Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: Ever wonder where all the cool kids in Paris hangout? They’re all over at L’Inconnu, a new hotspot in the Strasbourg Saint-Denis/Bonne Nouvel ..." more
19 Rue de Mazagran
Party Earth Review Despite the bleak walkway leading to its entrance, La Java is one of the most colorful nightclubs in Paris, known for hosting everything from improvised cabaret evenings to minimal techno DJs. The young and the bored from all over the city traipse down its bright blue stairwells and into its one underground room, whose ... more
105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Party Earth Review Draped in dark velvets, Chacha Club is a trendy Italian restaurant, bar, and club that overlooks the beautiful gardens of Les Halles – though the regular jet-setting clientele is probably focused more on each other. Inside, the maze-like space sports a sleek art deco décor through and through, with leather banquettes, parquet ... more
47 Rue Berger
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 The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists. Managed by non-profit group Usines Éphémère – whose sole purpose is to convert unused buildings into thriving cultural ... more
200 Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris, France
Party Earth Review Located next to the lively Café Charbon in the heart of Oberkampf, Nouveau Casino is a popular bar, club, and concert venue dedicated to experimental and electronic music. Once a workman’s shop, the massive space was converted to a movie theater at the turn of the twentieth century, and then played host to all types of ... more
109 Rue Oberkampf
Party Earth Review Opened in 1936 as a ladies-only club in the heart of Pigalle’s red light district – and frequented for a time by the legendary Edith Piaf – Chez Moune expanded its client base in 2008 when it converted to a late-night dancing den that attracts an eclectic mix of fashion conscious clubbers and chic hipsters ... more
54 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Anyone who’s ever wondered what the legendary Studio 54 was like just needs to spend a night at the VIP Room, where that same star-studded energy is alive and kicking and the red carpet is rolled out in honor of models, French Open tennis pros, and even Madonna when she launched an album here. Such high-profile ... more
188 bis Rue de Rivoli
Party Earth Review When not restricted for private parties – as this popular Champs-Élysées venue so often is – Le 1515 is a pounding chaos of weltering dance fiends looking to party until dawn. Opened as Man Ray just after the millennium by Simply Red lead singer Mick Hucknall and Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, and John ... more
34 Rue Marbeuf
Bar / Club
Party Earth Review A secluded little hotspot that has been on the Parisian scene since 2004, Le Baron is a tiny nightclub with a big reputation. A dark, red-velvet lounge surrounded by two-way mirrors gives way to the club’s only other area, a simple room featuring a long bar and a collection of fashion photography. The “casual glam” factor ... more
6 Avenue Marceau
Party Earth Review Not shy about having one of the strictest door policies in Paris, Neo – located just off the Champs-Élysées – proudly hypes itself as a hangout for the young stars of today and unabashedly touts its long roster of celebrity guests. Chic patrons are known to pull up to the velvet ropes with a car service or entourage, so ... more
23 Rue de Ponthieu
Club / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Located under the historic Pont Alexandre III bridge and housed in a former boating club, Showcase is a popular club whose vaulted ceilings and natural stone arches – former boat hangars – create a unique space with incredible acoustics. Pre-show groups of anonymous rockers and music lovers gather to ... more
Sous le Pont Alexandre III
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.