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Nightlife in Paris

Paris has something for everyone: from traditional ballet in the Opéra district to quaint literary bars like La Belle Hortense in the Marais district, and from the chilly Ice Kube Bar in La Chapelle to the glitzy Moulin Rouge Caberet in Montmartre. The Champs Elysées abounds with sophisticated nightclubs like the VIP Room and L'Arc. Underground music is played out in Paris' 10th, 11th and 20th arrondissements. Most bars close at 2am, clubs open until 5am.

Kong, Paris. Photo by Patricia Bailer, courtesy of Kong
1

Ice Kube Bar

Funky ice bar

France's first Ice Kube Bar, inside the ultra-trendy Kube hotel in the Goutte d'Or district, is the place to go for a fun drink in sub-zero temperatures. Dressed in woolly clothes, enjoy vodka shots at -5°C for 30 minutes.



Address

Kube hotel, 1-5 Passage Ruelle, Paris 75018

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 42 05 20 00

Transport

Métro Porte de la Chapelle

Website

Ice Kube Bar Website

2

Hemingway Bar at the Ritz

Classy, intimate cocktail bar

Hemingway Bar at the Ritz, near place de la Concorde square, is a veritable cocoon of wooden panelling, leather armchairs and five-star service. Escape from the world outside and indulge in divine raspberry martinis, whiskies and champagnes with Paris celebrities.



Address

15, place Vendôme, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 43 16 33 65

Transport

Métro Concorde, Opéra or Tuileries

Website

Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Website

Kong, Paris. Photo by Patricia Bailer, courtesy of Kong
3

Kong

Manga-themed bar restaurant

On top of the Kenzo building in Châtelet, Kong, with its kitsch Japanese Manga-themed interior designed by Philippe Starck, is a magnet for Paris' hip crowd. Come to sip elegant cocktails, listen to live DJs and dine upstairs.



Address

1, rue du Pont Neuf, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 40 39 09 00

Transport

Métro Pont Neuf

Website

Kong Website

4

La Belle Hortense

Literary wine bar

In the heart of the Marais district, La Belle Hortense is an atmospheric literary café frequented by cool arty types and wine lovers. Read a book from their library, sample fine wines and snack on cheese and cold meat platters.



Address

31, rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 75004

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 48 04 74 60

Transport

Métro St-Paul

Website

La Belle Hortense Website

5

Mezzanine Bar at Alcazar

Pre-club cocktails

The trendy Mezzanine Bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter is the place to go for lip-smacking cocktails before going on to a club. Grab a table overlooking the downstairs restaurant and tap your toes to pop, funk, jazz, R&B and even opera.



Address

62, rue Mazarine, Paris 75006

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 53 10 19 99

Transport

Métro Odéon

Website

Alcazar Website

L'Arc, Paris. Courtesy of L'Arc
6

L'Arc

Dinner and dancing

L'Arc is a chic city-centre night club where Paris' beautiful people and the occasional international celebrity come to party. Dance and sip cocktails to the sound of disco, Electro and pop. There is a French restaurant for dining in beforehand.



Address

12, rue de Presbourg, Paris 75116

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 45 00 78 70

Transport

Métro Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile

Website

L'Arc Website

VIP Room, Paris. Courtesy of VIP Room
7

VIP Room

Celebrity spotting club

Jean Roch's famous VIP Room nightclub on the Rue de Rivoli attracts a moneyed crowd and big celebrities - both Take That and Madonna have launched albums here. Expect superstar DJs and dress up for the occasion.



Address

188 bis, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75008

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 58 36 46 00

Transport

Métro Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, Tuileries.

Website

VIP Room Website

8

Cab

VIP club and restaurant

Cab is a sophisticated club-restaurant in an accessible spot by the Louvre. Here, a select crowd parties to 70s and 80s revival tunes, modern pop and R&B. Dine in the restaurant beforehand for free access to the club.



Address

2, place du Palais Royal, Paris 75001

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 58 62 56 25

Transport

Métro Palais-Royal Musée-du-Louvre

Website

Cab Website

9

Batofar

Floating dancefloor

Music fans flock to the Batofar - a fun, converted barge in the up-and-coming Bibliothèque Nationale quarter. It plays an eclectic mix of sound which ranges from electro, house, techno and jazz to funk, rock, soul and indie music.



Address

11, quai François Mauriac, Paris 75013

Telephone

+33 (0) 9 71 25 50 61

Transport

Métro Bibliothèque or Quai de la Gare.

Website

Batofar Website

Showcase, Paris. Photo by Hacine Brahimi, courtesy of Showcase
10

Showcase

Clubbing in boat hangars

Showcase is the venue to be seen in. It's a unique nightclub inside old boat hangars, under the Champs Elysées' Alexandre III bridge, with views over the Seine. Join Paris' glitterati as they're entertained by DJs and live bands.



Address

Pont Alexandre III, Paris 75007

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 45 61 25 43

Transport

Métro Invalides or Champs Elysées Clémenceau

Website

Showcase Website

Nouveau Casino, Paris. Photo by Philippe Levy, courtesy of Nouveau Casino
11

Nouveau Casino

Vibrant performances

The Nouveau Casino in Oberkampf is considered by some as the epitome of hyper-hip counterculture. In a former cinema adjacent to the Café Charbon, it holds regular live music concerts by some of today's most off-beat bands.



Address

109, rue Oberkampf, Paris 75011

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 43 57 57 40

Transport

Métro Parmentier or Ménilmontant

Website

Nouveau Casino Website

The Paradis Latin cabaret, Paris. Courtesy of Paradis Latin, © Paradis Latin
12

Paradis Latin

Old-school cabaret

The Paradis Latin cabaret performs its glamorous show to an audience of locals, tourists and VIPs in a historic venue designed by Gustave Eiffel. Prices are steep, but this once-in-a-lifetime experience combines old-style glamour with the sparkle of traditional cabaret.



Cost

€85-€179

Opening Hours

Wed-Mon dinner 8pm; show 9.30pm

Address

28, rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 75005

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 43 25 28 28

Transport

Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Jussieu

Website

Paradis Latin Website

13

New Morning

Cool jazz

New Morning, near Gare de l'Est train station, is a must for jazz fans. Not only does it feel like a den only insiders know about, its live bands perform excellent variations of modern, experimental and classical jazz.



Address

7-9, rue des Petites Ecuries, Paris 75010

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 45 23 51 41

Transport

Metro Château d'Eau.

14

Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Glitzy Can Can

World-famous Moulin Rouge Cabaret, immortalised by Toulouse-Lautrec is still here in Montmartre, the only place in Paris where you can see the real Can Can. Opt for dinner to get the best seats. Revues begin nightly at 9pm and 11pm.



Address

82, boulevard de Clichy, Paris 75018

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 53 09 82 82

Transport

Métro Blanche

Website

Moulin Rouge Website

The front of Paris' Palais Garnier. Photo Nick Breckenfield © Whatsonwhen
15

Opéra Garnier

Traditional ballet

The natural lake beneath the Belle-Époque Garnier Palace in the Opéra district inspired Leroux to write Phantom of the Opera. Reserve tickets early at Opéra Garnier to see classics performed by France's national ballet and contemporary dances by visiting troupes.



Address

Palais Garnier, place de l'Opéra, Paris 75009

Telephone

+33 (0) 1 72 29 35 35

Transport

Métro Opéra

Website

Opéra Garnier Website

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