Paris Nightlife

You haven't seen the City of Light until you've seen the city at night. Throngs pour into popular streets, filling the air with the melody of engaged conversation and clinking glasses. This is when locals let down their hair and reveal their true bonhomie, laughing and dancing, flirting and talking. Parisians love to savor life together: they dine out, drink endless espressos, offer innumerable

toasts, and are often so reluctant to separate that they party all night.

Parisians go out weekends and weeknights, late and early. They tend to frequent the same places once they've found spots they like: it could be a wine bar, a corner café, a hip music club, or, more and more, a chic cocktail bar in an out-of-the-way neighborhood. A wise way to spend an evening is to pick an area in a neighborhood that interests you, then give yourself time to browse. Parisians also love to bar-hop, and the energy shifts throughout the evening, so be prepared to follow the crowds.

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Raidd Bar

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The ever-popular Raidd has a darker downstairs bar and potent drinks. The men are hot, and so is the steamy shower show presented after...

Saint James Club Paris

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Like a library room out of Harry Potter, the bar at the Saint James Club Paris—complete with 5,000 leather-bound volumes and a cozy...

Sherry Butt

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On a quiet street close to the Bastille, Sherry Butt's relaxed loftlike atmosphere, imaginative drinks, whiskey flights, and tasty bar...


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Nestled under the arches of the golden Pont Alexandre III, Showcase takes the gold medal for best location. The sleekly cavernous dance...


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David Lynch named his nightclub after a reference in his Oscar-nominated hit, Mulholland Drive. Silencio, which hosts concerts, films,...

So What!

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This happening lesbian bar in the heart of the gay district welcomes all comers (including small groups of men). The DJ in the tiny basement...


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Carefully safeguarding its dance-hall origins, Tango lures a friendly mixed crowd of gays, lesbians, and "open-minded" heteros. Late-night...

The Hemingway Bar & the Ritz Bar

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Literature lovers, cocktail connoisseurs, and other drink-swilling devotees drew a collective sigh when the iconic Hemingway Bar &...

VIP Room

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Although it's no longer on the Champs-Élysées, this temple of bling still attracts hot DJs, beautiful people, and—VIPs! Check the...

Zig Zag

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One of the city's newer venues, Zig Zag has a state-of-the-art sound system, a glam location, and a riotous dance floor with room for...