Best Paris Nightlife

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    10. Moulin Rouge

    With its famous windmill that acts as beacon to all nightlife revelers looking for a good time out in Paris, it might altogether be too easy to assume that this legendary Cabaret has become a tourist trap. That...

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    9. Jazz Club Etoile

    This is one of the more elegant jazz clubs in the city. It might lack the tradition that some of the small, cramped Left Bank jazz cellars can boast, as it's only been open for two decades, but here is where you'll...

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    8. Salle Pleyel

    The fine acoustics in this concert hall are perfect for showing off their resident l'Orchestre de Paris and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as l'Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France. On a recent...

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    6. Le Grand Rex

    This is Europe's largest movie theater and its location right on Grands Boulevards means it's walking distance from the major department stores and one of Paris's best shopping districts. With 2,650 seats it was...

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    5. Folies Bergere

    Ever heard of a beautiful African-American who riled up audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with her banana-skirt performance on a Parisian stage ? Yes, I am absolutely referring to Josephine Baker and this is...

    Photo courtesy of 10BEST photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014
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    4. Paradis Latin

    This is Dinner And A Show in that bygone era sense of the phrase. With only one performance scheduled per night, the seating starts at 8pm and the show runs until 11pm. In addition to the feathered, costumed and...

    Photo courtesy of Paradis Latin copyright 2013
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    3. Velib

    In a city that parties all night the Velib' is a great way to bar-hop without relying on the often coy and difficult-to-harness taxi cabs. Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public...

    Photo courtesy of Velib' Paris photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014
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    2. Theatre des Champs-Elysees

    One of Paris's most striking Art Deco interiors, this venue will make you love opera sung in Italian even if you're not an opera-loving kind. However, it does host all kinds of musical performances, from jazz to...

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    1. Miss Ko

    Miss Ko is an Asian-fusion bar that serves sushi and full meals until after midnight. Its "Golden Triangle" (Triangle d'Or) location has made it a hit since its 2013 opening. The door, by 8pm, is already tough to get...

    Photo courtesy of Miss Ko Paris photo by Paige Donner copyright 2014

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About Paris Nightlife

It’s not for nothing that Paris is called the City of Light. It’s a city you’ll find lit up every hour of the night. As soon as the sun sets, even the Eiffel Tower starts twinkling, with its sparkling LED lights, at the top of each hour.(P.S. there’s a champagne bar up at the very top of the Tour Eiffel. Just sayin’). Paris’s best nighttime venues are often hidden behind austere façades or tucked into the courtyards and anterooms of flashy establishments. It’s worth seeking them out as you’ll find that feeling of being on the in akin to being a bonafide Parisian, if just for a night. This is an all-hours town. It’s well within reason to take in a show at 9, dine après-theatre at midnight, then hit the bars or nightclubs from 1 or 2 a.m. until well past sunrise. Once a year the city even formally celebrates an all-nighter called Nuit Blanche during which the museums are open dusk ‘til dawn and offer free entry. And if you’re ever lucky enough to be in Paris on Bastille Day or New Year’s Eve, the fireworks and the street parties are free, for everyone, all night long. 

About Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California. Since then it has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the City of Lights, one that has grown fonder over time. Paige hosts Paris GOODfood+wine and World of Wine for World Radio Paris.  When...  Read more »

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