Cosmopolitan outings

Fancy drinking pale ale, dancing the salsa? Paris is the city that offers a thousand ways to party.

Bars

Sherry Butt, Paris

Pubs have become such a part and parcel of life in Paris that you’ll have no problem finding a British pub or expat bar. The oldest one, Harry’s Bar, is straight out of New York City: it is a cosy piano bar with hundreds of whiskies to choose from. If you’re looking for the convivial atmosphere of a bar showing live sports, The Great Canadian Pub or the James Hetfeeld Irish pub will be right up your street. Conversely, the Travellers Club has the hushed atmosphere of a British gentlemen’s club, and in fact this place is reserved for men only.

Spirits from around the world have places devoted to them in Paris. To sample a wide selection of Japanese saké, head to Maison du Saké: a shop and bar adjoining a Japanese restaurant. The Moscow-style Ikra is a bar for zakouskis – Russian tapas – where you can taste culinary specialities with shots of vodka in an elegant setting. Rum fans will definitely want to check out El Rancho Dominicano, a place with lush jungle decor in the heart of Paris. And to taste liqueurs from around the world, go to Sherry Butt, where the cocktails are cosmopolitan in more than name.

Concerts and shows

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Concerts, ballets, dance performances and theatre: Paris offers many opportunities to attend cultural events with an international flavour.

All year round, some museums and institutions and many cultural centres host cultural events to promote international cultures. The Institut du Monde Arabe regularly organizes concerts, shows and film screenings that highlight the creativity of the Arab world. The Philharmonie de Paris, the Seine Musicale and Maison de la Radio often invite some of the finest international orchestras and musicians to perform, and these are quite exceptional classical music events. The programming at the Maison de l’Argentine and the Maison de MAI transport spectators to South America. The Centre Mandapa showcases performing arts from around the world.

Many concert and show venues boast eclectic programming all year round, spotlighting creative talent from every continent. Some of the péniches – barges – moored along the Seine host concerts and parties with an international flavour, like the Péniche Anako, the Péniche Antipode and the Dame de Canton (a converted Chinese junk). World music also regularly features in the programming at the Cabaret Sauvage, the Elysée-Montmartre and the New-Morning. For bossa nova fans, there’s the Café-théâtre in the town of Thiais. The legendary Jazz Club Etoile also puts on concerts by world music heavyweights.

Parties and clubbing

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To party the Brazilian way in Paris, head for Favela Chic, the most popular place in town to dance until daybreak to Latino beats. The Buddha Bar takes you on an amazing journey into the multifaceted musical scene of the countries around the Pacific Rim

South American music fans take note: concerts, shows and Argentine tango lessons for beginners are regularly organized at La Casa del Tango. On Sunday evenings, the legendary bar/restaurant Barrio Latino is taken over by people dancing Puerto Rican style salsa. Every year, the Bellevilloise celebrates the Rio carnival in Paris by organizing its now-famous Avenida Brasil party. And the Diner-croisière-péniche de Joce on a barge include two exotic cabaret and dinner options: Paris-Caraïbes and Paris-Brazil.

Karaoke, that quintessentially Japanese form of entertainment, is very popular in Paris. The BAM Karaoke Box, the high-class karaoke in the Madeleine district, the Minato Bar, a Japanese cocktail bar, is a good place to belt out a song. Or you could opt for Kabe, a Korean restaurant where karaoke is also on the menu.

Philharmonie de Paris

Concert hall
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019
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The Philharmonie de Paris is the new musical heart of the capital. The new building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Beside......

Institut du monde arabe

Museum
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005
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A cultural bridge between France and the Arab world The Arab World Institute was founded in 1987 by France and the states of the......

BAM Karaoke Box

Disco and club
4 rue de Caumartin, Paris, 75009
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A new and innovative concept: 9 high-end private karaoke rooms and an elegant cocktail bar. Sing your playlist in unique......

Buddha-Bar

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
8-12 rue Boissy d'Anglas, Paris, 75008
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Since its creation in 1996, the Buddha-Bar Paris is a precursor of a true concept of Art of living. Restaurant, Lounge Cocktail......

La Seine Musicale

Concert hall
Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt, 92100

Located at the point of Île Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, this national and international music complex has many facilities.......

Maison de la Radio

Concert hall
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, Paris, 75016

An iconic venue since the 1960s, the Maison de la Radio is a highly famous building with a strong image. Located on the edge of......

Ikra

Traditional French cuisine
119 boulevard Raspail, Paris, 75006

The Franco-Russian coffee shop Ikra ("caviar" in Russian) has contemporary decor and is ideally located between Montparnasse,......

Sherry Butt

Bar
20 rue Beautreillis, Paris, 75003

Ideally situated in a small street at the bottom of the Marais, the Sherry Butt offers a tour of the world of liquor (56......

Péniche Antipode

Concert hall
55 quai de la Seine, Paris, 75019

Managed by the Abricadabra company, the Péniche Antipode is a multicultural place featuring a theatre, shows for children,......

La Dame de Canton

Concert hall
Port de la gare, Paris, 75013

Housed in a genuine Chinese junk boat moored along the Seine, La Dame de Canton is a lively and popular Paris entertainment......

Le cabaret sauvage

Concert hall
Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

The Cabaret Sauvage was created by Méziane Azaïche, and opened in December 1997 in the Parc de la Villette. Red velvet and wood,......

Élysée Montmartre

Concert hall
72 boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris, 75018

The Elysée Montmartre, located at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, has been, since its creation in 1807, a hot spot for a night......

New Morning

Concert hall
7-9 rue des Petites Écuries, Paris, 75010

Since 1981, New Morning, a jazz and world music club known for its specialized programme, has been offering music acts which are......

La Favela Chic

Disco and club
18 rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris, 75011

This restaurant and club will take you to exotic, tropical lands! Chef Benjamin Darnaud trained under Thierry Marx and Michel......

La Casa del Tango

Concert hall
11 allée Darius Milhaud, Paris, 75019

La Casa del Tango offers courses in Argentine tango, ran by Frédérique Behar, in her studio in the 19th arrondissement. In the......

The Shell

Bar | In a hotel
Hôtel Grands Boulevards - 17 boulevard Poissonnière, Paris, 75009

Situated on Paris' Grands Boulevards, The Shell offers cocktails - including its signature Old Cuban - with decor in rose hues......