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Top 5 Night Clubs in Paris

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Paris is a great clubbing city but it can be a bit pretentious not to mention pricey!Here are my top 5 Paris clubs that I go to, to have fun but where I can still wear my jeans!

In Paris most places charge in but it includes a ‘conso‘ which is basically a drink, which drink though depends on the place.

1. Queen – Champs Elysee

Queen opened as a Gay bar but is no longer as ‘queeny’ as first advertised. Ok this one is a bit fancy schmancy due to its location and its €20 entrance fee. But don’t worry its hard to get a Parisian to dress up unless they are models so even here you don’t need your designer duds here. Just usual clubbing gear. The music is brilliant and you are guaranteed to literally bop until you drop!

2. Les Quatre Vents – St Germain

On the other side of the river is Les Quatre Vents a private club that is open to us Joe Publics Thursday to Saturday. Its smaller and more intimate but again plays great floor fillers. It is renowned amongst locals for the place to go for an after work drink during the week but also stays open late on the weekends. Its also in a great location, lots of cool bars and restaurants around, so you will be spoiled for choice! I didn’t pay in once yet, so it seems to be free in but you never know!

3. Gibus – Republique

If hip hop is your thang then Gibus is your place. Its serious hip hop with people dressed up as a character from MTV Base. All mini skirts, baseball caps and sunglasses indoors! Girls tend to get in free before 12 or 1 but the doormen are those kind of ‘at our discretion’ dudes. Otherwise its €20 or you can buy a bottle for €150 for 4 people which gets you a table in the VIP area, a bottle of spirits and mixers. Works out best if you are 4 or more as drinks are pricey! The music can be monotonous but the best dancers in town are there on a Saturday night breaking it down at the front near the DJ box.

4. La Fleche D’Or – Paris 20th

This is a definite favourite of me and my girlies. The location is a bit crap as its a good 10 minute walk from the metro but its in an old railway station so the club itself is cool. It is free in, usually around €6 for a drink. Its open all night so the plan is usually to dance until the first metro at 5.30am! But check out the website first. The music is normally good but I got stuck there on a terrible night too. They usually have a live band first at weekends then a DJ.

5. Barrio Latino – Bastille

This super decadent club/bar/restaurant on 4 floors is owned by the George V group which also includes the famous Buddha Bar. This is a much more accessible club though in the party district of Bastille. There is tango and salsa on during the day and early evening on the weekends and then at night its a great club with a good Latino and normal dance music mix. Its the standard €20 in and they do great cocktails! Just bring your wallet!

If none of the above take your fancy but you fancy a boogie with your pint any of the Irish themed bars are a good bet. They are open late late late, there’s no cover and certainly no pretensions! Corcoran’s in Pigalle (Blvd de Clichy) would be my number one choice.

Photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, by stevenvanwel

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Venere Travel Blog writer julie shackleton

Julie Shackleton is a freelance writer and lawyer currently based in Dublin, Ireland, but as she has spent more of her free time in Paris lately is seriously considering a permanent move!

4 responses to “Top 5 Night Clubs in Paris”

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  1. Heinz says:
    February 10th, 2009 at 12:55

    Yes, Paris is a great city an the clubs are top !

  2. Frenchy says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 19:57

    Clubs in Paris so bad.
    Seriously, any little club in Asia is way more living… Not to mention accessible and cheap as well.

    A tip for most of the people : forget running shoes they are connoted with local thugs (absolutely silly but that’s how it is) usual gear and you won’t get in, not to mention they also have many other reason to deny you the entry.
    The best way to overcome that issue ? Guest list ;-)
    I definitely want to leave this country, that’s why I’m starring this tip with y’all. Yeah and I like hip hop too.

  3. Anna says:
    October 19th, 2012 at 02:34

    Lol, don’t be scared off by Frenchy’s comments. Paris has a very diverse nightlife. It’s true sometimes foreigners might find it a bit rowdy when it comes to clubbing and men’s attempts to get women… But the atmosphere is different in less “industrial” clubs.
    Apart from that, you don’t need to dress up like a supermodel. It’s quite the opposite, actually. Girls dress up rather casually compared to other countries and unless you want to get into a place where only American stars go, a pair of jeans and a nice shirt will do the trick.
    Having said that, it’s a bit trickier for guys as the bouncer try to maintain a balance between men and women in the club so it’s always better to come with girls or to be ready to pay for a bottle… Whether you’ll be able to enter or not will also depend on the “mood” of the night. If you get turned down, don’t feel offended, it happens to the best and just try another venue, there are so many in Paris…

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