Party Earth Review Self-described as Paris’ only “temple of live rock,” Guinness Tavern is an Irish-style pub that has been serving up cold beer and hard music every night since the mid-80s. The classic brown and gold façade gives way to a dark interior of wood-paneled walls covered in traditional Irish beer promotions, and a plethora of ... read full review of Guinness Tavern
Party Earth Review A lot has changed for the gay Parisian community since La Champmeslé first opened in 1979, but this popular lesbian bar has never loosened its ties to the movement, and consistently hosts exhibits, musical acts, and LGBT-themed shows. The deep violet but otherwise unassuming façade barely hints at the venue’s proclivities ... more
Party Earth Review Even for a hotel of almost mythical extravagance and size, The Bar in Hotel le Bristol is staggeringly luxurious. Dripping with chandeliers and studded with flower sculptures, the large marbled room manages to remain on the safe side of gaudy with a tasteful and calm atmosphere that belies its grandeur. Plush antique settees ... more
Party Earth Review The puckish air of a playroom meets serious food and drink at La Cantoche Paname, a hip Parisian bistro featuring walls covered in nostalgic kitsch, from mounted Nutella jars to the smiling visage of Kermit the Frog. Patrons can reminisce about grade school as they hopscotch in – yes, there’s a course drawn on the floor ... more
Party Earth Review Located next door to the famous Moulin Rouge, O’Sullivans by the Mill is an English-friendly bar and music venue, but patrons shouldn’t be fooled by the name – this isn’t a traditional Irish pub. The biggest Anglo-Saxon bar in Paris, O’Sullivans is a modern, hip mega-pub with just enough Irish style to stay true to its ... read full review of O'Sullivans by the Mill
Party Earth Review A popular concert hall and club, Scopitone – which takes its name from a 1950s French video jukebox – is one of those rare velvet rope venues with an open-door policy, albeit with a cover charge, that attracts an international crowd of street-smart hipsters and fans of indie rock coming to see The Kooks and Junior Boys ... more
Party Earth Review With its three floors of drinking space and a staff that speaks numerous languages, The Long Hop is often considered to be Paris’ international student drinking headquarters. Passing through the bright blue entrance hung with flags from various nations, patrons find themselves in a typical American/British pub environment ... more
Party Earth Review Something of an institution for American study-abroad students in Paris, Le Violon Dingue (The Mad Violin) is an energetic bar decorated entirely in US sports memorabilia that does double duty as a bumping little club as the night wears on. The ground floor offers up a pretty standard pub vibe, with young sports lovers ... more
Ooh lala, Paris got syle! And this is definitely evident at the chic clubs on Rivoli and the dance floors of the Champs-Élysées. In fact, the bars and clubs in Paris cater to international celebrities, models, and jet-setters to create a highly exclusive nightlife scene.
Besides the larger upscale bars and clubs, there are many smaller but equally seductive boutique bars and luxurious lounges that provide a sexy yet laid-back atmosphere. However this shouldn’t imply Parisians can’t be casual; as such exclusivity hardly defines Paris’ elaborate nightlife options.
The hipster set floods the various electronic and break-beat clubs where DJs and dancing are the focal points, bohemians and artists gather at the smoky bars that populate the outskirts of town, while many expats, university students, travelers, and those simply in need of a relaxed evening fill the array of causal Paris bars and pubs, which often feature English-speaking staffs and patrons.