Once the sun sets and its street lamps come on, Paris becomes as breathtaking as ever. Don’t let your busy sight-seeing day – and consequent exhaustion – ruin your chance to further enjoy the allure of Paris and one of the best things this enchanting city has to offer: its thriving nightlife.
Operas, concerts, theatre shows and events are all listed on Pariscope, a weekly publication that includes a section in English to inform curious tourists what’s on at night. Keep in mind that Parisian night starts a little bit later than in other parts of the world – such as, say, London and New York – and dinner is usually ate after any performances.
When you’re done with dinner, make sure you allot some time for drinks. Parisian nightlife offers choices for all people, young and old, rich and boot-strapped, with its relaxed bars and pubs, high-tech clubs, sizzling cafés and legendary cabarets.
Young Parisians usually bar-hop around the Latin Quarter and Bastille bars before hitting the clubs. Both districts are swarmed with 20 and 30-year-olds adamant on making the best of their night. Happy hours are usually available from 5 PM - 8 PM but don’t expect to experience the real thing until 11 PM.
If you’re more of a trend-setter than a fad-follower, then skip the regular routine and go over to Rue Oberkampf, where the trendy Parisian crowd congregates. And if you’re interested in having fun amongst locals, Belleville – the working-class district made famous for being Edith Piaf’s birthplace – has had a recent nightclub and bar boost in the last few years.
You’ll find most of Paris’ big clubs on Champs Elysées, where you’ll need to dress up in order to go past doormen. However, such as in Saint-Germain-des-Près, the bars and cafés lining the street are usually just chock-full of tourists (and paying tourist prices), with little locals to give you a taste of a truly Parisian night out.
If money’s no object, then head straight to Place Vendome and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where daytime luxury shoppers return at night to see and be seen. And if you’re interested in Paris’ extensive gay and lesbian party scene, then look no further than its Marais neighborhood, where everyone – gay and straight – claims the real Parisian fun is.
All we’re left if with one final destination: what would Parisian nightlife be without its cabarets and wild side? If interested, visit Montmartre (where Moulin Rouge is) or Pigalle, the city’s seedy sex district. Once the sun sets and its street lamps come on, Paris becomes as breathtaking as ever. Don’t let your busy sight-seeing day – and consequent exhaustion – ruin your chance to further enjoy the allure of Paris and one of the best things this enchanting city has to offer: its thriving nightlife. If you are new to Paris, the most famous night out of all is of course the Moulin Rouge, often combined with a dinner on the Eifel Tower or Seine Dinner Cruise. Get your Moulin Rouge Show Tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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