The best nightclubs in Paris

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Paris is a classy and stylish city full of glamor, but that doesn’t mean that it’s forgotten how to have fun. Parisians don’t spend all their time elegantly lounging in cafes or nibbling tiny dishes in restaurants – they also go out to clubs, and know more than well enough how to turn the night into a revelry. Parisian nightclubs are not hard to find, and there’s a great variety when it comes to them. Regardless of your musical tastes, you will find a place for the night where you can listen to what you like, dance, drink and have fun with friends. So grab your most ritzy clothes (or don a pair of worn jeans, as the occasion calls) and hit some of the best nightclubs in Paris.

Chacha, Rue Berger

Chacha is a real gem of a nightclub, where artsy people display their fashion sense and bohemian views. The club has a 30’s decor, lavished on several different salons. The music is less retro though: the newest electro and funk. The club also has a restaurant, but late in the evening the dancefloor and the boudoir-like rooms fill with people who are dancing and chatting.

Le Queen, Avenue des Champs-Elysées

If you want to mingle with the local hip crowd, you can’t go wring with Queens. This club used to be terribly exclusive, but now the commoners are granted entry as well. Mondays are extremely popular, with huge crowds, and on this day of the week the atmosphere is an echo of what the club used to be before it changed name. For a night of dancing on the best DJ music, head to Le Queen.

Showcase, Pont Alexandre III

Although it is sometimes difficult to get into this club, once you’re in you will have a night to remember along the young alternatives of Paris who rock out on the sound of electro. Karaoke nights are extremely popular. This former boat hangar has a unique decor and it is a great place for having fun or even a rendez-vous.

Barrio Latino, Rue du Faubourg St Antoine

Barrio Latino closes at 2 AM, so it is for early birds, but anyone who goes to this club is guaranteed to have loads of fun in one of the friendliest clubs in Paris. The decor is interesting (wrought iron and velvet) and the clientele is a mixed bag of students and young office workers. Even if you come just for a drink, you can’t help being caught up in the club’s maddening rhythm.

Batofar, Quai François-Mauriac

If you want a truly unique club, try Batofar, a club located on a boat anchored on the Seine. This funky little club plays electro, trance and dance music and sometimes has live acts as well.

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