Paris is also called the City of Lights – and not without reason! As a city that never sleeps, there are inviting nightlife offers to be found throughout the week. Here is a short overview of things to do at night during your visit in Paris.
Nightlife Venues in Paris
Many Parisians love to hang out on the river banks of the River Seine, enjoying some wine or having a picnic. But if you prefer something out on the town, you can find all sorts of nightlife venues all over the metropole. Restaurants, various kinds of bars and pubs, clubs, cinemas, theaters… Paris has a lot to offer!
Certainly, everybody has already heard of the Moulin Rouge. But have you heard of the other cabarets such as the Lido or The Crazy Horse? Are you ready for a glamourous night out – full of sensuality and elegance?
Cabaret is not the only type of nightlife in Paris. There are a lot of well-known and rather posh clubs in Paris such as the Palais Maillot, which is known for its legendary after-work parties. Especially in summer, we recommend enjoying your night in Paris in one of the marvelous rooftop bars like at Hotel Raphael in the 16th arrondissement. You can choose a club or restaurant with a terrace as well – Wanderlust, Nuba or La Bellevilloise, to name a few.
Why not spend a night on a boat on the River Seine? For example, The Flow combines a restaurant, bar and club all opening at midnight. While this might not be the cheapest venue in Paris, it is certainly worth a visit.
If you are interested in Latin dancing, the river banks of the Seine are the place to go! You can find salsa events taking place at Tino Rossi Garden, a park on the river bank near Notre Dame Cathedral. For colder days, you can also enjoy Latin music in some clubs like L’International (5th arrondissement).
Do you prefer to discover nightlife in Paris on your own? Here are some neighborhoods that you should check out.
Certainly, there are popular nightlife venues all over the city, but each neighborhood has its own specific style. St.-Germain-des-Prés and St.-Michel are known for their jazz clubs, whereas posh and very trendy clubs like L’Arc or the Matignon find themselves around avenue Champs-Élysées.
Since it has always been a lively students’ district, the Latin Quarter has a lot of restaurants and bars to offer – for those with a medium or low budget, too. Le Marais is also worth a try as this neighborhood is enthralling with its many charming bars.
Don’t underestimate the east of Paris! The 20th arrondissement – Belleville & Ménilmontant – as well as Oberkampf, Bastille and Canal-St.-Martin offer plenty of fashionable bars and clubs for young people such as the Comptoir Général or the Favela Chic.
How to get Home
Before going out, please take note that the metros stop running from 01:00 to 05:00. There are several options of getting back home. Besides calling a taxi, you can use the night busses (Noctiliens). They run from 00:30 to 05:30. Please research the night bus service of the local transport company RATP beforehand. If you haven’t had too much to drink, you can rent a bicycle at a Velib’ station.
Here is some advice which could help you checking out the nightlife in Paris.
In some of the clubs, especially the trendy ones, you should make a reservation beforehand. You might be refused if you don’t. So just call in advance and make sure you won’t find yourself in front of closed doors.
Would you rather spend your night in a pub or a bar but you don’t want to spend too much money? No problem! A great number of them offer happy hour, take advantage!
The center of Paris is a rather safe place since there are always people in the streets and on the subways, day and night. But, don’t forget that this Paris is still a big city! As usual, you should always avoid going out alone at night. If possible, take at least one or two friends with you. Keep an eye on each other and on your belongings. Always avoid suspicious people and walk on the well-light side of the street to stay on the safe side.
Stay safe while joining the fun!