Chamonix knows how to party on any night of the year; celebrate New Year's Eve with live music, cocktails, fireworks and fun.
The Big Countdown
The focal point of New Year’s Eve in Chamonix is counting down to midnight by the clock tower in the centre of town. This is usually a completely chaotic event with no one quite sure exactly when to start counting, hoards of people shouting over each other in a multitude of languages, excitable revellers setting off impromptu fireworks, etc, etc… It’s all good fun though and once the new era has been announced there is a great deal of kissing and hugging complete strangers, while an official firework display goes on largely ignored overhead.
Pubs & Bars
It’s business as usual for most of the drinking establishments in Chamonix on New Year’s Eve. The good thing about this is that there are no extortionate entry fees, no queuing on the door, and no fancy dress codes. The flip side is that everywhere is rammed and your favourite bars may be so busy that you can barely squeeze through the door, never mind gets your drinks order in.
Get your Bugsy Malone outfits ready and start practising your Charleston for the Anti-Depression NYE Session at Bighorn Bistro. They’ll be serving up a special menu from 6pm onwards and then it’s party time from 10:30pm with Ziggy Zero mixing the tunes and the bar staff mixing their best moonshine cocktails.
Monkey are glamming it up with a Dirty Disco party from 10pm and finishing at 04:30 so dig out your best glittery gear and get dancing until well into 2017.
Bar’d Up is averting this scenario by operating a wristband policy after 10pm, which gives you access to a private party with live music from Titus Pollo. No inflated drinks prices or wrestling through the sweaty crowds to get to the bar. Wristbands are only 10€ each and numbers are limited, so get yours in advance!
Ring in the new year with champagne and hot dogs at Cool Cats, right opposite Bar’d Up. This hip new addition to the Rue des Moulins has proved popular not just for their gourmet grub but also for their warm welcome and chilled vibes. Grab yourself a glass of bubbles and do apres-ski in style with a live jazz band from 4pm, followed by DJs playing funk and soul late into the night.
At the other end of town, the Jekyll & Hyde invites you to join them for a New Year’s dinner party, complete with live music and DJs. This cosy old pub is a great place to settle in for the night and raise a toast to 2017 with friends.
Over in Les Houches, the Kitsch Inn will be popping the corks and getting the party started from 4:30pm with live music going on until 2am - ranging from indie folk rock to 70’s dance floor classics. They’re also laying on a special menu, to sustain you through the evening.
You can find more details on all Chamonix bars and pubs here
Restaurants & Bistros
New Year is all about gourmet dining and fine wine here in France, and there are plenty of restaurants in Chamonix where you can indulge in both.
Hotel Heliopic will be pushing the boat out with a lavish menu featuring caviar, lobster, and other luxurious treats in the elegant surroundings of their restaurant with live music in the lounge bar from 10pm.
Swedish-run restaurant Bizes is offering something a bit different with unusual taste sensations such as courgette, fennel and white chocolate soup topped with scallop and dill meringue on offer.
Hotel Aiguille du Midi in Les Bossons may be off the beaten track but they are renowned for their excellent restaurant and homegrown produce. They’re offering a traditional French festive menu starting with champagne and canapes and finishing with local cheeses and their notoriously delicious desserts.
Likewise, Hotel Les Lanchers in Les Praz is a bit out of the way but they draw people in from far and wide with their great food and friendly ambience. Their New Year’s menu puts an elaborate twist on classic dishes, with indulgent ingredients that will surely require an cognac or two to aid the digestion process.
If you’re at the other end of the valley, you’ll find a great dining experience at Le Delice, a tiny little restaurant with a great reputation. Their NYE menu promises to be a real treat and, as ever, they can offer children’s menus and vegetarian options on request.
You can find all other Chamonix restaurants here, be sure to book in advance if you want a table for New Year!
The Morning After
If you can face the thought of eating after a night of partying then there is no shortage of places in Chamonix to grab a great brunch. Monkey, La Terrasse and Bluebird all do a good old fry-up, whereas Elevation is renowned for it’s stomach-settling baguettes stuffed with egg and sausage. You can find more hangover cures and possibly even a hair of the dog in the many Chamonix Cafes.
Additional buses will also be running to get you party-goers home too.
Location: Chamonix - Centre