Paris Nightlife

You haven't seen the City of Lights 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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Alcazar

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Sir Terence Conran's makeover of a 17th-century Parisian jeu de paume court features a stylish mezzanine-level bar under a greenhouse-glass...

Bar du Marché

  • Bars/Pubs

Waiters wearing red overalls and revolutionary "Gavroche" hats serve drinks every day of the week at this local institution (they demonstrate...

Chez Georges

  • Bars/Pubs

Chez Georges has been serving red wine, pastis, and beer for the past 60-odd years in pretty much the same caveau that still packs...

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

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After jump-starting the Paris cocktail bar scene, the partners behind the Experimental Cocktail Club and the Ballroom du Beef Club applied...

L'Hôtel

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The hushed baroque bar at L'Hôtel is ideal for a discreet rendezvous. Designed in typically jaw-dropping Jacques Garcia style, the hideaway...

Le Montana

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It's notoriously difficult to get past the doorman at Le Montana, a sleek club owned by French nightlife king André (Le Baron). A Studio...

Prescription Cocktail Club

  • Bars/Pubs

This club is brought to you by the owners of popular cocktail bars in London, New York, and Paris, including the Ballroom du Beef Club...

Playtime Cocktails

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The banquettes and throw pillows may mislead, but at this snug little hotel bar "playtime" means choosing according to suit (namely clubs,...

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