Upper Valais drinking and nightlife

Bar in Zermatt

Hennu Stall

Last one down to this snowbound ‘chicken run’ is a rotten egg. Hennu is the wildest après-ski shack on Klein Matterhorn, located below Fri on the way to Zermatt. Order a caramel vodka and take your ski boots groovin…
Bar in Saas Fee

Black Bull Snowbar

Near the river, this wooden hut with bar stools to squat on outside is high-energy people-watching terrain. Full-on après-ski fun until the wee hours.
Pub in Zermatt

Papperla Pub

Rammed with sloshed skiers in winter and happy hikers in summer, this buzzing pub with red director chairs on its pavement terrace blends pulsating music with lethal Jägermeister bombs, good vibes and pub grub (from…
Bar in Saas Fee


A hip, long-standing favourite that never seems to lose its street-cred, this party bar is as wild as the party gets in Saas Fee. Its hotel rooms (dorm Sfr35, doubles from Sfr100) are strictly for party lovers; ask …
Wine Bar in Zermatt

Elsie Bar

In a building originally erected in 1879, this elegant, old-world wine bar with wood-panelled walls, across from the church, has been known as Elsie's since 1961. Oysters, caviar and snails are on the winter menu, a…
Bar in Zermatt

Z’alt Hischi

Squirrelled away in an old wooden chalet, wedged between 17th-century granaries and pig stalls on Zermatt's most photographed street, this bijou watering hole demands at least one late-night drink.
Bar in Zermatt

Vernissage Bar Club

The ultimate après-ski antithesis, Vernissage at the Backstage Hotel exudes grown-up sophistication. Local artist Heinz Julen has created a theatrical space with flowing velvet drapes, film-reel chandeliers and cand…
Cafe in Saas Fee


Sit in the late-afternoon sun and slurp an ice-cold shake or smoothie at this chilled ‘bar & smooth music’ address halfway up the main drag. Chocoholics note, the rockslide brownies are heavenly, as are the aper…