It was about time to blog about my personal top 5 nightlife spots all over Paris. The first two I am featuring are night clubs, the third one is a circus-shaped theater-like venue, and the last two are more chilled out options— or places where I could ditch my lovely high heels. I’ve been to all of them and I am trying to share some pictures I have on my phone (unless they turn out to be too crappy, peace out!)
Queens is a very reputed night house in Paris on l’Avenue des Champs Elysees, 8eme arrondissement. Queens Disco night is a French more laid-back version of what we know of Thursday’s 80s Night at BO18 back in Lebanon, except that it happens on Mondays at Queens. You should also check their “Shake”HipHop music edition on Thursdays. You can have the Queens experience either with an affordable paid entrance and enjoy your night on the dance floor or by booking a table in the VIP section, which is totally worth it and is so much fun given us Lebanese are used to tables and there are no bars in Queens.
I was invited to an after-party at VIP Room this past January after an Haute Couture show of designer Bilal Barrage. VIP Room is located in the 1er arrondissement of Paris, on Rue Rivoli, next to the Louvre museum. It is rather a small and cozy place with a baroque decoration, good music, and a glitzy atmosphere and crowd. In fact, you are expected to dress to the nines and be wearing high heels unmistakably (if you want to get in and fit in). Likewise, if you want to enjoy your night there, thou shalt not worry about money—you will have to expect to pay premium knowing the VIP Room is a high-end nightclub and is chosen by international celebrities (with prices similar to White in Lebanon). However, this should not be a problem for us Lebanese since we are already used to this type of dress code and bottle prices (particularly for the ones who party at least twice per week). Concerning the service quality, I don’t really remember about the bouncers but the barman was kind enough to charge my phone before it was about to turn off. VIP Room are also famous for their "Afterwork" edition.
Le Cabaret Sauvage
Le Cabaret Sauvage is a “salle de spectacle” located in le parc de La Villette in le 19eme arrondissement. I love its circus-shaped venue with the carved pillars and the circular wooden dancefloor. In fact, Le Cabaret Sauvage hosts multiple events including club nights, live music, and other different type of events; it is actually fully booked for events ahead of time and you can check their website. I really like the outdoors space, (even though it is made of fake pelouse) there are bean bags, chairs, and benches and food trucks on several occasions—just great for nighttime binges and cravings.
Le Point Ephemere
Le Point Ephemere is arguably my favorite place in le 10eme arrondissement of Paris. It is located next to Canal Saint Martin and I’ve got to tell you it is “under” le Quai de Valmy—because I got in a fight with the cab driver who would go around and around Quai de Valmy and not find the place. I paid 30 euros for what was supposed to be a FIVE min drive from my hotel; needless to say, I was a very pissed consumer. After I had really enjoyed my night and an unexpected rock concert, I decided to walk back to the hotel for this short distance of “un quart d’heure” or 15mins. I enjoyed the walk along canal St. Martin and discovered quite several pubs on my way. Le Point Ephemere is an acclaimed center for the arts and dedicates spaces to artists’ workshops, dance studio, and music repetition. It is undeniably an art hub and an inspiration for all artists and passers-by. When I visited in June, they had set a really nice outdoor terrace for which you would need to book a table to sit by the waters of canal St. Martin of be facing the graffiti walls.
|I guess I sighed out of relief when I finally discovered here Le Point Ephemere under le Quai de Valmy!|
Le Perchoir Rooftop
Le Perchoir is located in the 11eme arrondissement on Rue Crespin du Gast. It is a very nice roof top bar with affordable cocktails and a restaurant one floor down. (I would have to compare it to Iris bar in Beirut slightly) There is a nice view over the city that shows loads of chimneys and the beautiful Sacré Coeur in Montparnasse. The restaurant has an exquisite menu with the plates very elegantly presented. The bar is open all week long and until 2am on weekends (fiya BO ba3den eh?), but the restaurant only from Tuesday to Saturday. Le Perchoir is a crowded place so it is advisable to book a dinner table (48euro le Menu Chef) to cut the line or the roof-top cocktail bar and therefore not having to queue for an average of 15 mins.