The very name of the French capital rings out with a promise of a great night of sheer fun. Don't resist the temptation to step into the world of quiet cafés, mellow jazz bars, techno clubs pulsating with rhythm and sound, and legendary cabarets. Paris at night is one of the best spots on earth for people-watching.
The French capital is home to some of the most renowned nightclubs in the world. On weekend nights, all of them are equally packed with revellers who come to enjoy the great music and incredible atmosphere. Le Divane du Monde is one recommendable club in the 18th arrondissement, where you can enjoy the music of the newer French alternative bands which often appear on its stage. Music varies from rock and pop to jazz. Les Bains, a late-night dance club in the 3rd arrondissement, attracts mostly house, soft rock and disco fans. Upstairs, there's a very good Thai restaurant which will cater to any late-night whims you might have.
Le Moloko, in the 9th arrondissement, boasts a modern and trendy decor and is filled with an energetic crowd of revellers every night. Batofar is an alternative and funky place situated in a barge moored on the Seine River. It's best known as a location for performances by world-famous DJs playing house, trance and techno music. The bar offers an impressive number of excellent drinks.
Jazz lovers will be delighted by the wide range of spots in which to indulge their passion. Le Caveau de la Huchette regularly presents performances by some of the best-known jazz performers. An equally important jazz club is Le Bilboquet in the 6th arrondissement. Rue de les Lombards is Paris's most famous jazz street and the location of Le Baiser Sale, one of the oldest and best-known clubs of its kind in Paris. Both locals and tourists frequent Le Doobie’s for its welcoming, pleasant atmosphere. During the day, it's a cosy restaurant. while at night it becomes a trendy club.
If you're a fan of heavier sounds, don't miss Le Flèche d’Or, a very popular rock club in the 20th arrondissement. Situated in a former train station, it features a funky decor and a diverse calendar of cultural events. Live concerts of jazz, fusion, rock, ska, reggae, Celtic rock and punk take place every night. Another great place to attend a rock concert is La Cigale in the 18th arrondissement. A former concert hall, it boasts a large balcony capable of holding a large number of people.
One thing that you absolutely cannot miss while visiting Paris is its world-famous cabarets. If you have a chance, you should see several performances to fully experience the diversity and unique atmosphere of this special form of entertainment. The most famous one, of course, is the Moulin Rouge, which is situated in Pigalle, the red light district near Montmartre. Famous performers at the cabaret have included Jane Avril, Mistinguett and La Goulue. The place was also popularised as the objects of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's numerous depictions of the cabaret's nightlife. When you choose the performance that you want to see, be sure to book your ticket in advance.
Another important cabaret venue is Le Lido, located on the Champs-Elysees. Since its establishment in 1946, it has seen some of the greatest shows in history, including comedy performances and concerts from such renowned artists as Laurel & Hardy, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Shirley MacLaine, and Elton John.