Paris blossoms with art and history, exudes sophistication, and is the most fashionable place on the planet, but just like the boarding school socialite arriving at her first year in college, the city does have a wild side.
The bars might close at 2am, but a diverse club scene keeps Paris alive and well long into the night. And it isn’t all upscale exclusivity where you need to be Scarlett Johansson to get passed the door – although being Scarlett Johansson never hurts. Clubs in Paris range from opulent to trendy to hard-hitting musical craziness, and below are our three favorites for every clubbers taste.
Club Silencio may be the most exclusive club in Paris, and for good reason. The members-only high-end nightclub in Les Halles is a total reflection of the eccentric mind of its creator, movie director David Lynch. The doors open to the “public” post midnight, and those lucky enough to make it past the long lines and the stringent eyes of the bouncers (hint: be a famous writer/actor/director/painter) descend half-a-dozen flights into the unworldly club that doubles as an art exhibition of interior design at its finest. The arched ceilings and enclosed walls in the extensive bunker makes the five distinct rooms feel like a gold-leafed maze of tunnels underneath a foreign planet. Talk to an Oscar-winning producer at the bar over cocktails and then make your way to the main stage where A-list DJs spin for the jetsetters looking to show some moves.
Those looking to skip the hassle of impressing bouncers and having their toes stepped on in long lines should head to Favela Chic, a hip dance spot that brings the Brazilian Carnival to Paris. Hidden away down an alley in the Bastille district with no exterior display except for a glowing top hat, the interior is an unpretentious and energetic mix of international youngsters getting rowdy to the Latin beats. The booze flies off the shelf as the night heats up into a hot and sweaty dance party that’s always packed with fun-loving hipsters and travelers. This isn’t the place for a quiet night out, so put on your favorite shoes and zumba your way over to Favela Chic.
It’s social, it’s a club, and it brings in the best DJs and live performers in the city! What more could a music-loving clubber ask for? The cool interior is like the setting from one of those old sci-fi movies that takes place in the future – an ultramodern décor that still feels retro. Black walls and black couches surround the main highlight of Social Club: the DJ stage and spacious dance floor. An impressive lighting system with LEDs and neon spotlights spinning and flashing from the rafters sets the mood for the hectic music-lovers ready to jump and dance. With bottle service lounge areas, a modish décor, and accessible door policy, Social Club is perfect for those looking for a trendy club with great music without the snobbery.
Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth – a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: clubs in Paris, pubs in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, parks in New York, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.