Party Earth Review Located along Canal St. Martin and once a British officers’ mess hall, Bizz’art is now a legendary nightspot where in-the-know music lovers go to listen to live music, guzzle spirits, and dance until the sun rises. Wood floors, white walls, and crystal chandeliers juxtaposed against the original rafters give the concert ... more
167 Quai de Valmy
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review A Paris institution, Rex Club has consistently attracted a dance crowd since the early 90s – and indeed the music and dance floor are the heart and soul of the venue, where beat-loving patrons enjoy a mix of powerful, funky sounds played by some of the hottest bands and DJs around. The live techno, house, and hip-hop are ... more
5 Boulevard Poissonnière
Party Earth Review A lofty bar/restaurant/club trifecta, Djoon is where Motown meets the Seine and stylish Frenchies get funky. High painted ceilings complete with Italian frescoes à la the Sistine Chapel create an airy vibe in the large dining area, as chic professionals gather on the egg-shaped yellow chairs to peruse the international ... more
22 Boulevard Vincent Auriol
Bar / Club
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
46 Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Among the many hidden treasures of Paris is Favela Chic, a little gem of a restaurant and club tucked into a side street off Faubourg-du-Temple. Finding the illuminated top hat hovering above a small alleyway – the bar’s only exterior signage – is the hardest part, but once patrons arrive, they’ll be swept into the eclectic ... more
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Party Earth Review Mille neuf cent soixante dix neuf – or 1979 for short – is a chic restaurant, bar, and club popular with a stylish clientele of hipsters and trendy young professionals. A sleek patio draws an after-work crowd looking to loosen their ties and kick back with a bottle of wine, while the eclectic interior offers plenty of space ... more
49 Rue Berger
Party Earth Review A former synagogue may seem like an odd place for a Parisian hotspot like Le Pompon, but there are few, if any, hints left to point to the building’s past. Nowadays, in fact, the ground floor looks more like an aristocrat’s living room, the subterranean club gets bumping fast, and the stylish clientele is equal parts hipster ... more
39 Rue des Petites Écuries
Party Earth Review Docked on the River Seine, Batofar (Lighthouse Boat) is indeed a boat remodeled in the 1990s to host concerts and a late-night dance scene. It was such an instant success that a dozen other party boats popped up along the riverbanks – but the original Batofar is the only one left standing and still delivers ... more
13 Quai François Mauriac
Club / Live Music Venue
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
5 Avenue de l’Opéra
Club / Music Venue
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My take: One of the best music venues in Paris, because of their calendar of festivals and concerts, has to be Gibus. The club opened its doors in 196 ..." more
18 Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Party Earth Review Originally founded by famed disco mistress Regina Zylberberg and popular with big name celebrities well into the 1980s, the swanky Chez Régine has been transformed by its new promoters into an even more sparkling venue. Once past the picky doormen, fashionable patrons descend two flights into a dark basement ... more
49 Rue de Ponthieu
The bars mostly close around 2am, but many of the clubs in Paris keep the nightlife scene going well into the next day, and cater to everything from glitzy fashion hounds to penny pinching students.
It is the City of Light, after all, and Paris clubs light up the night all over town. Jet-setters and glam socialites check into the glorious clubs in Rivoli and the exclusive nightclubs along the Champs-Élysées, while everybody can find a place to suit their needs and styles in the northeastern districts – especially in Ménilmontant, Belleville and Canal St-Martin where everything from jazz clubs to blues clubs to sex clubs sprout up like weeds.
The Bastille clubs are also always hopping with world-renowned DJs, but the coolest thing about clubs in Paris may be the fact that so many of them are built inside amazing historic buildings. Bagatelle, for example, was originally a hunting lodge frequented by Marie Antoinette, and now plays host to amazing annual parties like Eurotrash Disney.
The clubs in Paris are a feast for the eyes as much as the ears, from ultra-private hotspots where patrons practically need to be on a first-name basis with God to get in to crazy circus-styled dance clubs with acrobats and little people flying through the air.