La Bellevilloise

This place actu­al­ly dates back to 1877 as the first Parisian coop­er­a­tive. The ini­tial project con­sist­ed of gath­er­ing all mod­est peo­ple (not very Parisian nowa­days, but we digress) and pre­sent­ing them with polit­i­cal edu­ca­tion and cul­ture in one place. Since then, it has evolved into a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary set: cul­tur­al and social events, pre­sen­ta­tions, media cov­er­age, con­certs, shows, exhi­bi­tions, screen­ings, fash­ion shows, a café and last but cer­tain­ly not least, a club. The entire build­ing is divid­ed into sec­tions which include a loft area, the forum (aka the club), the olive hall (pos­si­bly the area where you can expe­ri­ence more of that live music/band sce­nario) and the ter­race to just…chill. Either way, you’ll def­i­nite­ly find a place where you fit in.

ADDRESS: 19–21 Rue Boy­er (20th arr.)

MÉTRO: Gam­bet­ta (line 3)

NUMBER: 01 46 36 07 07

NEIGHBORHOOD: Belleville

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INSTAGRAM: @labellevilloise

Le Caveau de la Huchette

The tem­ple du swing, a place to expe­ri­ence your first jazz club is you’ve nev­er thought of it before. Every evening since 1946, a jazz orches­tra has been play­ing inspired by the Cot­ton Club era. The place real­ly show­cas­es why ‘Paris is a par­ty’: from top jazz play­ers to get­ting high­light­ed in the infa­mous movie ‘La la Land’, the club holds true to the chill night­time vibes that Paris has to offer. If you’re up for a night out on the town but don’t feel like throw­ing down shots just for you to feel ashamed the next day, this is the place to go. Have fun, drink (mod­er­ate­ly) and get intro­duced to a music genre you nev­er thought you could jam to before.

ADDRESS: 5 Rue de la Huchette (5th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Michel Notre-Dame (line 4)

NUMBER: 01 43 26 65 05

NEIGHBORHOOD: Berges de Seine

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INSTAGRAM: @caveaudelahuchetteofficiel

Le Pop-Up du Label

From live jazz on Tues­days to a cosy atmos­phere for small con­certs, this loca­tion has an exten­sive agen­da for when it comes to plan­ning your next live music out­ing. You’re bound to find some­thing you love (although hear­ing some­one play­ing an instru­ment in a room full of peo­ple that match your ener­gy is an expe­ri­ence in itself). There isn’t just the musi­cal cul­ture of the club though, but a culi­nary one too. Eat your fan­cy meal at the place’s restau­rant and then go into the con­cert hall (low ceil­ings and a steamy mood) to lis­ten to what­ev­er band they decid­ed to show­case that night. For more pre­cise details, check out their music cal­en­dar on their web­site to see who is next up.

ADDRESS: 14 Rue Abel (12th arr.)

MÉTRO: Reuil­ly – Diderot (line 1 or 8)

NUMBER: 01 77 11 04 24

NEIGHBORHOOD: Ali­gre

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INSTAGRAM: @popupdulabel

La Mécanique Ondulatoire

So you have a par­tic­u­lar music taste. Or you just know that tonight, you want to lis­ten to one genre and one genre only: yes, it could only be…good old fash­ion rock and roll (and some punk). From DJs to live bands, the loca­tion has a ful­ly stocked bar for you to enjoy as you bop your head up and down to the tunes. Here’s a good way to describe the atmos­phere: grunge posters and stick­ers all over the walls/bathroom stalls, stone cave-like ceil­ings, pin­ball machines and a gen­er­al rock spir­it. It is known for its authen­tic rock style in the Bastille area.

ADDRESS: 8 Pas­sage Thiéré (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Bastille (line 1, 5 or 8)

NUMBER: 01 43 55 69 14

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille

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INSTAGRAM: @lamecaniqueondulatoire

Pop In

An upstairs lounge and a cel­lar for live indie music. Get your­self a Guin­ness or draft beer (or any oth­er drink for that mat­ter), and awk­ward­ly dance from side to side with your mates to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent artists. Again, grunge is plas­tered all over the walls, with graf­fi­ti and posters that real­ly ties the atmos­phere of the place togeth­er. You can expe­ri­ence either a full band moment or a sin­gle artist with an acoustic gui­tar (to each its own). When there isn’t live music, the bar­tender dou­bles as a DJ, shuf­fling songs from his spo­ti­fy playlist (it’s still good, don’t worry)

ADDRESS: 105 Rue Amelot (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Sébastien — Frois­sart (line 8)

NUMBER: 01 48 05 56 11

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf

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L’Alimentation Générale

If you’re not honed down to a spe­cif­ic music genre and want to con­tin­ue dis­cov­er­ing new types of music (those who don’t, you know who you are), this place is for you. Their mot­to is to present open-mind­ed peo­ple with a diverse range of music styles in their week­ly agen­da. Soul, punk rock, world groove, boo­gie boo­gie; seri­ous­ly, there is just about any­thing that could tick­le your fan­cy. Of course, drink­ing with friends is a giv­en but you can also order small snacks (i.e. hot­dogs) from the bar. 

ADDRESS: 64 Rue Jean-Pierre Tim­baud (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Par­men­tier (line 3)

NUMBER: 09 81 86 42 50

NEIGHBORHOOD: Oberkampf

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INSTAGRAM: @alg_paris

Les Disquaires

Jazz, soul, funk, song, elec­tro, hip-hop, cumbia, Afro-Caribbean music, Brazil­ian music, pop, new scene and (of course) the DJ’s takeover of the turnta­bles on the week­ends. Unlike most of the bars on this list, this pub likes to keep things min­i­mal­is­tic. Known for their deli­cious cock­tails and friend­ly ser­vice (don’t over­look this trait, you are in Paris after­all), they are one of the few more chill places to hang out at (don’t mis­un­der­stand this to mean ‘bor­ing’, the music is on fire) — the club is open until late so it’s nev­er too late to par­ty like a Parisian

ADDRESS: 6 Rue des Tail­landiers (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ledru-Rollin (line 8)

NUMBER: 01 40 21 94 60

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille

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INSTAGRAM: @lesdisquaires.club

Le Motel

Ah yes, the place where the elec­tro-pop-rock clien­tele meet on a reg­u­lar basis. The bar is stocked with fla­vor­ful cock­tails (try the vod­ka-lime-straw­ber­ry and mint) and of course, hap­py hour. For a live bar in Paris, it also known to be rel­a­tive­ly cheap so ‘I can’t, I’m broke’ isn’t an excuse is this sce­nario (sor­ry, you need to make the most of being in Paris). Check out their DJ and event nights to see if there is some­thing which you would like more (I’m talk­ing to all the picky music tastes out there). Oth­er­wise, go spend your last cents here…you won’t regret it

ADDRESS: 8 Pas­sage Jos­set (11th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ledru-Rollin (line 8)

NUMBER: 01 83 96 68 48

NEIGHBORHOOD: Bastille

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INSTAGRAM: @lemotel

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