Unusual nightlife in Paris

Would you like to spend an evening full of surprises? Paris is full of exceptional venues for having a fun time!

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Offbeat nightspots in Paris © OTCP

Le Comptoir général: an exotic bar in the African style!

With its laid-back, tropical atmosphere, the Comptoir Général is like a retro bubble, reverting in time and space, with its liana vines, old photos of African leaders and other curiosities reminiscent of the décor of French trading posts in Africa. Spend the evening on a comfortable sofa, sipping a cocktail and listening to Afro music in the background. It’s the ideal place to escape from Paris for as long as it takes to have a drink!

La Vénus noire : bar in an old cellar

This very special place is tucked away at the far end of a little alley. It looks like a cave and is housed in an old Parisian mansion. This gay-friendly bar regularly holds LGBT evenings. People come to enjoy the cocktails based on green chartreuse. The events held here are eclectic, ranging from jazz evenings on Wednesdays to funk, clubbing and even literary evenings.

La Bellevilloise: bar, restaurant and cultural centre

This temple of multi-disciplinary culture offers a range of artistic activities and events. The programme combines “cafés concerts”, performances, creative displays, exhibitions and alternative film projections. You won’t get bored at the end of the week, if you make a date for an evening of Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Reggae or even World Music.

Chez Bouboule: a bar in which you can play pétanque

Forget the weather, drink a glass or two here in good humour while joining in a game of pétanque on a sandy bowling ground that is better than outdoors. In this special, friendly atmosphere, you can spend some quality time, enjoying a glass of beer or a cocktail with accompanying plates of delicatessen and cheeses – such a typically “French” way to spend an evening!

Maison Souquet: an intimate bar in a former house of ill repute

Plongez dans le Pigalle canaille de la fin du XIXème siècle avec cet endroit de charme ! Dans son salon des Milles et une Nuits décoré par le célèbre Jacques Garcia, on trouve une large sélection de cocktails exclusifs et très floraux dont les noms font référence à d'anciennes courtisanes, mais aussi des apéritifs oubliés, des liqueurs inégalables et de belles cuvées à découvrir.

La REcyclerie: eco-responsible Bar hidden away in a former train station

With its city farm and kitchen garden, this is a real oxygen bubble, an environmental initiative. The venue has taken over a former railway station that it has transformed into a lifestyle setting based on recycling and sustainable principles. Relax on the brightly coloured chairs and enjoy a glass of wine on tap made by one of the small French wine-makers. There are lots of exciting events, such as “Swap Parties”, discussions and debates, film showings and meetings of all kinds.

Zéro de conduite: a cocktail bar with a “return to childhood” atmosphere

The name “zéro de conduite” is the French term for a black mark for bad behaviour at school. People who miss their childhood will love the return to a fun and lively time at the bar. You order by writing on a plastic slate and you have to draw the character of your choice. Your drink will then be served to you in a feeding bottle! Play board games here with your friends and take part in lots of events of the Disney blind-test type, the winners being rewarded with lollipops!

Lavomatic: speakeasy in a launderette

To gain access to this secret hideaway, you have to go through a washing machine that conceals a door that you enter by pressing a button. This reveals a staircase leading to a little bar that is as cosy as it is incongruous. When you finally arrive, you will be greeted with surprising cocktails made from clever, tasty combinations. It’s great fun to sit on the swings and drink in the warm atmosphere and brightly coloured decor.

Le Lipstick: a former sleazy dive, now converted into a temple of mixology

Once upon a time this was a hostess bar but all that remains of its past is the decor and the intimate atmosphere. Le Lipstick is now famous in the world of mixology for its cocktail creations. We even suggest that you design your own cocktail to fit in with your mood, and you can do so at a reasonable price. Take advantage of the happy hour that lasts until late (until 10.00 p.m.) and the club that is open until 5.00 a.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

Germain & Club Paradisio: a club inside a cinéma

Once the week-end has begun, the MK2 Germain Paradisio cinema reveals its screen and is transformed into a secret and intimate night club. Whether you are here to sip a glass of champagne or let off steam on the dance floor, you are welcome until dawn. It is not unusual to meet famous actors, elegant Parisians or celebrities from the world of fashion who flock here every week-end.