Fathom Favorites : Paris Nightlife

1. Bar Hemingway

Bar Hemingway

The Ritz is back, as is the epic Bar Hemingway, along with the Papa memorabilia — the typewriters, the letters, the photos. This is the most wonderful, overpriced tourist trap in town for a Certain Kind of Paris Lover. Don't fight it — everyone ends up here. Happily.

15 Place Vendôme
Paris, 75001

2. Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

ECC, the team behind favorite spots like Restaurant Bachaumont and Grand Pigalle Hotel, ushered in a new wave of craft cocktail culture in the city. See where it all started in the second arrondissement speakeasy with black chesterfields, chandeliers hanging from wooden beams under tin-pressed ceilings, and chill vibes from the live DJs.


37 Rue Saint-Sauveur
Paris, 75002

3. Le Perchoir

Le Perchoir

See Paris from above at this laid-back rooftop bar in the 11th arrondissement. Good food and chill vibes make it a great place to catch the sunset or dance the night away under the full moon.

14 Rue Crespin du Gast
Paris, 75011

4. Le Comptoir Général

Le Comptoir Général

A bar/restaurant/shop/museum in a remarkable space focusing on Francophone African and Caribbean culture. Young Parisians come here for the great cheap drinks, the comfy couches and cozy atmosphere, and the frequent concerts from world musicians.


80 Quai de Jemmapes
Paris, 75010

5. Lulu White

Lulu White

Look for a small brass engraving of a lady’s face (the bar's infamous namesake from NOLA) on Rue Frochot to enter. Absinthe is in all the cocktails in the Art Deco space, and Tuesdays mean live music.

12 Rue Frochot
Paris, 75009

6. Mathis Bar

Mathis Bar

Enter through a discreet door next to the Hotel Mathis entrance. If you can, that is. It's almost impossible to get in, thanks to regulars packing the place. But if you do, settle down for a fun night of people-watching and celebrity-spotting from the plush red velvet benches under the Art Nouveau chandelier.

3 Rue de Ponthieu
Paris, 75008

7. La Palette

La Palette

How is it that people of all ages have the same reaction to this place? "La Palette? I used to love going there!" It’s still going strong — inside in the colder months, outside in warmer weather — from breakfast until the wee small hours, from citron pressé to countless bottles of chablis.


43 Rue de Seine
Paris, 75006


8. Candelaria


Tequila in Paris? Yes, tequila in Paris. And although one could argue a taco is but a Mexican take on a crêpe, a spot at the secret bar at the back of restaurant with a kicky cocktail and side of guac and chips is what this spot is all about.


52 Rue de Saintonge
Paris, 75003

9. Glass


An American bar in Pigalle. Imported beer, artisanal hot dogs, and disco balls draw a cheeky crowd. Craft cocktails take the place of the usual glass of wine. Everyone seems to be having a grand old time!


7 Rue Frochot
Paris, 75009

10. Le Mary Céleste

Le Mary Céleste

Even locals who line up early still squeeze in at the bar for Brooklyn draft brews, freshly shucked oysters, and always-changing small plates with a slight Asian influence. Cocktails are a must.

1 Rue Commines
Paris, 75003

11. Le Fumoir

Le Fumoir

A centrally located bar and restaurant where the clink of glasses is continuous and buzzy business chatter fills the room from the moment the sun begins to go down. A stiff martini and salty peanuts at the bar is a popular after work salut.

6 Rue de L'Amiral de Coligny
Rome, 75001

12. Silencio


At his Montmartre nightclub, David Lynch draws inspiration from his Mulholland Drive's Club Silencio. Located in an equally storied building, the club is filled with intimate spaces like a library, a smoking room, a tiny gallery, and a 24-seat cinema. Lynch has a hand in everything, from the specially designed 1950s-style furniture to the dynamic programming bringing in some of the edgiest names in the art world. Silencio is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from midnight till late.

142 Rue Montmartre
Paris, 75002

13. Concrete


A dance club on a boat on the Seine with a rotating list of DJs and musicians playing from 7 a.m. until late. The club's cultish following makes getting in challenging, but always worth it.

Port de la Rapée
Paris, 75012