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Paris’s In-The-Know Nightlife Writers

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Aug 17, 2012 —  While we cringe to think we’re not savvy enough to seamlessly navigate every part of Paris’s social scene, sometimes you have to accept the fact that Paris has a certain je ne sais quoi (cliché?) that makes it hard to break through into the inner circles of the city’s exclusive nightlife. For example, if the extent of your French is je ne sais quoi and voulez vous couchez avec moi, ce soir, you will remain firmly outside those inner circles.

Luckily for us, we stumbled upon some of the best and brightest writers and bloggers on the inside of La Ville-Lumière to take us past the velvet ropes, hidden alley-way haunts, and off-the-beaten-path hotspots. And while we still have to scratch and claw our way past the tightest doors, thanks to these writers, we’ll at least know which ones are worth fighting for.

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    Anna Madsen - Paris

    This Parisian insider is an event organizer, blogger, journalist, and full time social maven whose exploits can often be found on her lifestyle blog at www.annastasja.com. If you’re looking for Anna while out in Paris, just find the biggest bouncers standing in front of the most exclusive clubs in Paris and wave to her as she winks at you from the inside. Her favorite venues are: Raspoutine Club, Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, le George at Centre Pompidou for a drink, and l'ARC nightclub.

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    In Anna’s words:

    “Being sociable and with a flair for fashion, I made my debut on the nightlife scene as a young girl. I rapidly learned how to work the ropes and the who’s who of every nightlife scene: Paris, New York, Stockholm, London, etc. Going out, whether to a club, special event, or gala has always been exciting for me. There exists a hierarchy, a social code and a hidden etiquette out at night that not everyone will learn to master. The London scene is completely different from the Paris equivalent; in one city money talks, in the other looks gets you anywhere. Obviously it’s amazing if you have both. My art-form is writing, and expressing myself by depicting how I live through my work. I think I wrote my first chronicle when I was 15 about the “ill-functioning VIP system at nightclubs in Stockholm”. It caused quite a stir! All of a sudden I was listed as a “Nightclub Queen” by one Swedish site, and interviewed by another entertainment site. That’s how it started.”

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    Kim Laidlaw Adrey – Paris

    Kim is the editor for Unlock Paris – www.unlockparis.com – as well as a freelance travel writer and copy editor for several fashion magazines. Because of her multiple hats, she can always be found at the latest openings for bars, clubs, restaurants, and events all over Paris. Her favorite venues are: Le Carmen, Club Silencio, Wanderlust, and L\Inconnu.

    In Kim’s words:

    “I began writing about culture in Paris because I had a constant barrage of people asking me for recommendations and thought it made sense to share that information with the wider public. Nightlife writing is an integral part of what’s going on in Paris. I’m interested in discovering, and writing about, contemporary culture in Paris and I’d rather share a great place to go out in the evening where you’ll see the real life and soul of the capital than write a staid review on some boring old tourist trap.”

Anna Madsen - Paris

This Parisian insider is an event organizer, blogger, journalist, and full time social maven whose exploits can often be found on her lifestyle blog at www.annastasja.com. If you’re looking for Anna while out in Paris, just find the biggest bouncers standing in front of the most exclusive clubs in Paris and wave to her as she winks at you from the inside. Her favorite venues are: Raspoutine Club, Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, le George at Centre Pompidou for a drink, and l'ARC nightclub.

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Danny M. Aug 18, 2012
Two more reasons to get back to Paris ASAP :)
Sam A. Aug 18, 2012
I'm with you - these girls have a good thing going! Looks like Anna gets to do some cool traveling outside of Paris as well.
Paul F. Aug 17, 2012
Dying to get to Paris - and really can't wait to check out David Lynch's spot Silencio. If only I knew a way to get in.
Sara G. Aug 17, 2012
Green with envy...I've adored my experiences in Paris, but would love to spend one night hanging out with Anna and Kim - I'm sure I'd see a very, very different side of the city.
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