From Daft Punk to Pépé Bradock to DJ Deep, Paris has long been an essential force in dance music. And yet, a few years ago, Le Monde and The New York Times declared its nightlife to be all but dead. This is NOT the case now – the French capital has definitely got its groove back! This is thanks to a new generation of DJs and promoters who have given the city what might be its best-ever clubbing era. With each weekend seeming to offer more parties than the one before, Paris and its suburbs are currently among Europe’s most exciting hotspots for electronic music. Check out 10 of the best clubs in Paris according to the electronic music experts Resident Advisor – sure to satisfy even the wildest party animal.
Badaboum is located in the Bastille district of Paris, on the same street as record shops Techno Import and Syncrophone – so it’s going to be epic. The club’s main room has one of the city’s BEST sound systems, as well as a (semi) secret upstairs room and a cocktail bar.
Address: 2 bis rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris
A club on a boat – are you surprised we’ve added this to a list of the best clubs in Paris? The Batofar lighthouse boat offers a super unique setting on the bank of the Seine in the 13th arrondissement. It’s known for its curation of live electro bands and DJ-led afterhours dance parties,. During the day it doubles as a restaurant and cafe, and in the summer it’s the perfect place to get some sun if you can’t make it to the beach.
Address: 11 quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris
Located on a three-level boat docked by the Seine, Concrete is one of Paris’s most important and uber cool venues for techno and house. It’s famed for throwing marathon parties like Samedimanche, a 28 HOUR affair that runs from Saturday night until the early hours of Monday morning – try it if you dare!
Address: 69 Port De La Rapée, 75012 Paris
Djoon is a Persian word that can be translated as “soul” – very apt for this club! Located near the Seine, Djoon has welcomed many international stars including Lil’ Louis, Kerri Chandler and Black Coffee. It’s one of the best clubs in Paris for Afro-house sounds and plays a key role in raising the awareness of the genre.
Address: 22 boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris
Faust is a restaurant, club AND performance venue – check out the beautiful interior! It’s owned by the crew behind Showcase, a huge venue located a little further along the river, and its diverse offering makes it well equipped for fashion shows, bands and live performances, so whatever kind of night you want, Faust can offer it.
Address: Pont Alexandre III – Rive Gauche, 75007 Paris
Garage, an indoor/outdoor spot on the Seine, advocates a return to the essentials needed for an epic night out: an excellent sound system, sharp line-ups and a friendly atmosphere. Entry is usually only €5, making it a nice and cheap spot to hear music outdoors in the summer (if the weather permits!).
Address: 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge is a HUGE club and concert venue located in Pigalle with three separate spaces: a 750-seat concert hall, a 400-seat club AND an American bar with 250 seats – so wherever your night leads, it’s got you covered! It’s a lively, open-to-all venue that should not be missed by music lovers.
Address: 90 boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris
Started by Laurent Garnier in 1992, Rex Club is one of Paris’s oldest and most-loved spots for techno and house parties. The venue is kitted out with a fully lit stage, walls lined with booths and seating, and a dance floor that stretches all the way to the bar.
Address: 5 boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris
YoYo – Palais de Tokyo
YoYo is one of the best clubs in Paris if you want a bit of history and culture during your night of all-out partying. The club is located in an old art déco cinema in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum on the west side of Paris. This sprawling underground club is used for all kinds of different events, including fashion shows, exhibitions and club nights with quality artists.
Address: 13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris
Zig Zag is the new playground of Stephan and Tiboz, who launched the venue after three years handling art direction at Showcase. Located close to the Champs-Élysées, Zig Zag is huge space which can welcome 1,200 people with a huge central dance floor and a large mezzanine – try to keep hold of your mates.
Address: 32 rue Marbeuf, Paris 8
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