The bar is expensive, but it has some of the best live music anywhere in Megeve, and one of the oldest jazz clubs outside of Paris. It opened just after the Second world War and has been entertaining musical greats and their admirers ever since. This small jazz club shoots for an upscale market, however, it’s probably best to only go once during your stay, as the musicians are contracted for long periods at a time. Go once, hear great music, and then visit some of the other bars on this list.
Popular with tourists, this is a lively club with a congenial atmosphere. Live music, occasionally a DJ, and sports shown on the televisions make it a hub of movement and activity. Open until five in the morning, the venue attracts a boisterous crowd, but a good one. Theme nights are a common occurrence, so don’t be too surprised if you get in and everyone is dressed like something from an 80’s television show.
182 Route Edmond de Rothschild, Megève, France, +33 4 50 21 09 91
Together with their team, Jérôme Foucaud and Philippe Di Méo have resurrected the feel of 70’s gangsters in their café-pizzeria-bar. Its sleek style, open terrace, and branded glasses give this venue a high-class, but friendly atmosphere, with a feeling reminiscent of Les Tontons Flingueurs, a 1963 French-language gangster movie. It may be named after a bank robber, but Spaggiari is a place you’ll give your money to willingly.
41 Arcades du Mont Blanc, Megève, France, + 33 (0) 4 50 988 988
Saint-Paul is real favorite, and many has feathers to its cap; it is a gift shop and a tobacconist (as the name suggests), but it’s the bar that is the real draw. It’s less expensive here than in certain other establishments, so this might be the spot for people looking for a more down-to-earth experience.
43 Quai du Prieuré, Megève, France, +33 04 50 91 93 03