If your main goal is to drink, meet a mysterious someone, dance all night with them, and never see them again, go clubbing. Magic is made within the walls of Parisian clubs when the music settles into your veins and the sea of people becomes one.
This is where the true cool kids hang out. From renewed DJ open nights to the Fashion Week celebrations, L’Arc has hosted it all. They also have theme nights, so don’t forget to check out their page to know what to expect (except, obviously, classy and bougie, because that’s a given). The line tends to get long, but with their absolute bonkers good location with the Arc du Triomphe view, you will likely spend that time admiring the view anyway. When it comes to music, they do not strain from fresh breeze of Hip-Hop and R&B, so make sure you know your way around heels before going in.
This place is not simply your friendly neighborhood club (well, first of all, it’s in the chic 16th arrondissement, which means if it’s « in the ‘hood » for you, you’re playing this live version of Sims quite well). Yoyo is located in the old cinema (art déco style, baby), nicely hidden in the basement of one of the biggest art museums of Paris, Palais de Tokyo. Most of the time it hosts big events like fashion shows or private parties with champagne fountains (okay, we don’t know about the fountains, but it seems like a place that would have them), yet few times a month it also opens to public, hosting concerts and clubbing nights.
ADDRESS: Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson (16th arr.)
This place around midnight is what would Jay Gatsby’s parties look like, if the book was set in Rio de Janeiro. This Latin America-inspired club/restaurant hosts DJs three times a week who’s choice of music fills up all 4 floors of the XIXth century mansion designed by the Gustave Eiffel himself. And with the place being frequently used as an after-party venue during Fashion Weeks and other ~hot~ events, who knows, maybe you will end up raising your glass with Leo (or at least with some French Latino hottie).
ADDRESS: 46–48 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine (12th arr.)
Glazart is for those of us who like it (=the music) hard. Former bus station turned into a club/concert hall, provides all lovers of rock, metal, stoner (yes, we googled that one) with nights to remember (or not). Situated in the 19th arrondissement, known for its music scene and openness to alternative, it’s a great place to check out something new. Also known as « La Plage » because of the seasonal beach they open outside, that you should totally check out if you’re visiting during summer months.
Pro tip: It’s an ultimate after-party choice, as the morning coffee service starts at 6:30am and lasts all the way up to 4pm.
ADDRESS: 7–15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette (19th arr.)
Red velvet, colored stained glass windows, carved pillars and a wooden dance floor… I know we’re not here to talk architecture, but this place mixes old and new Parisian Bohemia in a way that is just *sigh* as beautiful as their decor. The agenda is full of concerts (both classy- and trashy-leaning), DJ sets and so-called intellectual fight-clubs, whatever that is (they say it involves chess. Hmmm). Either way, it’s worth checking out, even if you’re just on your way to one of the other venues in the area.
Placed in the basement of a beautiful vintage hotel, Mikado will give you that « Midnight in Paris » adventure we’ve all been craving for since the day one. Here the booty is booty-ing, the boogy is boogy-ing and all the twenties are roaring. When it comes to music, they don’t limit themselves to only one genre, but mix it between live performances and Dj nights. They say that their dance floor was created to celebrate love and life. Not gonna lie, they add hell of a class to it as well.
ADDRESS: 55 Boulevard Marguerite de Rochechouart (9th arr.)
MÉTRO: Anvers (line 2) or Pigalle (line 2 and 12)
HOW TO BOOK: no reservations
NUMBER: +33 1 42 81 91 00
DEETS: luxe hotel, roaring twenties, they have rooftop bar as well for some pre-gaming party
La Machine is the nightclub below the Moulin Rouge which regularly hosts DJ’s and themed party nights. Called a « shape-shifting place », the club is spread under, above and around the famous windmill on 4 different levels (with at least one bar at each of them). They agenda is full of various emerging and well-established artists. It’s their love for the freedom of creation and reinvention that will definitely unleash your inner party animal, so don’t resist to join that dark side for a night or two.
La station is mostly a live music venue with various concerts and DJ sets. It’s also one of the places that only locals know, so don’t be afraid to travel all the way *up there*, because you will be rewarded with true Parisian vibe, great music scene and even some cool expos and/or workshops if you’re lucky.
ADDRESS: 29 Avenue de la Porte d’Aubervilliers (18th arr.)
Carbone likes to keep it on the down low and we respect the secrecy. What we can give away is that it has a great DJ sets and great techno/grunge vibe. Rest you have to figure out yourselves (you’ll thank us later).
Deflower prides itself in having a « concept inspired by the US » and fair enough, they got the beat just fine. But it’s not only for those of us who miss Uncle Sam, but also for fans of some pretty great cocktails, the neon light & Marshall speakers lovers as well as electing sound enthusiasts.
Rex Club is the younger sister of the Grand Rex cinema (which prides itself in not only being the biggest cinema in Europe, but also in being more visited that the Louvre at certain point in time). Open since the 1970s, originally in the basement of the cinema, is an iconic place for all alternative and independent music fans.
Want some classy dancing night without going across the city? This artictic/chic cocktail bar during the day, at night turns into a hang out spot for lovers of good dancing (and cabarets from time to time). Let the music and the mixology geniuses (a.k.a. the bartenders) guide you for a truly magical experience.
This venue may seem small (but it’s more about how they use it, right?), but if you think it is not worth your time, let me tell you that, everything that actually matters (including the sound system and the names they book) is humongous. They like to mix classic and modern, so whatever you’re into, there’s definitely some space for you (metaphorical, at least).
In the beginning, Cirque Electrique was sort of a travelling circus, until it moved into a no-man’s land on the outskirts of Paris, where it stands today. This place (literally and figuratively) serves as a link between inner-city and suburban artists through a space dedicated to the creation, dissemination and transmission of circus arts. It’s kind of like city within the city — there’s a concert hall, a theatre/circus venue, a restaurant and a bar here, a bookstore, record store, a circus school and soon probably even more creative spaces (all advantages of having 25 hectares of space — that’s a lot of football fields, yk).
As for what to wear, it’s like Antifa meets Cirque du Soleil. So come as you are and skip the heels unless they are Doc Maarten platforms or some crazy punk shit.
There’s a little bit of everything at La Bellevilloise, fromLe Club for dancing to La Halle for café-concerts and jazz brunches. They have a terrace for outdoor drinking and multiple indoor spaces for concerts, salons, and meetings. It’s truly a multi-dimensional space.
Petit Bain is a floating canteen, club, concert hall, and rooftop bar all wrapped into one. With dark wood shiplap and perky yellow accents, the upper deck terrace overlooks the river and the banks of the 13th arrondissement. Open year round, they offer simple, fresh cuisine and live music sets.
Every Friday and Saturday night at midnight, Manko turns into a club of writhing bodies and live music. It’s a place where elegance meets sex. You’ll show up for the live DJ set and leave with more than a few memories and stolen kisses.
Located down the block from Champs-Élysées, Raspoutine is a trendy and moody night club. Once fashioned as a Russian cabaret, it is classified as a historical monument and now brings the city of Paris live music and dancing. The night club is mostly red with golden accents, boasting red velvet furniture, cozy alcoves and passageways, and low golden lighting.
Even though Le Labo is situated at the edge of Paris’ posh + chic 1st arrondissement between the Louvre, Le Marais, and Les Halles (aka ‘nightlife central’), it ain’t snobby n’ pretentious. They host a gottdamn BUFFET of energetic revelry from day to night. Here the aim is to get drunk and kiss strangers in whatever style tickles your fancy; live music, an all-out glitzy drag show, Karaoké. (Say it Frenchly, mes chéries…)Friday nights mean a gay-friendly after work party (slash speed dating, if you will) where you can meet people from all (Parisian) walks of life.
DEETS: club, events, live music, drag shows, gay bar
Wanderlust is an outdoor event space located in the 13th arrondissement that hosts a variety of street food, pizzas, and cocktails, as well as a selection of live music. They have intimate covered wooden cubicles as well as picnic tables and benches for dining and drinking.