A guide to Paris by night

Paul Lines By Paul Lines, 1st Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Paris, in addition to being one of the world's most romantic cities, comes alive with entertainment at night

A world of romance and nightlife

When the sun goes down and the moon creeps softly into the sky, the lights go on and suddenly Paris becomes a wonderland of nightlife. It is in the evening that the "city of lights" turns into a playground of activity, with something special for everyone irrespective of their taste and preference.

Bars and pubs

The array of bars and pubs that Paris has to offer stay open until about two in the morning, with the majority opening their doors late afternoon. If you want a bar that has a real sports theme why not try the Moosehead, located on the "rue des Quatre Vents." This bar has ice hockey as its main theme and the place is adorned with memorabilia from this sport. As you can imagine it attracts a rough and ready sport clientele from Europe, Canada and America as well as the French and it is noted for its beach party theme nights. One of the other main attractions of this club is that it is owned by Johnny Depp, John Malkovitch and Sean Penn.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a date for the evening, why not try out the China club on “rue de charenton”? Here you can mix with single people at street level or climb the stairs to the more relaxed dining and lounge areas, where you may meet with many celebrities from the world of fashion and modelling. Dinner is served in the Restaurant from seven in the evening until the early hours of the morning and the bar usually has live music at the weekends.

For the more selective bar patron there is Le Forum, which is very popular with visiting business people, who liken it more to a private London club then a bar. Relax and enjoy yourself with one of the myriad of Malt whiskies in stock or persuade your partner to try some of the 250 different cocktails that this bar offers.

Clubs and music

Most of the clubs do not open until about eleven in the evening, but then the majority will stay open until morning. The cool customer will usually arrive in the early hours, most making the next step on their nightlife journey from the bars they had visited en route to clubland. Although the clubs are liberally spread throughout the city, the most popular can be found around the Montmartre (best in summer), Sacre-Coeur and Bastille areas. Admission is usually between 15 and 30 Euros and for that you normally receive a free drink. Why not try the "hip" Club Zed, which is open every night from ten thirty, eleven at the weekends. This club has music from samba and rock and roll to Jazz and much more, and it also holds theme nights, for example at Halloween when everyone turns up in fancy dress.

La Coupole on Montparnasse is another interesting club, especially for those who like Waltz, tango or Salsa to orchestral music, particularly in Tuesdays. On other days this venues offers everything from rock and roll to house and garage music. It also have a separate dining area upstairs.

Popular with youngsters and students is the Caveau de la Huchette, located in the street of the same name. Here you can dance away the night to one of the many live Jazz combos that perform regularly.

Finally, located in a three century old town house in the Marais area, in rue Vieille du Temple you will find Le Central, decorated with oak panelling and with windows to the street on two sides. Offering a huge range of music from the sixties right up to the present day "club scene" favourites, this gay club is frequented by a number of overseas tourists as well as the gents from France.

For those who do not want the bar and music scene for their nightlife excursions, do not worry. Paris offers a number of other options for nighttimes’ entertainment.


Comedy nights are available at the l'Ane Rouge on rue Laugier, but you need to fully understand French to appreciate this venue of French satire and humour. In addition, you should not be a person who is shy of being picked on by the acts.

Performing arts

No visit to Paris is complete unless you have been to see a performing arts show at least once. For example, the Opera Garnier at Place de l'Opera or Opera Bastille will enthral you with their range of operatic productions. Alternatively, why not try the Cite de la Musique, which has a number of concert halls offering a range of music from around the world.

Theatre and romance

Can you possibly spend time in Paris without taking in two of its most famous production venues, the Moulin Rouge and the Foilies Bergere? The Moulin Rouge is renowned for its risque dancing and stage shows, all of which include a finale of the famous Can-Can dance. The Folies stage a range of production shows in French, many of which have come from Broadway or the London West End, which include Saturday Night Fever and Dirty Dancing, which makes it a great night out for all the family.

Finally, for those who prefer a more relaxed nightlife, you could either treat yourselves to a romantic meal at one of the wonderful traditional French cafe's and restaurants or take a gentle journey along the River Seine in one of their restaurant boats that also offer the opportunity for live music and dancing.

A final word

Do not forget, the above is just a small selection of the entertainment that awaits you on the streets of the "city of lights," so keep your eyes open for the many others that are available in every one of the above categories. One thing is certain, when in Paris you will certainly not go short of nightlife and entertainment


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Having spent a large part of my working life as a business consultant, I am now a full time freelance writer offering content for on-line and print publishers, as well as focusing on creative writing

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author avatar Denise O
4th Nov 2010 (#)

This has always been one of my dream spots to visit.
You have only inhanced that dream.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Paul Lines
4th Nov 2010 (#)

I have been there and done this on a few occasions Denise and it remains a wonderful experience each time. If you can find a carer for Bugg you need to get your husband to take you there for a romantic weekend :)

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