Top 10 Nightclubs in Paris: Best Places to Party

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    Where to Dance the Night Away

    Paris nightclub
    ••• Paris isn't as well-known for its nightclub scene as Berlin or New York, but here's how to make the most of it. Thomas Craig / Getty Images

    Unlike Berlin or London which is reputed for its excellent nightlife scene, decent nightclubs in Paris are rather hard to come by. There tends to be a lot of hype, high cover charges, excessive posturing and, sometimes, bouncers who can be rather unpleasant-- or even discriminate unfairly. I've separated the wheat from the chaff to come up with a list of the top 10 Paris dance clubs- not necessarily always the most well-known of the lot, or the ones with the flashiest facades-- but the ten actually worth forking out a few euros for to dance the night away. Once you've browsed and bookmarked this list, peruse our guide to the top nightlife districts in Paris for more ideas on how to live the nightowl's life in the city of light. You might also want to check out our guide to LGBT nightlife/ gay and lesbian bars and clubs in Paris.

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    #1 Batofar

    ••• More than a club, Batofar is a nightlife concept that's become a Parisian institution. Christoph Bauer / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Sitting on a converted barge floating on the Seine, Batofar is one of those Parisian clubs that has managed to stay fresh through the years, with crowds consistently showing up to line up outside. The lightship sways every evening till the early hours to beats of underground hip hop, rock, electro, techno, and dubstep. When you need to rest your feet, check out the fantastic view from the club's bridge.

    Read Related: What to Do in Paris at Night? 

    Address: Facing 11, Quai François Mauriac
    Metro: Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand or Bercy, 13th arrondissement

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    #2 Chez Moune

    Chez Moune is one of the French capital's most popular nightlife spots.
    ••• Chez Moune is one of the French capital's most popular nightlife spots. Courtesy of Chez Moune

    Featuring low ceilings, mirrored and tiled walls, and a distinctively 1930's style decor, Chez Moune caters to the Parisian branché (fashion-conscious hipster) crowd. DJs mainly spin electro-rock here. Unlike the majority of Parisian nightclubs, this one is free, so expect a big queue outside filled with young 20-something's looking to stay up until dawn and through the "petit matin" (early morning hours).

    Address: 54, rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 9th arrondissement
    Metro: Saint-Georges

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    #3 Chacha Club

    Chacha Club is a good place for a night out in the city center.
    ••• Chacha Club is a good place for a night out in the city center. Courtesy of Cha Cha Club

    Dark and imposing on the outside, and featuring lush art deco labyrinth within, the Chacha Club offers the style of a private club, minus the onerous and elitist membership requirement. The hottest electro, pop, and techno DJs of the moment take over the posh dining room at midnight, while those seeking a bit of calm can escape into the in-house recording studio, fumoir, or the giant posh bathroom, complete with a huge claw-footed tub.

    Address: 47, rue Berger, 1st arrondissement ​
    Metro: Chatelet-les-Halles

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    #4 Le Truskel

    Le Truskel Paris
    ••• Circa Waves perform at Le Truskel. David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images

    Blending a traditional Celtic pub style with a "micro-club" ambiance, this hipster hotspot in the Grands Boulevards neighborhood features indie, electro-pop, and punk music spun by well-known musicians and DJs until 6 am. Crammed and cozy, with a majority of anglophone dancers, the club also serves as the spot for after-show parties for crowds spilling out from the nearby (and legendary) Olympia concert hall.

    Address: 12, rue Feydeau, 2nd arrondissement​
    Metro: Bourse or Grands Boulevards

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    #5 Rex Club

    Rex Club Paris
    ••• Photo by Pascal Montary / TheArches / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Featuring sunken dance floors and an international crowd often in search of a mood-altering experience, the Rex Club easily recalls the big techno-grunge clubs of London. The music here is usually bass-heavy house and electronica, while crowds don't start pouring in until well after the metro has closed. The bouncers here are known to be temperamental and grouchy at times, though, so come dressed the part (avoid jeans and t-shirts) and make sure to toe the line when in line.

    Address: 5 boulevard Poissonnière, 2nd arrondissement​
    Metro: Bonne Nouvelle or Grands Boulevards

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    #6 Le Social Club

    Le Social Club
    ••• The DJ Adrien Combes spins at Le Social Club. Courtesy of Le Social Club

    Located in the smack center of the Grands Boulevards club scene, not far from the Rex Club (see #5), this electro venue boasts some of the hottest acts from the French and international DJ scene. Designed in a self-proclaimed "retrofuturist" style, the 500-person capacity club is housed in the same building that used to print George Clemenceau's "L'Aurore" newspaper. The music tends to be eclectic, but house, techno, disco, electro, and similar genres usually end up reigning.

    Address: 142, rue Montmartre, 2nd arrondissement
    Metro: Grands Boulevards

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    #7 Showcase

    Showcase Paris
    ••• Showcase is a coveted club near the "Champs" in Paris. Courtesy of Showcase Paris

    Set beneath the stately Pont Alexandre III, this may be the only club you'll ever set foot in that's literally nestled under a bridge. A stylish, "BCBG" (yuppie) crowd, usually with champagne bottles at close hand, dances to DJs and live bands while taking in iconic views of the Seine. While live bands are all over the genre map, DJs tend to stick to sets of house, electro, and disco beats.

    Read Related: Best Rooftop Bars in Paris 

    Address: Port des Champs-Élysées, under the Pont Alexandre III
    Metro: Champs-Elysees Clemenceau or Invalides

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    #8 Le Baron

    Le Baron
    ••• The mascot for Le Baron: a bald, moustached guy with an eye patch. Courtesy of Le Baron

    Once housing the most expensive brothel in Paris, this small and exclusive lounge for 150 people serves as the "it" place for the international jetset crowd. Featuring original 1920's decor intact, including tiles painted with nude women, tasseled lamps, and red walls, the dance floor at Le Baron is one of the most packed in Paris. With some of the world's most beautiful people in attendance, befriending a regular still serves as the best way to get in.

    Address: 6, avenue Marceau, 8th arrondissement​
    Metro: Alma-Marceau

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    #9 La Bellevilloise

    La Bellevilloise
    ••• La Bellevilloise is a fun, bohemian spot for a night out. Siren-Com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Heading over to the much grittier northeast, the next nightclub we can't get enough of is La Bellevilloise. Once the home of Paris' first workers' co-operative, this off-the-beaten-path club/art space/restaurant boasts dance floors on two levels. The club regularly hosts live DJs or bands playing rock, reggae, and every indie genre in between.

    The downstairs level frequently hosts an 80's theme night, while you can catch your breath on the upstairs lounge, which includes a lovely terrace. A favorite among the indie-rock set who eschew the mainstream scene of Grands Boulevards and the ostentatious bling of the western clubs. Avoid if you dislike faint fogs of patchouli and sweat.

    Address: 19-21, rue Boyer, 20th arrondissement
    Metro: Gambetta

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    #10 La Machine du Moulin Rouge

    La Machine
    ••• Live DJs are always on the scene at "La Machine". Courtesy of La Machine du Moulin Rouge

    Following a substantial makeover in 2010, this three-floor club and live music venue near Pigalle and Montmartre has reinvented itself with a dash of decadence. The main dance floor, dubbed "La Chaufferie", once served as the Moulin Rouge's boiler room. Though the old pipes remain charmingly intact, the more recent Alice in Wonderland-themed decor allows for a memorable dancing experience, with room for 800 hipster types to let loose to techno and electro DJ sets.

    Address: 90 boulevard de Clichy, 18th arrondissement​
    Metro: Place de Clichy