Like most elements of this city, nightlife in Paris can be somewhat overwhelming: an inexhaustible collection of clubs, bars, lounges, cabarets, dives, and pretty much anything else libation-related. But who are we kidding, what’s not to like about that? All you’ll need to experience an incredible night out in the City of Light are a few suggestions on where to start. That’s where we come in.
For starters, the trendy Oberkampf district (11th arrondissement - rue Oberkampf, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud) is a safe bet for a great night of bar hopping. It’s pretty much consistently energetic with good crowds and a wide variety of cool café/bars to choose from. If you’re feeling risqué, hit up the Quartier Pigalle, which is famed for its “red light” district feel and is home to the tourist-frequented Moulin Rouge, among other cabarets/nightclubs. Care for a cigarette and a taste of some true Parisian jazz? Head on over to the 1st arrondissement and check out places like Le Duc des Lombards and Le Baiser Salé, which are sure not to disappoint.
For all you 20somethings out there, the Bastille district (rue de Lappe and nearby streets) is right up your alley: crowded, boisterous, offering everything from dive bars to clubs to cafes and lots of options in between. High end club lovers will have to deal with throngs of tourists, hefty prices and intimidating bouncers in the Champs-Elysees neighborhood (or you could just head to Rex Club on a Friday night and thank us later), while you can enjoy a more relaxed, bohemian vibe in the bars and cafes around the Canal St. Martin Quarter. With so much to explore, you’ll need plenty of weekends to get your bearings straight, but somehow we doubt this will be too much of an unpleasant struggle.