Night life In Paris
When planning an evening out in Paris, it is more important to decide where to go than what to do. The Champs-Elysees and Trocadero areas are full of tourists and overpriced nightspots, but if wishing to impress, may be worth considering.
Pigalle is the seedy sex centre of Paris but home to some good music venues and the Moulin Rouge cabaret, where the cancan is still performed. Montmartre is heaving in summer but the views over Paris from Sacre-Coeur are unbeatable.
Bastille is buzzing with bars and clubs but is a bit too hectic for some. The best area for an evening's café-hopping is the Marais district, (also the centre of the gay scene), closely followed by the increasingly fashionable Oberkampf, which suits a younger crowd.
One night in a Cabaret
28, Cardinal Lemoine 75005 Paris - T. : 01 43 25 28 28
Metro : Cardinal Lemoine
116 bis, ave des Champs Elysees 75008 Paris - T: 40 76 56 10
Metro station: George V
Show times: 22h and Midnight daily.
Place Blanche, 18th arrondissement - T: 46 06 00 19
Metro station: Blanche
Show times: Dinner dance at 20h, shows at 22h and Midnight daily.
Crazy Horse Saloon
12, ave. George V 75008 Paris _ Tel: 01 47 23 32 32 ;
Metro station: Alma Marceau
Show times: 21h30 - 23h30 daily; 20h , 22h30 and 00h30 Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
One night at the Opera
Paris is an opera city, so it should come as no surprise that getting tickets to the two main venues, the Opera de la Bastille and the Opéra Garnier, can be difficult on short notice. It's a good idea to plan ahead.
Get a list of night performances , T: 08-36-69-78-68
Opera Garnier & Opera Bastille
Night Bar & lounge
Barfly - 49, av. George-V Paris 8
Buddha Bar - 8, Boissy dAnglas Paris 8
Colette - 213, St-Honore Paris 1
La Baraque - 102, de Charonne Paris 11
La Cantine du Faubourg - 105, du Faubourg Saint-Honore Paris 8
La Mezzanine de l'Alcazar - 62, Mazarine Paris 6
Le Cabaret - 2, place du Palais-Royal Paris 2
Le Cafe Divan - 60, de la Roquette Paris 11
Le Pershing Hall - 49, Pierre Charron Paris 8
Le Tanjia - 23, de Ponthieu Paris 8
Les Bains - 7, du Bourg lAbbe Paris 3
L'Etoile - 12, de Presbourg Paris 16
Lounge Bar - 1, place de la Bastille Paris 4
Nirvana - 4, avenue Matignon Paris 8
Nobu Bar - 15, Marbeuf Paris 8
Discotheque and Night Club
Paris's night clubs tend to be both expensive and exclusive - if you know someone who knows the ropes, you'll have an easier time getting through the door. Many night venues host a specific soiree on a given night of the week, so the party-hearty crowd is no longer faithful to just one club, for information about dates, look out for flyers in bars.
Techno, house, garage and latino are the popular sounds. Bouncers frequently turn potential punters away and many of the smarter clubs are (or claim to be) private. There is no sure way of gaining admission, although being foreign, dressed identically to everyone inside, accompanied by a regular or simply beautiful helps. Admission prices (usually about the Euros 15) often include one free drink. Clubs open at about 2300 and tend not to close until dawn; it is coolest to arrive around 0300, or at least after midnight.
Select Night Club
Les Bains - 7 Bourg-l'Abbe 75003 Paris - T : 0148870180
Monkey Club (Le) - 65-67, Pierre Charron 75008 Paris - T : 0158562051
Le Vip Room - 76/78, avenue des Champs Elysees 75008 Paris - T : 0156691669
L'Etoile - 12, Presbourg 75016 Paris - T : 0145007870
Le Cabaret - 2, place du Palais Royal 75001 Paris - T : 0158625625
House ElectroTechno Night Club
Le Rex - 5, boulevard Poissonnière 75002 Paris - T : 0142362883
Wagg (Le) - 62 Mazarine 75006 Paris - T : 0155422200
Top DJs play house tunes at Le Queen, 102 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th, a gay club still considered the best club in Paris. Thursday and Saturday is gay only, with drag queens in profusion; Monday is Disco Inferno - time to get the flares out.
102 av, des Champs Elysees 75008 Paris - T : 0153890890
Le Folie's Pigalle - 11, place Pigalle75009 Paris - T : 0148782526
Le Gibus - 18, rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris - T : 0147007888
Le Batofar - 11 quai Francois Mauriac 75013 Paris
L'Enfer - 34 rue du Depart 75015 Paris - T : 0142799453
Le Scorp - 25, boulevard Poissonniere 75002 Paris - T : 0140262830
Les Planches - 40 Colisee 75008 Paris - T : 0142251168
Le Buddha Bar - 8, Boissy d'Anglas 75008 Paris - T : 0153059009
Le Bus Palladium - 6 Fontaine 75009 Paris - T : 0153210733
Le Hammam Club - 94 d'Amsterdam 75009 Paris - T : 0155078000
La Casbah - 18 de la Forge Royale75011 Paris - T : 0143710439
Le Back-Up - 18, de la croix-nivert 75015 Paris - T : 0147832617
La Scène - 16 Linois 75015 Paris - T : 0145778080
La Loco - 90 bd de Clichy 75018 Paris
Le Duplex - 2 bis avenue Foch 75116 Paris - T : 0145004500
Le Wagg - 62 Mazarine 75006 Paris - T : 0155422200
One night in a stripper
Larry Flint's Hustler Club - 13-15 rue de Berri Paris 08. + 33 1 53 53 86 00
Stringfellows Cabaret of Angels - 27 av des Ternes Paris 17. + 33 1 47 66 45 00
Night life district
- Champs Elysees
- Latin Quarter
- Place de Clichy/Pigalle
The majority of public transportation stops during the night. Many of the buses stop around 20h and restart again at 6h, and others stop around midnight. As for the métro, the hours vary, but in general the last métro departs from the beginning of the line around 0h30. The first train leaves around 5h30 in the morning.
The hours of the first and the last train are posted in each station.
There exists a night bus, called the noctambus, which runs all night with a departure every hour from 1H30 to 5H30. These buses connect the center of the city, leaving from Chatelet, with the various entrances to the city. The night buses are more expensive than the normal day buses. The Noctambus stops whenever you want, at any point along its route.