These Paris venues are sure to get you groovin'
By Paige Donner
Paris Local Expert
Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than dancing. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. When you want that feeling, head to some of the best dance clubs in Paris. Top DJs get the energy moving, and your fellow clubbers ensure that there's plenty to see along the way. To follow the beautiful people, head to the VIP Room ; for a more rock-n-roll experience, give the Bus Palladium a try. Either way, 10Best will make sure you know the best places to dance in Paris.
If you're the type that likes to try out a few venues during a night-out, you'll want to check out a few of the clubs listed that are within walking distance of one another. Taxis can often be hard to find late at night in the city and the Metro stops running between midnight and 1am. The areas around South Pigalle (SoPi), Grands Boulevards and Champs Elysees all have clubs within close proximity of eachother. For an exclusive grouping, you can check out the White Room, then head around the corner to Le Baron and once finished there walk the 10 minutes to Pont Alexandre III, the bridge flanked by the beautiful golden angels, where Le Showcase is hidden - in plain sight - underneath. Many Parisiennes (that's the feminine version of the word) bring a pair of flats with them as they make their clubbing rounds. And, of course, you can always hop on a Velib'.
Add a little novelty to your nighttime pursuits at this funky club, which is set on a red lighthouse ship moored on the Seine. Trance, house and techno tunes are spun by international DJs into early hours, while in the evening patrons are treated to varied selection of live bands as well. The dance floor gets lots of action down below, and several bars, including one on the quayside in summer, take care of liquid refreshment. However, great music draws great crowds, especially on weekends, so be prepared for a wait. METRO: Quai de la Gare (line 6), Bibliothèque F. Mitterrand (line 14) (01 50 63 17 30, 09 71 25 50 61)
One of the newest spots to anchor the Left Bank, Wanderlust is the expansive terrace bar and club that perches atop the Cit� de la Mode et du Design. It's worth finding your way over to this Quai d'Austerlitz complex that houses a fashion museum, cool caf�s and shops below, and this restaurant-bar-terrace-club up on its top floor. Wanderlust is run by the same team that runs Silencio, the David Lynch imagined club and Social Club, both hot venues in their own right. The dance club part of the programming happens only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm onwards and goes until 6am. The terrace overlooking the Seine, as the building was constructed right along the Seine, is a magnificent 1600M2, the size of a small factory. Music is electro, new disco, house.
8 Le Baron
The Parisian entertainment industry is a pretty tight and clique-ish circle, and the main players tend to hang out together in the same clubs and bars. Le Baron is one of these clubs where you are guaranteed to spot some of these famous French faces from the worlds of cinema, music and arts. The nature of the business requires the existence of places where informal meetings can take place. This Parisian nightclub is one of those places where professionals can shake as many hands as necessary while indulging in a spot or two of shameless name-dropping. So, if you can't beat them: why not go and join them, or at least see if you can spot the actors from this year's Cesar's or even the Oscar-winning The Artist? (01 47 20 04 01)
7 Titty Twister
The decor here at this originally-named bar, one of the newer in the capital, is a scene straight out of From Dusk 'Til Dawn, the movie by Quentin Tarantino. The French have an ongoing infatuation with all things Tarantino and this happening club now ranks as one of them. The smoking room is a big draw for the well-heeled Parisian youth who have latched onto the New York club vibe here, as is the tequila bar and the pool table. More of a Rock-n-Roll club and bar than a frou-frou club, the big moosehead hanging on the wall and the pinball machines scattered around the lounge area complete the picture. (01 45 62 50 23)
Le Showcase gets its name from its reputation of showcasing the next-big-thing in bands. This nightclub also features some of Paris' most popular DJs, usually after the band has played a few sets, that is located under the landmark beauty of a bridge, the Pont Alexandre III which crosses the Seine from Grand Palais to Invalides. The club has an underground feel with sweeping architecture, a great dance floor and constant music. It's known for showcasing live acts, both famous and just-breaking. But the dance floor gets good use every night, too, usually right up until dawn. If you're looking for a truly unique and memorable only-in-Paris venue, this is surely it. (01 45 61 25 43)
5 Bus Palladium
This trendy dance club in the heart of Pigalle spins to a range of musical styles (disco, rap, R&B, soul, funk). It's a great place to people-watch. This area has become known as SoPi or South Pigalle and is now nearly too trendy for the trendsters. No matter, the Bus Palladium has been here for decades and still offers a good rock-n-roll time. Its updated menu offers dishes named after famous (and infamous) song titles - Come Together, Welcome to The Jungle, With or Without You. METRO: Blanche (line 2), Pigalle (lines 2, 12), or Saint Georges (line 12) (01 45 26 80 35)
4 Chez Raspoutine
The feeling here is something akin to a Russian noble's hunting lodge, with its plush red upholstery, chandeliers and exposed wood beams. Once inside, you completely forget that you're just off the Champs-�lys�es. Club's decor is listed on the inventory of historic monuments. Champagne, cocktails, club, dancing. The sound is a mix by DJ Mika. The clientele ultra-trendy and you'll find businessmen, politicians, celebrities and golden girls and boys frequenting this chic-est of Parisian nightclubs. True to its Russian roots, shots of ice-cold vodka are served all night long (until 5am). (01 47 20 02 90)
3 Social Club
Electronic music has put Paris back on Music's world map, and the Social Club (142 Rue Montmartre, metro Bourse or Grands Boulevards) certainly played its part. Back when it was still known as le Triptyque, this was the venue that hosted the first performances of acts that are now world famous, like Daft Punk, Justice, Breakbot and many more. Nowadays, the Social Club remains the place to go see up and coming electronic music acts, so it's definitely worth checking out their website: you might even get lucky and catch a live set by a big name or two. But even when there's no live act, the in-house DJs are very much on the cutting edge of electronica and will have you dance the night away in the trendy setting of what remains an unmissable club if you enjoy electronic music. You can also settle into comfy armchairs and watch. (01 40 28 09 25)
2 White Room
One of the classiest dance clubs in Paris is here at the top of the Théatre de Champs-Elysées, in the same venue as the Maison Blanche Restaurant. Here you'll feel like you're in Seventh Heaven on Saturdays, when the restaurant tables are cleared out at midnight and the spacious two-storey interior becomes a nightclub. The outdoor terrace on the second floor upstairs is one of the most breathtaking views onto the Eiffel Tower and the Seine in the city. Music is an eclectic mix of HipHop, Soul, Funk, Disco, Deep House. The venue draws the cr�me de la cr�me of international DJs who spin until dawn. The White Room is a super upscale nightclub. The only disappointment is that it's only open on Saturday nights. The rest of the week it's the gastronomic restaurant only. New starting this Spring is a champagne bar on their Avenue Montaigne terrace.
1 VIP Room
This is where the celebs and the jetset come to party when they're in town so go figure that it's just across the street from the Louvre. Club gets started at around midnight and you can count on a dance-able lineup of Top 40, R&B and Hits music. It's fun to watch the tables of Bombshell Beauties surrounded by Beefcake Boys guzzle magnums of bubbly all night long. This is where you'll see the headliners who have just played Stade de France dancing on table tops as they relax and unwind. Dress your best if you want to get past the door. VIP Room is every inch the beautiful people scene and it's always fun to party with the rich and famous for an evening, isn't it?
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 for her with the City of Lights, one that has grown fonder over time. Paige hosts World of Wine for World Radio Paris. When discovering a new wine region, her dog accompanies her as the little canine has proved to be the ideal vineyard companion. As a journalist, Paige has written for the NY Times, Variety, LA Times, Fodor's, Blackbook...
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