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Nightlife Districts in Paris

Certainly, party venues are to be found throughout the city but still, some districts are packed with bars, clubs or cafés to enjoy Paris’ nocturnal atmosphere. Here is an overview of popular nightlife districts in Paris.

Le Marais

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In the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the Marais neighborhood is known for its great offer of nightlife venues, especially for the many gay and lesbian clubs and bars such as Le Tango. But there is something for anyone!

As the main Jewish neighborhood of Paris, you can find several restaurants or snack-bars in the area, for example L’As du Fallafel selling the best Fallafel of Paris! Why not grab a snack before spending a cool night at the CUD Bar? This bar is mostly frequented from the early morning on since party people come from other clubs to enjoy the rest of the night at the CUD which makes it one of the most popular late-night spots in the Marais. Enjoy dancing to pop and house music but be careful if you don’t want people to get too close – it’s going to get hot in there!

If you want to spend a more relaxed night, try the Lizard Lounge. They sell American food like burgers and pancakes in a stone cave. There is a dancefloor where you can dance to house, hip-hop and funk music and you can enjoy small live gigs on Sundays.

Latin Quarter & St-Germain

In this area, 5th and 6th arrondissement, are popular because of the old-established cafés such as the Café de Flore or the Café Mabillon where Parisians love to have dinner and drink a glass of wine. Still, especially the Latin Quarter offers a lot of restaurants, pubs and bars since it has been the students’ district for ages. Thus, this area is perfect for those who wish to spend a relaxed night over a couple of drinks in cosy bars. For example, there is the Cavern Club – an old English pub. Or what about the vaults such as the Caveau de la Huchette? In any case, you will certainly find a cool location around Rue Mouffetard and Place de la Contrescapre! Just have a look around and pick the bar you like.

Montmartre & Pigalle

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When you’re in Paris don’t miss this neighborhood. It does not only offer the world-famous cabaret the Moulin Rouge but much more. Since Pigalle is one of the red-light districts of Paris, this is one of the trendy nightlife districts in Paris – a very lively area at night with bars, concert halls and clubs. For instance, you can find venues like La Boule Noire where you can enjoy rock music. La Machine du Moulin Rouge combines a bar, a club and a live venue on three floors. The main dancefloor used to be the Moulin Rouge’s boiler room – unusual interior guaranteed!

Learn more about Montmartre here!

Bastille

An area playing an important part in European history, this neighborhood used to be home to the families of craftsmen and turned into a trendy area in the 1990s. There is something for everyone – no matter what kind of music you’re into. For example, you can spend your night at a cool bar such as the Wild West bar Red House with its rustic interior and its selection of rock, punk, funk and electro music. Or why don’t you try Le Réservoir? Listen to soul, jazz, latino, rock or French pop music! Dining, dancing or just having a drink – do what you feel like! On weekends, you can even join the jazz brunch.

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République & Oberkampf

At some point, the Bastille neighborhood was “replaced” by République and Oberkampf, meaning that it is now one of the trendiest nightlife districts in Paris. You can find all kinds of nightlife venues there. Do you feel like relaxing in one of the armchairs or cozy sofas in Le 114 listening to rock and pop music? Their slogan says everything: “It’s just like home, but better.”

Le Bric à Brac attracts a young and cosmopolite target group fond of hip-hop and electro music. Why don’t you go there for a drink during their happy hour from 6 to 9PM? In the afternoon, customers can use the small library or watch projections of documentaries.

On top of that, the concert venue Nouveau Casino is known for the city’s liveliest club nights. So, what are you waiting for? Join the fun!

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Top 10 Bars in Paris

Whether you are a lover of wine, jazz music, tapas, beer or any other things, these Top 10 bars in Paris will certainly meet your expectations! We sorted different themes so that you will find the best bars in each category. Ready, thirsty… Go!

1. Wine Bar: Chez Nous

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Our Top 10 bars in Paris start with this little wine lover paradise which offers many types of wine, be they white or red. Putting forward small producers and biological agriculture, it also offers refined meals to go with the wines, within a rustic but charming decoration!

 

Two other suggestions

  • The Frenchie, to discover vineyards from all over the world!
  • L’Ecluse, offering Bordeaux wines along with a delicious meal!

 

2. Playful Bar: Le Nid – Cocon Ludique

This 3rd arrondissement playful bar offers more than 500 board games, so that you will always have a good time! There is also a shop in which you can buy games that suit all ages, and some events are organised each week to assure a very joyful atmosphere!

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3. Cocktail Bar : Le Syndicat

If you are eager to taste original cocktails with rare types of alcohols and unexpected merges, here is the perfect bar for you. It remarkably manages to bring old and French alcohols up to date, and the atmosphere is always welcoming. So go to the 10th arrondissement right now!

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4. Tapas Bar/Planches: L’Atelier Saisonnier

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Located in the 9th, this bar is renowned for its delightful “palettes”, made of charcuterie and French cheese. Moreover, all the products are local or bio, so that enjoying some French tapas won’t make you feel guilty anymore! And don’t miss the chance to create your own salad or taste their homemade dishes.

Two other suggestions

  • Chez Mil’a, a very welcoming tapas bar!
  • The Sourire, for sophisticated French tapas!

 

5. Dance Bar/Club : The Cavern Club

If you want to party and taste great cheap cocktails at the same time, go to this 6th arrondissement bar. There is also a room downstairs in which there are concerts and DJs during the week-end !

Two other suggestions

  • The Café Oz, the place to be for DJ and concert nights!
  • Bar III, the perfect mix of cocktail & tapas bars and night clubs!

 

6. Unusual Bar : The Ice Kube Bar

This 18th arrondissement hotel bar will freeze you: you will have to put a warm coat on to endeavour into this ice bar which will delight you with its vodka cocktails! That is an experience you really should try out!

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7. Jazz Bar : Le Duc des Lombards

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One of the most famous Paris jazz clubs, this bar is in the core of the 1st arrondissement, full of other jazz clubs which will dive you into a very pleasant musical atmosphere. Jazz artists often play there and when they do their “boeufs”, you certainly don’t want to miss that!

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8. Beer Bar : La Fine Mousse

top 10 bars in parisLocated in the 11th, this bar is specialized in French and international handmade beers, and it sometimes organizes workshops to get acquainted with beer tasting. It is also a restaurant in which you will be taught how to match your beer with your meal!

 

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9. Terrace Bar : Brasserie d’Auteuil

A rooftop terrace bar, this “brasserie” is decorated in a vegetal and relaxing style, and its cocktail bar will undoubtedly make you feel comfy ! Located in the 16th, its Italian food won’t leave you unpleased either!

Two other suggestions

  • Le Perchoir Marais, at the top of the BHV store, with a view on the Marais!
  • La Sardine, a colorful terrace bar with many good tapas to taste!

 

10. If you feel homesick: The Moose Bar

This sports bar ends our Top 10 bars in Paris. Fitted with many screens to enable you to follow your sport matches while having a drink, its Canadian food will also delight your palate, and the joyful atmosphere will bring you back to North America!

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10 Things to Do in Paris

When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.

 

1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

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A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!

Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)

 

2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers

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For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!

L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60 

 

3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company

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The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.

Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com

 

4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse

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Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!

Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.

Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)

 

5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris

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For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.

Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)

Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)

Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)

 

6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre

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The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.

 

7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais

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A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!

 

8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris

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To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.

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Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)

Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)

 

9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower

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The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.

 

10. Have French Pastries

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Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.

Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)

Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)

 

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Cocktail Bars In Paris

From outstanding classics to elaborate concoctions, the Cocktail Bars in Paris know how to rock, sway and produce some of the best cocktails into the wee hours of the morning. We’ve picked out the unrivaled ones that have consistently impressed us with their alcoholic elixirs. So many bars to try, so little time, and that’s why precisely you can rely on this list of the best cocktail bars in Paris.

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1.  La Candeleria – Experimental Cocktail Bar

In the heart of Marais is a trailblazer of the Parisian underground spots. An antechamber leads to the cocktail bar which also serves delicious taqueria. Access to the main bar is through a small back door after crossing past where delicious tacos sizzle. With an amazing ambiance and with a warm decor of stone, colorful, soft, cushions and fake animal skins, you can try out new drinks. These new concoctions include spicy blends, like their timeless classic, the “Wasp Verte” (Blanco Ocho tequila infused with chilli, cucumber, cilantro, agave, lime) will sure shot make you feel special.

Candelaria

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris

2. Le Prescription Cocktail Club

Has both a downstairs bar, and an upstairs bar. The downstairs bar is the perfect place to sit on the stools and watch the bartenders mix drinks. The upstairs has a second bar hidden behind a bookshelf to cater to the bigger crowds on busier nights. Listed under World’s Best Bars 2012, the cocktail list is one of the most spectacular. The drinks are inventive, inspired, and occasionally experimental. The classics exist but it’s the house drinks that are the true heart of this bar. You must try the Gin Gin Mule and you’ll see why we recommend it. It is a wonderful cozy cocktail bar in style : dark, candlelit, soul music, speakeasy vibe, prohibition typeface, bearded hipster bartenders in vests. Too much!

Prescription Cocktail Club

23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris

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3. Little Red Door

It is easy to miss this cocktail bar when you’re walking down the street. There isn’t a sign for it, just literally a red door that you enter through. Needless to say, it has an underground vibe to it. The drinks are very much in synchronization with mixology trends with interesting and unanticipated flavors. Little Red Door is a fun, cute, little “speakeasy” cocktail bar on a street in the 3rd Arr.

Little Red Door Cocktail Bar

60 rue Charlot, 75003 PARIS

4. Le Syndicat

A place with a simple doorway, but inside is full of contemporary decor and staff who are very friendly and helpful. The cocktails are splendid. The best part is they use local French stuff rather than imported. Indulge in an aperitif before dinner and you wouldn’t regret it. Worth a detour to Le Syndicat! You can find people from all the ages – eclectic with a school vibe. Definitely recommended.

Le Syndicat

51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris

5. Le Baton Rouge

As the name indicates the ideas, style, and taste come from Baton Rouge and the place is sprinkled with enchanting decor  of wood and voodoo objects. Let yourself try different spirits such as Rye and Bourbon at and don’t forget to taste the “Mojito Criollo” composed of rum, fresh lime juice, fresh mint and red wine. Otherwise for some truly original flavors, opt for the “Milk Pelican” based on Bourbon Supreme Denoix, maple syrup with Cajun spices, organic egg yolk, milk and nutmeg. They also have a  signature cocktail Baton Rouge ” with Cognac, Cherry liqueur, Absinthe and Champagne.

Le Baton Rouge

62 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris

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6. Lulu White

Listed on World’s Best Bars of 2014. The décor and drinks have a creative edge and the music is appealing. The music is mostly swing, jazz and electronic French music.  Make sure you try their take on the Sazerac (a New Orleans staple); the Knock On Wood is a mix of French brandy, réserve Jean de Lillet, salt syrup, Peychauds bitters and a dash of absinthe. Lulu takes good care of you and plays live music on Tuesday especially if you’re the one who loves to go out often early in the week, it could be a nice bet. If you like Jazz, Blues, or Contemporary Folk, Lulu’s Live Evenings are enthused with a strong music theme.

Lulu White

12 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris

7. La Famille

With their signature mojitos and their foie gras as sumptuous as heaven, this bar is highly recommended. Eclectic vibe. Intimate character. The drink arrives at the table, garnished with wacky decorations like a syringe of peach liqueur, built on a base of Caipirinha and suffused with strawberry and Espelette pepper, basil and mango or pear and tarragon. Quite interesting!

La Famille

41 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris

8. L’Embuscade

A floor of tiles, red and black walls, and an amazing homemade red beer that we particularly like, produced in Paris microbrewery The Whale, at an unbeatable price. At this cocktail bar, the quantities served are generous. Oh, and on Friday’s, there is free couscous!

L’embuscade

31 Rue de Crussol, 75011 Paris
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9. La Mezcaleria

Full of gold and blue tones, this bar embraces its South American culture, but it conveniently located in the Marais district. Enter the 1K hotel, head to the restaurant and then to the kitchen door. Yes, through the kitchens before pushing the heavy velvet curtain behind which hides this very nice mezcal bar. One of the top spots on the Parisian speakeasy map. La Mezcaleria Bar serves Mescal, an alcoholic drink straight from the high, dry desert areas of Mexico, made by fermenting and distilling agave juice. Known as the “forefather of tequila“, its smoky flavor and uplifting effects have been enjoyed for generations.

La Mezcaleria

13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris

10. Signature Bar by Grant’s

There are five artistic themes that were placed in various rooms throughout the building. These themes include “On the Road” which is illustrated by the motorcycles, side cars, and even workers placed around to take the customers pictures. Another theme is called “L S’tnarg”, and is represented by the tables and chairs that are glued to the ceiling. If you are interested in Paris nightlife, but looking for something other than discotheques and nightclubs, than Signature Bar by Grant’s is the place for you. With its stylish decor and casual feel, this bar creates a perfect balance between fun and fancy. Read more here!

Signature Bar By Grant’s

159 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris

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Signature Bar by Grant’s

If you are interested in Paris nightlife, but looking for something other than discotheques and nightclubs, than Signature Bar by Grant’s is the place for you. With its stylish decor and casual feel, Signature Bar by Grant’s creates a perfect balance between fan and fancy.

The Ambiance

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The entry way is large and reminiscent of the days when horse-drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation. As soon as you enter the building, you walk into a large room, decorated like a classic French garden.

The sheer size of the venue is not evident before entry, but in fact it included two floors, multiple different rooms, terraces, and even an area for live music.

This central “French garden” room is open to smokers, yet didn’t feel suffocating like usual French “smoking rooms”, due to the fact that there was no ceiling, much like an atrium.

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The Decor

When we arrived on the day of the opening the decor was extremely stylish, with 5 artistic themes that were place in various rooms throughout the building. These themes included “On the Road” which was illustrated by the motorcycles, side cars, and even workers placed around to take the customers pictures.

Another theme that was evident in Signature Bar by Grant’s was called “L S’tnarg”, and was represented by the tables and chairs that were glued to the ceiling. It was as if you could have walked up the walls and sat upside-down, they were so casually assembled.

The Location

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Upon entering Signature Bar by Grant’s in Paris, it is clear why it was necessary for us to make a reservation ahead of time. This place is definitely one cool bar to visit in Paris.

Located not far from the Gare-du-Nord, at 159 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris. It’s right next to the Seine River, making it easy to get to using public transportation.

After arriving at 8 p.m. , the bar and building was already filled with people looking to enjoy the live music and sublime ambiance.

Things to Keep in Mind

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  •  The lines to go upstairs, however, were extremely long and to avoid exceeding maximum capacity on the balconies. So get there early before the crowds start rolling in.
  • The security was very affective, but there was no evident place to check your jacket or coat. If you have one, be sure to keep it with you, as pickpockets are everywhere in Paris.
  • There is a cover fee, and reservations are sometimes required. Be sure to call ahead of time to make sure, it would be a shame to be turned away from this awesome bar.

 

 

 

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