Batofar

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
Batofar 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. Paris France 48.832224 2.379527
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Batofar - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Paris.
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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... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    14: Bibliothèque Fr. Mitterrand

  • Phone:

    Restaurant: 01 53 60 17 00
    Bar: 09 71 25 50 61

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: Tu–Sa 12:30–2:30pm and 7:30–11pm
    Bar: Variable schedule depending on concerts, usually Tu–Su 6pm–4am (April–October only)
    The Beach: M–F noon–2am, Sa 6pm–2am, Su 11:30am–midnight (summer only)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Batofar Review

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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.

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 a consistently good schedule of international DJs and bands.

The club’s location in an isolated harbor doesn’t deter its devoted international and alternative crowd, which gathers in full force to party on the river.

On board, patrons explore the many levels of this historic boat, wandering to the upper deck for a breath of fresh air in fine weather or descending to the bars, seating areas, and dance floors on the main and lower levels.

Since Batofar is an actual boat, space can be tight, from the low ceilings and cramped corners to the rather compact facilities – but none of that stops the energetic crowd from filling up every nook and cranny.

Known for its parties that never stop, Batofar offers a unique, late-night international club scene sure to entertain any enthusiast of music and dancing.

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Tip from Jonah:

Spend some time on the upper level where conversation is easier and flows more freely. For some concerts, there is an even larger crowd on the banks of the river, so you might want to hop off for a while and see what’s happening shore-side.

  • Crowd

    In-the-know music lovers, dance fiends, hard-partying types, unpretentious clubbers, and anyone unafraid of getting rowdy in tight spaces, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bands and DJs play mostly electronic music, with a varied mix of hip-hop, R&B, blues-rock, soul, jazz, disco, metal, reggae, and dancehall thrown in.

    There are also open workshops, courses, and meetings, as well as creations from ongoing artists in residence. Check the website for a schedule and ticket information.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small but varied menu including steak béarnaise, fillet of sea bass à la plancha, and cheeseburger.

  • Prices

     

    Appetizers €5–€9, entrees €14–€18, desserts €7. Beer and wine €7+.

    Cover charge for club €5 M–Th, Su and €10–€14 F–Sa. Ladies free before 1am Tu–W. Ticket prices vary; check venue website for details. 

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday and Wednesday nights before 1am to take advantage of the free entrance for ladies.

Batofar User Reviews

Average rating:
THE Partyboat in Paris
Sara K. Jun 11, 2013
Loved the layout of the Batofar.. large roomy terrace for talking and smoking in the moonlight, comfortable waiting area for the restrooms and downstairs was like a Detroit rave party! Granted, I was there to see a Detroit DJ, but the atmosphere and the bar lights and the dancefloor were perfectly tailored to the music. Drinks were not too expensive, although maybe a tad weak. Bartenders were friendly and attentive and you could tell they were having just as much fun as you! I will definitely go back.
Cool venue, lame location
Natalie M. Aug 23, 2012
This is definitely a place worth going mainly to see it; it is really cool that it's on a boat, that there is a mini-aquarium downstairs, and a pretty poppin' dance floor in the bottom, although that won't go down til way late, so don't show up too early. The deck gets cold but is refreshing after the stiflingly hot dance floor, and it's fun to mingle at the bar. Unfortunately, it is also far far away from anything else fun. Drinks are very expensive as per usual in France, so we went on a mission to walk somewhere and get some outside booze and had to walk reeeally far to a random convenience store for some wine. We got to watch some fire throwers practicing on the banks of the river before going in, and the DJ on the ship was good (with some cool imagery on screens behind and in front of his booth), but the people there were typically pretentious Parisians who snubbed us American tourists, and the boat is really not very big, so once you make the rounds once you're kind of done.
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