Do you have dancing shoes on your packing check-off list? Like any major city in the world, Paris has a vibrant nightlife scene. From small cozy wine bars tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city to raging nightclubs filled with loud music and lights, the scene in Paris after dark is just as exciting as it is in the daytime. As a visitor to Paris, you might be interested in learning more about your nightlife options, such as where you can go for a glass of wine or where you can go to party til dawn. Without further ‘adieu’, here are a few of the best places to go out at night in Paris:
Stolly’s is a cocktail bar that can get a little rowdy, but it is a lot of fun. Most of the crowd is made up of English speaking ex-pats who have made Paris home, but haven’t given up that American directness many native Parisians do not have. The drinks at Stolly’s are reasonably priced, you will always find someone to talk to as you sip on your gin fizz, one of their famous cocktails.
The first thing you will notice about Chez Moune when you arrive is the 1930’s decor. The bar caters to a rather specific crowd, the Parisian branché, or hipsters as we may know them. That being said everyone is welcome, especially those interested in electro-rock, dancing, and finding a nightlife spot open late. Though there is certainly a younger crowd at Chez Moune, it is free to get in and they have great drinks.
Many people will come to Paris looking for a classy nightlife location reminiscent of a scene out of “Sex and the City.” Alcazar, a bar and restaurant in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres area will fit the bill nicely. The cocktails are very well made, the food is highly rated, and it has been given a number of awards. Is it the cheapest place around? No, but you will find for classy bar and restaurant in Paris, it is reasonably priced and ideal if you are looking for a nice evening out on the town.
Le Cafe Noir
Some visitors to Paris want to stay away from bars with a heavy tourist presence and instead, eat and drink alongside the locals. Le Cafe Noir is a great choice if this is what you are looking for. It is popular with Parisian locals and most tourists do not know of its existence. Trendy is a good word to describe this establishment, but it is certainly not exclusive by any means. It is a wonderful stop day or night no matter if you are looking for a coffee or a glass of wine.
For those looking for an authentic discotheque experience, Rex Club is where you will find it. There is a big international crowd here and the techno music pumps all night long. There is almost always a constant line to get in, and the bouncers can be a bit particular about whom they let slip inside the doors. For instance, men or women in jeans and t-shirts will likely be turned away. This is more of a late night crowd, so be aware that the party does not start at the Rex Club until others have closed for the night.
Le Baron is a place where you can drink and dance among the jetsetters of Paris. In fact, for over 150 years this bar has been serving a similar crowd. On weekends it can be difficult to get into, so you might want to check it out during the week if you are itching to get inside. If you do get in, you will probably be impressed with the 1920’s decor that still features red walls, photos of nude women, and tasseled lamp shades.
There are many clubs and bars in Paris, and these are only a small number of them. It will be well worth your time to check out a few of these places when in the city, but you also shouldn’t be afraid to set out on your own and see what the city has to offer when it comes to nightlife. You will likely be pleasantly surprised.
What’s your favourite type of nightlife scene?