All-night champagne parties and no closing times – the rich and the famous don’t ever do things by halves and at these posh hot spots there are no rules. Read on to find out where the global elite really let their hair down to get properly pissed on the piste.
Greengo nightclub, Gstaad, Switzerland
Gstaad is the playground of the wealthy elite and the super superstars: Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Jackson and Roger Moore, to drop but a few names, all holidayed here.
Sitting high above the town is a stone castle, The Palace, and attached to it is Greengo. The Palace and club, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, are central to the Gstaad experience.
The décor is disco-cum-glamourpuss and unashamedly 70s. Located in the basement, it has a massive dancefloor which retracts over the hotel’s swimming pool. Resident DJ Jim Leblanc plays the most popular and up-to-date songs for the illustrious clientele.
Greengo Club, Gstaad
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The Pöstli Club, Davos, Switzerland
Drawing a mix of locals and tourists, as well as sports stars and other celebs the Postli attracts a well-healed crowd. The players of the local Davos hockey club are regulars as are various musicians.
Club manager Seigi Sterkoudis employs local DJs who play a variety of new and old rock and pop tracks and classics from Abba to Led Zeppelin. The atmosphere isn’t crazy Après ski music and you’ll look out of place if you rock up in ski-wear. Indeed most people dress up not down. The club has a cool alpine décor with stuffed animal heads on the walls, wood furnishings contrasted with cubic glass tables and modern lighting. Entrance is normally free but check with the club before you go. Patrons must be 23 years of age or older to enter the club.
Postli Club, Davos
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Dick’s Tea Bar, Val d’isere, France
Dick’s Tea Bar is Val d’Isere’s most famous watering hole. It was opened on New Year’s Eve in 1975 by Dick Yates-Smith and has since undergone several refurbishments. Now owned by Seb Hall and Alex Fateh who transformed it to give it a more modern feel, it’s currently made up of three sections - the Entry bar, the Cocktail Bar and the excellent Members' Bar next door. The décor is chic alpine and people can have their own table, waitress and security if they so desire.
Everyone from The Nextmen to DJ Yoda, Krafty Kuts and Tim Westwood have played at the venue and the club welcomes more than 1,000 customers a day filter through from 3:00pm until the small hours. The client base is broad but the locals frequent it regularly. We love that Dick’s also has its own shuttle bus which collects and drops off skiers between the ski run and the bar.
Dick's Tea Bar is open til 5am every day
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La Folie Douce, Val d’Isere, France
Another of Val d’Isere’s hottest apres-ski spots is La Foulie Douce. It’s a full on lunchtime rave with plenty of beats and ski boots on tables. The restaurant and bar at Val d’Isere is the original Folie Douce but the mountain club branded the ‘dance floor on top of the mountain’ now has various spin offs in Meribel, Val Thorens, Alpe D’Huez and St. Gervais.
The name translates as sweet madness which sums up the music and atmosphere perfectly. Live saxophone, banging bass, fire breathers and cabaret performers are part and parcel of the eclectic vibe. Find it at the top of La Daille gondola. Thursdays and Fridays are the best days to go.
La Folie Douce, Val d'Isere
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Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
At the base of Aspen Mountain, next to the Silver Queen gondola, lies Ajax Tavern - one of the swishest après ski venues in America. The restaurant is the perfect spot for chilled out fine dining (champagne and seafood anyone?) in a buzzing atmosphere. The décor is rustic chalet chic with comfortable seating and wood panelling everywhere.
The best time to go is in the afternoon especially when there is live music and the crowd gets pumping. Cocktails are great, we love the spicy margaritas, and the parmesan truffle fries and cheeseburgers are finger-licking good. The apres-ski patio is beautiful and views of Aspen mountain are sublime. Reservations are only taken for dinner which means that queues for lunch and apres can get long. Get there early to avoid disappointment. Prices for drinks are decent and there’s a great selection of wines and local beers on offer.
Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, Aspen
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King’s Club, St Moritz, France
Glitzy and glamorous and located in the basement of the luxe five-star Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is St Moritz’s oldest and most famous nightclub. With the capacity to hold 200 guests it’s the perfect spot to party the night away with an elite set. Singer Sting has partied hard at King’s.
The nightclub was recently transformed and now has exposed rock columns, cement floors and a new wooden dance floor. Hanging above are glittering neon-lit disco balls which spin to hip-hop tracks. DJ’s are world famous and change regularly.
Arrive after midnight and dress to impress –some events require black tie. As for closing times, they don’t exist at King’s Club – go hard or go home.
Kings Club at Hotel Badrutt, St. Moritz
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39 Degrees, Aspen, Colorado
39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel, a block away from the Silver Queen gondola, has a great party atmosphere, fantastic drinks and gorgeous views of the slopes. The décor is swanky with sexy lighting and interconnected sitting areas which give it a cool urban feel. The lounge has a huge stone fireplace which Mixologist Denis Cote, who creates the drinks menu, takes inspiration from the outdoors setting – we love the Botox Martini and the Colorado Swizzle. Drinks are pretty strong and are reasonably priced. What’s more, all of the wines on offer are made in a socially responsible manner.
It’s a very social bar so if you’re looking to meet people and make new friends this is the place to visit. The apres starts at 3pm when people head to the outdoor heated pool, which Playboy named one of its top ten poolside bars, to show off their hot bodies. Past visitors include Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn. It really is one of Aspen’s sexiest bars!
39 Degrees Lounge, Aspen
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Casa Antica, Klosters, Switzerland
Reportedly the favoured nightclub of Princes Harry and William, Casa Antica is a small disco in a converted barn which serves fabulous cocktails that pulls a cool clientele on the weekends. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed and the dress code is casual. Glamour and glitz are out of place here; rather it’s cozy and traditional with a few stag heads thrown in for good measure. Music is varied and there are great DJs spinning the decks.
Staff are extremely accommodating and you can ask to keep your own bottle of vodka behind the bar for the whole season. During the week the house is more of a classic bar but at weekends it really comes alive. Guests must be at least 21 years of age.
Who goes there? The Royals, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Rupert Everett.