The best dance bars in Paris

Get a drink and bust a move, all under one roof



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Le Zéro Zéro

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The human body really packs down: if you don’t believe us, just check out Zéro Zéro of a weekend. It’s a battle even to open the door to the bar, which squeezes an immoderate number of people into a few square metres. The only solution is to dance along with everybody else, while spilling as little as possible of one’s drink. But if things do go bottoms up and you soak a few shirts, there’s no reason to fear: everyone quickly lets go in this highly charged and

  1. 89 rue Amelot, 11e
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La Villette Enchantée

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Underneath the neo-industrial arches of Parc de la Villette’s Grande Halle (a former cattle market), La Villette Enchantée does indeed enchant – notably with its terrace, an elegant winter garden with tables and chairs that spill out on to the cobbles under its brightly lit roof. In summer, wooden garden furniture is spread out on the lawn so you can relax and soak up the sun. And at night (Thursdays to Sundays), DJs entertain with cutting-edge electro sets. French electro

  1. 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e
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Twenty One Sound Bar

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A hip-hop bar in Paris? The novel Twenty One Sound near Bastille is a temple to American hip-hop – both East and West coasts – but also of dance hall tunes and French rap. Numerous DJs take to the decks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, mixing old school sets and brand new tracks on the powerful sound system. Beautiful girls from the banlieues sway their hips on the dance floor, surrounded by equally beautiful men in an exotic, always friendly atmosphere. Sometimes, big

  1. 20 rue de la Forge Royale, 11e
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Le Floors

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Strolling at the base of the Montmartre mound, it’s hard to miss this bar, installed as it is in a pretty art deco building over three glass-fronted floors on the corner of two intersecting streets. Its pink neon lights give it a healthy glow, and its retro 50s American decoration and friendly staff are an invitation to take up position on the top floor and spend the day enjoying the view with a coffee. When evening comes, order a house cocktail (which vary according to which

  1. 100 rue Myrha, 18e
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Café Chéri(e)

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On summer afternoons, the terrace of Café Chéri(e) is an ideal spot to sip your drink, in red plastic chairs all turned towards the street, seeming expressly arranged for people-watching, paper-reading and sunbathing. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm til 2am, devoted DJs warm up the little dance floor with electro, rock, hip-hop, funk, indie and more. The nights are all different but work together as a whole, attracting a hip young crowd to what is essentially a

  1. 44 boulevard de la Villette, 19e
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Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud is like the rebellious little sister of Rue Oberkampf, full of tiny alternative bars favoured by young rockers and rowdy crowds. The UFO welcomes this scene with open arms and revolutionary caipirinhas (€3.50 during happy hour) alternated with whole rainbows of crazy shots as the night wears on. Once mostly rock, garage and punk, this bar now also delights its regulars with northern soul, ska and funk. On weekends, the DJs in the downstairs area send the

  1. 49 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 11e
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4 Eléments

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The latest addition to the very active Rue Amelot, the 4 Eléments is an electro bar-club whose DJs plays sets of minimal, house and techno. A rare 100% electro destination for clubbers, its specialised programme attracts a faithful crowd of devotees, who are also probably not averse to the free entry and the friendly bouncers. Other advantages: happy hour runs from 6pm to 9pm, and it’s open until 4am on weekends.There are always good temporary exhibitions of drawings or photos

  1. 149 rue Amelot, 11e
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Tape Bar

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To get away from the overloaded Rue de Lappe in the Bastille quarter, frequented by students and tourists, follow the Rue de la Roquette to a little bar that’s close by but a world away. Tape Bar recalls New York’s underground dive scene with its mix-tape, street-art feel, and is owned by friendly, dynamic young people who leave graffiti artists to express themselves on the walls and the DJs to mix mostly hip-hop and funk sets, with some dubstep, drum’n’bass and rock as

  1. 21 rue de la Roquette, 11e
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Here’s a new bar in an area, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, that’s becoming a more and more interesting alternative to Pigalle, Oberkampf and Bastille. The team managing the venue know what they’re doing, and the friendly welcome, comfy sofa, soft lighting and cheap Parisian beer (Gallia) encouraging chat and chance encounters. Even better is the busy event schedule, particularly the DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays that often feature big names like Teki Latex, Supa

  1. 17 rue de Mazagran, 10e
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Lizard Lounge

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A genial Marais bar with big windows that look out on to the street. Pushing open the door, you discover a bar full of ex-pats and Marais regulars all bundled together in an incomprehensible brouhaha. The menu is very Yankee, with XXL burgers, kangaroo steaks, pancakes and chicken, cheese and honey sandwiches. For Brits in search of a good beer selection this is a real find, with a long menu of imported bottles complemented by affordable house cocktails during happy hour.

  1. 18 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 4e
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