BARS & CLUBS
Canillo offers only a handful of laid-back local bars, and isn't really on the map as far as nightlife is concerned;
El Tarter has an up-&-coming weekend club scene, but Soldeu is still regarded as this area's après-ski capital.
Almost all of the villages' hotels also have their own in-house bars, some of which can be quite animated, depending on the liveliness & sociability of each week's clientele; at the very least they're handy for starting the night off and/or for a final wee cheeky one just before bedtime. The largest and best quality hotels also offer a café service in their public lounge bars, and are often the best choice for a more refined après ski ambiance.
The listings below give a selection of some of the best venues in each resort:
Laid-Back Village Atmosphere
This is pretty much just a quiet traditional mountain community, with nightlife revolving around a relaxing drink in a hotel bar or dinner in a village restaurant.
For a slightly more animated evening, try La Roda cellar-bar/restaurant at the upper end of the village centre (late bar + food service); or the long-established Molí del Peano bar/restaurant by the side of the river just off the main road out of town towards El Tarter (Danish beers, local crowd). Otherwise, anyone got a deck of cards?
Cool cocktail bar, attached to a well-regarded restaurant, with a friendly & relaxed après-ski scene; 2-for-1 drinks during Happy Hours (17:30–19:30hrs); + free WiFi.
Also houses a popular late-night underground chillout-lounge/club venue; with a pool table, plasma-screen music video system, plus DJs & live gigs at weekends.
Restaurant cocktail bar open 13:00–01:00hrs; cellar bar open 19:30–03:00hrs.
Free transport from/to Canillo & Soldeu on Friday nights.
Vintage, by Arthur's
Nice late-night venue with aspirations to be a proper nightclub.
Mostly DJs, with occasional live music. Housed in a small stone-built converted barn at the upper end of the residential area. Open from 23:30hrs, Monday–Saturday.
Classic après-ski bar in the centre of the village, and one of Soldeu's key venues.
Daily videos of current week's visitors on the slopes; live bands; DJs; big-screen sports; sumo-suit wrestling; pool tables and arcade-style video games machines.
Also houses the Colorado Tex Mex restaurant.
Just a small, plain, local bar; yet it seems to hit the spot for many visitors.
Late-night snacks service is the key attraction.
Centrally located, facing the Hotel Piolets on the main street.
In-house bar at the Piolets Parc Hotel, located at the lower end of the village.
Standard pub atmosphere, with occasional live entertainment.
One of Soldeu's most popular music bars, housed in an atmospheric old barn.
DJs; live bands; and a good varied programme of theme nights/events.
Well-regarded restaurant on ground floor level.
Central location, behind the Hotel Himalaya.
Popular small pub attached to the Hotel Piolets complex, on the main street in the centre of the village.
Pool table; darts; karaoke nights.
In-house pub at the Sport Hotel, open to non-residents. Once one of the liveliest bars in town, now more mellow but with a proper pub feel; occasional live music.
(Formally the ‘Pussycat Pub’)
The original, and arguably still the best, late-night venue in town; now under new management and recently refurbished to appeal to a more international clientele.
DJs; live bands; pole-dancing; and a good varied programme of theme nights; dancing is definitely encouraged.
Housed on the upper floor of an old village barn, above the lovely Cort de Popaire restaurant, on the back street overlooking the village centre.
Laid-back, friendly in-house bar at the cosy Roc St Miquel hotel, tucked away at the bend of the main road towards El Tarter at the lower end of Soldeu village.
Well-established and popular with seasonnaires; frequent live music nights and always a welcoming vibe.
The hotel's restaurant is also open to non-residents and has a good reputation for tasty home cooking.
Tel +376 851 079
Although just a small local bar, the T-Bar is managed by a couple of Soldeu's snowboard instructors and, therefore, has a chilled freestyle-centric vibe; a cool, unpretentious hangout.
On the main street in the village centre, facing the Hotel Piolets.
Big, buzzing, traditional pub with an Irish theme.
Music/extreme-sports videos; live bands; DJs; and a small dance floor.
Main-street location, at the entrance to the gondola base station; busy, popular first base for après ski.