Party Earth Review To the unsuspecting observer, Lounge Royal Restaurant looks like just another chic eatery – not exactly a scarcity on the blocks that surround the Arc de Triomphe – but this haughty hangout is also home to a cave-like... ... read full review
2 Rue de l’Arc de Triomphe
1, 2, 6: Charles De Gaulle-Ètoile; 1: Argentine; 2: Ternes
01 45 74 92 54
M–Th noon–2pm and 6pm–midnight, F noon–2pm and 6pm–5am, Sa 6pm–5am
17eme, Paris –
To the unsuspecting observer, Lounge Royal Restaurant looks like just another chic eatery – not exactly a scarcity on the blocks that surround the Arc de Triomphe – but this haughty hangout is also home to a cave-like subterranean lounge that attracts a trendy weekend party crowd.
The chill daytime scene finds groups of ladies on a break from a Champs-Élysées shopping spree settled in on the cream-colored chairs in the restaurant, where they snack on roasted cheeses and smoked salmon salads, and maybe tip a few glasses of chilled white wine before venturing out to max the Amex at a nearby boutique.
A sparse décor creates an airy space, with bright purple walls and drapes offset by a few large flat-screens and little else, but patrons experience a stark change in the vibe once they descend into the sultry playground below.
More vampire dungeon than girly lunch locale, the basement lounge features white stone walls and long lines of red velvet chairs around dark black tables, where late on Friday and Saturday nights, cliques of classy friends congregate to pop bottles and swill fruity cocktails from the tiny bar.
As DJs spin Top 40 and house, green strobes and hidden backlights transitioning from blue to red to purple cast shadows over the sexy revelers, who dance well into the next morning. A mellow lunch, a moody lounge, and a high-octane party await at Lounge Royal Restaurant, making it a great club alternative without sacrificing style.
Even if you just treat this place as a pre-game spot, it’s hard to pass up the €69 Fiesta package available on Friday and Saturday nights, which includes a meal and open bar from 11:30pm–3am.
Trendy young professionals, cool city dwellers, groups of designer-clad ladies, upscale business types, stylish friends looking for that nice balance of swanky lounge and bumping little club, mid-20s to late 30s+.
DJs spin Top 40, hip-hop, and mainstream house well into the next morning in the downstairs lounge on Fridays and Saturdays.
Several flat-screens on both levels, including a large projector screen sometimes set up downstairs, usually tuned to news or sports during the day and music videos at night.
Menu of seasonally changing upscale French cuisine may include terrine of duck foie gras, duck confit pie, roasted beef, Scottish salmon, and several prix fixe dining packages.
Happy Hour daily 6–8pm.
Cover charge €15 (Saturday and some busy Friday nights only, otherwise no cover charge. Includes one drink). Appetizers €10–€46, entrées €16–€26, prix fixe menus €39.90–€139.
Beer €4.50+, wine €5/glass or €21–€23/bottle, cocktails €10+, bottle service €75+.
Trendy casual to dressy: designer shirts, suits, jackets, button-downs, V-necks, faux wraps, belted color-block day-dresses, stylish skirts, heels.
Friday and Saturday nights for the late-night lounge scene.
Roxanne (4 Rue de l'Arc de Triomphe) was once a private gentlemen’s club, but long ago traded in its dance poles for a DJ booth to become the charming and intimate little bar it is today.