If we had to describe the nightlife in Paris in one word, it would be EPIC. However it’s always a bit risky clubbing on foreign turf (as you never know what to expect). A club could either make or break a night, depending on how good it is. So, we thought we’d help you make the selection process easier. These are rockin’ clubs where you’ll find plenty of locals and a great vibe - plus young Parisians sure know how to party hard. Let them show you the time of your life at our 5 tried and tested spots.
Don't forget to pre-drink at the best party bar in town, BELUSHI'S ! Especially if you're a St Christopher's guest (you'll get awesome drink deals and it's right below the hostel).
In no particular order...
1 REX CLUB
5 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002, Paris
For backpackers who love electro. One of the city’s oldest clubs, Rex is home to some wild House and Techno parties! It’s a local favourite and perhaps the no.1 place in Paris to hear the best of electronic music. Hosting awesome DJs in the genre’s circle, Rex won’t let you down for a fun night and it always has a great line-up. The low ceilings give it an underground vibe but as it’s an old club, don’t go in expecting a modern interior. This spot is all about the music.
2B Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris, France
A club not to be missed in Paris! This spot is set over two floors: upstairs find a chilled cocktail bar and downstairs an epic party. You really get the best of both worlds at Badaboum. So when you need to escape from the sweaty dancefloor, find serenity at the sophisticated lounge bar. Expect a great atmosphere, too. The 3 best assets? Good food, good cocktails, good music. What more could you want? Plus, the sound system downstairs is killer!
3 QUEEN CLUB
22 Rue Quentin-Bauchart, 75008 Paris
My friends and I hit Queen Club on a Friday night. Having no idea what to expect, we thought it would be an early night, hoping to leave around 1am. We were wrong. We ended up leaving at 5 in the morning. The vibe is electric, the crowd is buzzing and the DJ played the best music (that we all love) from Hip Hop to RnB, to House.
We were on the dance floor till the end (and had no idea where the time went). It also opened our eyes to how party-hard the French are. Expect expensive (but delicious) cocktails, VIP booths and a glamorous interior ALL underground. As we arrived early (10.30pm) our first cocktail was free but I recommend rocking up at 1am - that’s when the party gets started. Located on the des Champs-Élysées, we left the club (in almost daylight) to find the Arc Du Triomphe on the doorstep. Highly recommend for a wild night.
4 POINT EPHÉMÈRE
200 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France
Technically not a club but makes for a great night out. Point Ephémère doubles as a concert venue and restaurant located beside Canal St Martin, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Hosting a range of live artists and events, it’s worth checking what’s on when you’re in the city for a fun, unique night. Different rooms have different music, and the terrace bar is an ideal spot overlooking the river. Awesome burgers and affordable drinks! You can spend all day here; come for a late lunch on a sunny day, hit the bar then head to the dancefloor after dark!
7-15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris
One for the hardcore partiers. A former bus station converted to a mega club. Glazzart hosts an epic party atmosphere. Especially in the warmer months. In summer, they cover the whole car park in sand, converting it into a beach. Really cool festival/outdoor concert vibes. Great for hot evenings and the crowd here parties until about 7am. Great DJ’s and bands play here, too.