Paris

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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  • 1. 3W Kafé

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    3W, as in "Women With Women," is a pillar of the Paris lesbian scene. ...Read More

  • 2. Banana Café

    Louvre | Bars/Pubs

    This place draws a trendy, scantily clad mixed crowd and offers show tunes in the cellar, where dancing on tables is the norm. A very happy...Read More

  • 3. Café Cox

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Le Cox" is a prime gay pickup joint. The café is known for its live DJ sets; and the extended Sunday happy hour—from 6 pm to 2 am—is a rollicking...Read More

  • 4. Le Dépôt

    Louvre | Bars/Pubs

    A cruising bar and club, Le Dépôt has the largest back room in Europe. The ever-popular Gay Tea Dance spices up Sunday afternoon. ...Read More

  • 5. Le Duplex

    Louvre | Bars/Pubs

    Young tortured-artist types flock here to enjoy the frequent art exhibitions, alternative music, and mood-inspiring ambient lighting. ...Read More

  • 6. Open Café

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Drawing everyone from suits to punks, this spot is less of a hook-up spot than neighboring Café Cox. Relaxed and always packed, it has a disco...Read More

  • 7. Raidd Bar

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    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 11 pm...Read More

  • 8. So What!

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    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...Read More

  • 9. Tango

    Marais Quarter | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 10. Club 18

    Louvre | Dance Clubs

    This elegant spot (the oldest gay club in Paris) takes gay pride to the heart of the Louvre district on the weekends. Club 18 boasts a well...Read More

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