Party Earth Review A far cry from the literal translation of its name – “the general food store” – L'Alimentation Générale welcomes a diverse mix of music lovers looking for an eclectic mash-up of DJs and live performers. An audience of chill students and hip intellectuals promises a calm midweek vibe, as patrons perch at the scattered picnic ... more
64 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Situated in a prime location right in front of the Louvre, Le Cabaret (known as Le Cab) is a chic and glamorous restaurant and nightclub catering to a young and fashionable international clientele. Although the restaurant and terrace offer a delectable menu in a romantic setting, the real draw at Le Cab is the chic and ... more
2 Place du Palais-Royal
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
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 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 / 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 Its gaping rotunda and centuries-old stone façade could easily be home to a museum – and in fact it used to be Louis XVI’s government customs house – but once through La Rotonde’s colonnaded entrance, patrons find themselves in a labyrinthine space that combines centuries of history with ... more
6-8 Place de la Bataille
Stalingrad 75019 Paris
Bowling Alley / Club
Reviewed by sian h.
"Just a quick drunken stumble away from L’Arc de Triomphe, Duplex is nothing if not convenient. This underground multi story club can be a bit of a mis ..." more
2 Bis Avenue Foch
Party Earth Review Originally one of the most famous jazz venues in Europe, 130 Club (formally Slow Club) now targets a younger crowd by offering electronic and house DJs, as well as weekly live hip-hop performers. Although the club has been named and renamed over the years, the space still boasts part of the original 1950s Slow Club marquee ... more
130 Rue de Rivoli
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 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
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
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.