ski truck is on hand with mulled wine and beer during winter! Open 3pm – 6pm daily.
Harry’s Bar is a popular place to dance, drink, and hang out with locals and tourists. It has a stylishly rustic look and a cosy feel, with soft lighting and wooden ceilings.
Harry’s Bar was opened by Harry Lauber (hence the name) and his son in late 2014, after being converted from a henhouse. Its staff dress in traditional outfits for an authentic Swiss experience, and tasty Stiegl beer is readily available for a well-earned post-ski sup. You can also drink wines and cocktails from around the world if you’re in the mood for something different. Open 4pm – midnight daily.
Keey your eye’s peeled for the ‘all you can drink’ sign for 60chf which appears now and again.
Brown Cow Pub
The Brown Cow Pub is part of the Unique Hotel Post, which was established in 1875. While at the Brown Cow Pub, you can unwind with a range of alcoholic drinks and coffees in a laid-back environment. It has a typical ‘pub feel’ to it with a great apres vibe.
If your stomach’s growling after burning calories on the slopes, you can feed it burgers, hot dogs, salads, and sandwiches. Prefer to eat back at your ski chalet or while walking instead? No problem — the Brown Cow Pub offers a takeaway service, too. Open 8.30am – 2am daily.
The Zermama Bistro is part of the Hotel Zermama in Zermatt, near to the bottom of the Sunnegga Railway. This venue serves guests and non-guests of the hotel, so you can drop in for a drink and snack even if you’re staying at a private ski chalet instead.
You can enjoy an extensive selection of cocktails, beers, wines, mocktails, rums, and more at the Zermama Bistro. Foods include salads, baguettes, strudel, cheesecake, and pastas. This is a modern, sophisticated après ski spot that stays true to its roots with a traditional feel. Open 7am – midnight daily.