Along with Berlin and London, Paris is the epicenter of clubbing. But Parisian nightlife can sometimes seem intimidating for shy visitors wanting to meet locals and enjoy the capital’s festive atmosphere. From hype, branché, “BCBG”, jet-set to more cosmopolitan crowds, and from cutting edge electronica to Brazilian samba vibes, here is our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians, and most of all to party like a real Parisian.
1.) Yoyo Club
First in our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians is the Yoyo club. A former Cinémathèque located in the subterranean section of the Palais de Tokyo, it’s become one of the hottest DJ dance clubs in the capital attracting eclectic young Parisian crowds. Take a drink at the concrete bar and enjoy the greatest electro artists in Paris. As an epicenter of inspiration and creation, the Yoyo club is the place to be if you’re looking both for excitement and for an engaged contemporary musical scene.
2.) Chez Moune (54, rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Métro Saint Georges)
Second in our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians is Chez Moune, located in Pigalle. A former cabaret, this club is perfect for those wanting to meet with the Parisian cosmopolitan and “branché” crowd. With its low ceilings and mirrored walls, Chez Moune is representative of the pre-World War II décor of the red-light district, a décor that makes a huge contrast with the sound that is played inside (mostly electro-rock music). Open from Wednesday to Saturday (midnight to 6 am), it is free on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the entry costs 10 euros (one drink included) on Fridays and Saturdays.
3.) Le Social Club (142, rue Montmartre, Métro Grands Boulevards)
Located near Montmartre neighbourhood, the Social Club is third in our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians. The first venue to host Daft Punk, Justice and Breakbot, the Social Club is impossible to miss for electronic music lovers. Featuring cutting edge electronica, it is designed for visitors wanting to combine a festive feeling with a laid-back atmosphere. The typical attendee at Le Social Club is someone who listens to cutting edge techno while remaining comfortably seated into soft armchairs. Still, you can still dance the night away if you feel like it in this self-proclaimed “retro-futurist” ambient.
4.) Showcase (Port des Champs-Elysées, under Alexandre III bridge, Métro Invalides)
Nestled under the Pont Alexandre III, a landmark beauty of a bridge, the Showcase is fourth in our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians. Hosting stylish, “bon chic, bon genre” crowds, the Showcase features an underground feel with a great dance floor. Sticking to sets of house and electro beats, the Showcase got its name from its reputation of hosting the next-big-musical-thing. If you’re willing to enjoy iconic views of the Seine while enjoying a bottle of champagne in chic and “jet-set” company, the Showcase is for you!
5.) La Bellevilloise (19, rue Boyer, Métro Ménilmontant)
Final in our top 5 clubs to meet Parisians is La Bellevilloise. Bathed in the cosmopolitan spirit of Ménilmontant neighbourhood, La Bellevilloise is ideal for those seeking for diversified music, including those who don’t wish to listen to electro music (a style that is over-represented in our top 5). From disco to afro-beat, from klezmer music to Brazilian samba, la Bellevilloise hosts artists from all around the world much to the pleasure of Parisian crowds. Dance to the energetic vibes in the underground section or settle in comfy armchairs with a drink to listen to live music on the first floor.