I am going to enjoy life in Paris I know. It is so human and there is something noble in the city… It is a real city, old and fine and life plays in it for everybody to see. -Katherine Mansfield
If you have seen Midnight in Paris, you will know that there are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in Parisian night life. Here is a guide to help you find your way around so that you do not end up in some dingy bar ,and not drinking the best beer or wine available.
To start the night, here are some places that you can dine at:
1. Le Bar Long
Le Bar Long, a grand hotel bar designed by Philippe Starck that got the title of ‘artistic hotel’. Also, like its name suggests, the interior is very artsy, with a long illuminated table situated in the middle of the bar for you to sit at and sip on cocktails whilst looking out for a Parisian or Parisienne to spend the evening with.
2. Le Café Marly
The Café Marly is another grand and slightly expensive restaurant, but it is worth paying for and that is why it features on this list. Located next to the iconic Louvre glass pyramid, in the courtyard. The cafe is designed by Olivier Gagnère and Yves Taralon, it embodies a flamboyant mixture of Napoleon III, rococo gilt, and contemporary design. A perfect place to sip on wine and taste some of the French classics on their food menu. Top Tip: In the evening, models, designers and professionals come to taste the food and wine, so it's a great excuse for you dress up to the nines!
3. Candelaria (Looking For Tacos? the answer is always yes)
This next restaurant is located in a narrow street, hidden away from all the hustle and bustle. At first glance, you would think that Candelaria is just like any other fast food joint. But you would be delighted to know that Candelaria offers so much more than that. A door located at the rear end of the restaurant will lead you to a new universe. A stone-walled, evening cocktail bar with soft lighting at the back that provides character to the space and some of the best Mexican cocktails and food in Paris.
If you are looking for something more homely and personal, you could also join a local in their home through a social dining platform. With the idea of venturing out into the night already, why don’t you venture into something new like dining with a local! It will definitely give your Paris trip a nice twist.
Now, it is time to have some fun ~
4. Le Panic Room
As seen on their website, "Le Panic Room is your friend, he loves you already”. One of the key nightlife spots in Paris, The Panic Room has some of the most unusual interior, lending its walls to artists, the decorations are often changed from time to time. The latest and most hip DJs, producers and musicians go to the club and play. Sign up for the guest list on their Facebook and it will be a free entry for you 🙂
5. Les Souffleurs
Les Souffleurs, is a Berlin-inspired gay bar and club, with fabulously styled bartenders and classy interiors. At night, it is a place that is crowded with people and Djs playing the top hit remixes. From time to time they will showcase concerts, after shows and performances instead. A good time to hit the club would be from 6 to 9pm to get some pre drinks as the prices are set a lot lower then!
What do you get when you mix a club with the motto ‘all day parties’ (the DJ only stops spinning at 7am in the morning) and a group of tourists who really just want to have fun in Paris? A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!
7. Bus Palladium
Bus Palladium an up and coming dance club in the heart of Pigalle that spins a range of genres. From disco to rap to funk music, Bus Palladium is a great place to go to shake it off on the dance floor or people-watch!
If you are looking for a more classy dance club, you can head to the White room, located at the top of the Theatre de Champs-Elysées, where the Maison Blanche Restaurant is situated. When it hits midnight, all the chairs and tables are cleared and the now spacious two-storey restaurant becomes a nightclub. Only downside is that it only opens on Saturday evenings but if you are in Paris on a Saturday definitely head there to check it out! The White room has an outdoor terrace with one of the most breathtaking views of the city, including the Eiffel tower and river seine in the background. It's a club you shouldn't miss out on.
A twist on modern-day dance clubs where throngs of people congregate in one room, the Badaboum has several rooms each with its own unique style and atmosphere. Walk upstairs and you will get a vintage-looking apartment, complete with the bed set; hang by the cocktail bar; head to the dance floor illuminated by neon lights to each beat of the music.
A new club that opened situated along the river seine. Just like the White Room, it also has a terrace overlooking the river seine and the Eiffel tower in he background. You and your friends could come earlier for some pre-drinks and then enter the tunnel where DJs such as Mykki Blanco performed! It will be a night of pure fist-pumping and bodies grinding against one another.
They always say go big or go home, right? If you do not head down to either one of these clubs during your stay in Paris, it would definitely be a shame. If you have any clubs that you have been to and loved, please leave a comment below! We would love to hear about it! 😉