Party Earth Review Masterminded and designed by famed filmmaker David Lynch, Club Silencio – named for the theater featured in Mulholland Drive – is a stunning and ultra-exclusive nightclub/bar/concert venue/whatever-eccentric-show-Lynch... ... read full review
142 Rue Montmartre
3: Bourse, Sentier; 8, 9: Grands Boulevards
01 40 13 12 32
Tu–Su 6pm–6am; Members only before midnight except for special one-off events
Les Halles / Rivoli - 1er / 2eme, Paris –
Masterminded and designed by famed filmmaker David Lynch, Club Silencio – named for the theater featured in Mulholland Drive – is a stunning and ultra-exclusive nightclub/bar/concert venue/whatever-eccentric-show-Lynch-has-in-mind-tonight kind of place.
Once past a small sign and down six dim flights of stairs, international scenesters find themselves in an ornate bunker with low-lit retro banquettes, irregular wood walls, and a range of intimate spaces.
Tunnels embossed in geometric gold-leaf panels – reportedly painted by the same artists who maintain the Statue of Liberty’s torch – lead to a long lounge area, which proceeds further past a library and a golden bar where celebrities sip rare wines and fashion models share innovative cocktails with famous writers and powerful executives.
A second, copper-plated bar can also be found in one of the five rooms that make up this crazy Lynchdom, as well as a smoking room where cultured artists puff their Gitanes, a mini-cinema that hosts movies as wonderfully weird as the club’s owner, and a performance stage backing a brilliantly reflective dance floor.
Primarily a members-only establishment, the venue opens to the public after midnight, but the public certainly doesn’t mean everyone. After all, the place was expressly created to bring together the best and the brightest in the arts, so those who don’t fit the bill – or at least don’t look like they can afford the bill – are left in the cold as the intellectually rich and the just plain rich descend to dance the night away to top DJs.
There’s definitely plenty of partying going on at Club Silencio, but for the lucky few who make it into this subterranean den, it’s far more than a bar with dancing and entertainment – it’s a window into Lynch’s mind.
Even if you aren’t a smoker, it’s worth checking out the smoking room. It’s full of sculptures of crooked trees and stunning two-way mirrors that make the room look like it goes on forever. And the crowd being what it is, chances are good tobacco won’t be the only thing burning in here.
Actors, musicians, painters, models, executives, scenesters, literary and other creative types, the elite, the bon vivant, the in-the-know, the who’s who, the wealthy, the warped, the classy, and the uniquely crass with money to burn, late 20s+.
Themes vary every week but include a stellar line-up of culture and entertainment that goes way beyond eclectic, with everything from contortionists and burlesque to more traditional music concerts and film screenings.
Unless invited, non-members cannot access these events, though there’s still plenty to see, hear, and experience after midnight, including some of the world’s top visiting DJs.
A constantly redesigned menu of finger food and assorted bar snacks available till close. Tough door policy.
Usually no cover charge except for special events. Bar snacks €12–€17. Beer €10–€12, wine €13–€67/glass or €68–€478/bottle, spirits and liqueurs €12–€35, cocktails €14–€18.
Membership €420/year or €35/month (under 30 and foreigners), €780/year or €65/month (regular), €1,500/year or €125/moth (premium).
Creative twists on dress to impress: plenty of Armani and diamonds, though style and flair count for more, including vintage crews, classy designer suits, understated blazers, pleated mini dresses, mesh cropped sweaters, caterpillar tanks, sheer prints, parachute bodices, thigh-high boots.
Fridays and Saturdays for a real clubbing atmosphere with top international DJs, though there is guaranteed to be something to whet the appetite any night, especially for members.
Located right upstairs (though still below ground), Silencio’s sister establishment, Social Club (142 Rue Montmartre), can be somewhat easier to get into and has one of the capital’s leading line-ups of DJs and live acts, and a suitably sleek design to match.