Paris has a fascinating nightlife scene that not only includes exclusive nightclubs; you may also find some posh and very fashionable bars worth visiting. Find below our top night-bars in Paris.
Paris is known as the City of Light, but it might as well be called the City of Night considering the assortment of Paris nightlife areas. Tons of beautiful blocks in this town offer rows of venues that keep the party going late into the night, from budget-friendly student bars to collections of some of the priciest clubs in Europe.
It’s certainly true that the broad, tree-lined sidewalks, bustling outdoor cafés, glittering architecture, and important historical sites along Avenue des Champs-Élysées are packed with tourists by day, but this self-proclaimed (and hardly argued) “most beautiful avenue in the world” is also home to several high-end clubs that attract young and stylish Parisians, international jet-setters, and socialites into their sultry embrace.
This former brothel is now one of the coolest and fanciest nightspots in the city. The door policy is stringent (come dressed well!), and the tables inside are mainly reserved for VIPs, but the show (live band or DJ) starts at 11, and you can dance the night away here with style.
Part of the Cité de la Mode et du Design complex, on the river in the 13th, Nüba occupies most of the top floor and commands panoramic views over the Seine. As well as its huge terrace, decorated like a summer beach club (with its colorful picnic tables and iconic burger truck) there’s also a bunker-style indoor space. Order from a slate-stone menu or snack on Belgian fries from the new La Frite food truck.
La Flèche d’Or
More of an indie-rock place with concerts every night at 8. Clubbing starts at 11:30. With its funky decor and free entry, this place is a good bet. You can start the night with a drink across the way at Mama Shelter, interior compliments of designer Philippe Starck.
Le Folie’s Pigalle
Down the road in Pigalle (fret not, it’s cleaning up), this club holds everything from dancehall to hip-hop, from electro, techno and gay tea dances to fashion shows, strippers and go-go dancers (not all at once!), so there should be something to strike your fancy. Admission includes a free drink. Open till dawn during the week, noon on weekends.
Rue Oberkampf, on the Ménilmontant hill in the 11th arrondissement, consisted of a few rundown discount shops and seedy grocers in the mid 1990s. But then regeneration hit the streets, and it is now the home of a seemingly never-ending stream of hip new bars. The crowds spill out onto the pavement at night.
This nightspot is a combination of bar, club and concert venue, catering for all audiences. One of Paris’ more unique haunts as it is a lighthouse boat from the Irish Sea renovated into a nightclub, now planted firmly on the River Seine.
A recent addition to the Paris nightclub roster, out by Bastille, is segmented into three sections: an upstairs “secret room,” decorated like an apartment with vintage furniture; a club with an excellent sound system, a ceiling criss-crossed by electric beams, and a great live program. Come early for a cocktail and tapas at the bar, open from 7 p.m. until late every day except Monday.
In the 1970’s the Saints Pères saw everyone from Orson Welles to Gina Lollobrigida, Boris Vian to the King of Jordan pass through its doors. This mythic St. Germain club was recently reopened in 2013. Pass through its storied doors (well-dressed, of course) to find cozy little rooms and a burlesque performance on the top floor.