Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Paris

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Le Glaz’art

This converted coach station is a temple of drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and dubstep, but it’s not all one note. You can shake your stuff to minimal techno and house beats, but also to groove, soul and rock concerts.It’s a lovely venue, with a concert stage and a bar with comfy sofas – it’s just a shame it’s lost in the depths of the 19th arrondissement, but that does mean that it draws an authentic underground crowd. There’s no Parisian hype here, but rather techno partygoers (‘teuffeurs’) out for the sound and nothing but the sound. They’re often drawn to Glazart by Jungle Juice (for those who love heavy basslines). In the summer, the outdoor area is transformed into a sandy beach with pastis, pétanque and merguez: a winning combination.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Le Zénith

State-of-the-art sound and credible bands make this the large venue of choice. Pete Doherty and the Pixies have all played here to full houses.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Le Bataclan

This distinctive venue, fashioned like a Chinese pagoda with a distinctive multi-coloured façade, first opened in 1864 and remains admirably discerning in its booking of rock, world, jazz and hip hop acts.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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La Flèche d’Or

This much-loved indie and electro venue, which reopened in November 2009 after a six-month shutdown, is set in the old Charonne train station - a quirky setting for concerts by a stream of local and international groups and DJs. Needless to say the line ups are eclectic, with three or four bands playing a night.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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La Maroquinerie

La Maroquinerie's former life as a leather factory is little in evidence these days. It's now a bright café and bar in competition with La Bellevilloise, with a coveted downstairs concert venue that hosts the odd literary debate and a wealth of cool music acts. It's home to the Inrocks Indie Club nights, but there are still traces of its world music roots.  The food is excellent - you can eat your way through the menu quite reasonably for around €25 - and wine sourced from across France starts at €3 a glass. The interior, with exposed brick, is cosy, and in summer chirpy locals invade the shaded terrace.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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New Morning

Jazz fans crowd into this hip, no-frills joint to natter, drink and boogie to the consistently excellent live music. Low key it may be but it's still worth looking out for the occasional A-lister - the likes of Spike Lee and Prince have been known to grace the New Morning with their presence as have Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Even when there's no star draw things rarely laps into MOR territory, New Morning plows a rather more specialised groove: think free jazz, fusion and funk.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Salle Pleyel

Home to the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France, the restored concert hall looks splendid. If the improved acoustics are only partially successful, the venue has nevertheless regained its status as the capital's leading concert hall for large-scale symphonic concerts, and should keep it until the completion of the city's new concert hall in 2012. Soloists read like a who's who of classical music, and this season includes an interesting series entitled Pollini Perspectives, which gives the great pianist free musical rein.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Le Cabaret Sauvage

A stylish, big top-shaped venue that's taken over by outside promoters for occasional club nights. There often used to be a world music element, but recently electronic and drum 'n' bass nights have begun to be held here, and, since the demise of Pulp, techno label Kill the DJ has started using the venue. Check the website for details of one-off nights.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Cinemas

Les Voûtes

Any self-respecting Parisian keeps their distance from the soulless stretch of development that surrounds the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, with one exception: Les Frigos ('The Refrigerator'), a former storage depot for refrigerated railway wagons, no less. Once the facility had been shut down and the refrigeration turned off, it wasn't long before destitute artists began to squat inside. By 1996, they'd also colonised its underground vaults; today, Les Voûtes has become an unlikely venue for concerts, exhibitions, and a whole lot of multidisciplinary artistic happenings. All in all, a great place to 'chill'.

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Garage MU

For want of a 'proper' concert venue, the Mu collective puts on its monthly music nights in its very own garage, where its members saw planks of wood and generally busy themselves with their artistic projects by day. The result is 'garage music' in a new sense of the term: an eclectic programme of rock and electro gigs set in a venue that's at once homely and very, very hipster.

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Le Chinois

The name of this Montreuil joint isn't an indicator of the kind of music you'll hear inside, but a reference to the Chinese restaurant that once occupied this spot. If anything, the programme at Le Chinois tends toward indie rock, and is particularly strong on young up-and-coming bands such as the Velvet Veins (who we've been raving about for some time now). Not the most eclectic of venues, then, but certainly one of the trendiest.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mains d’Oeuvres

A hub for fringe musical and performance activity just outside Paris, the Mains d'Oeuvres is a huge former leisure centre for car factory workers that provides rehearsal and performance space for bands and specialises in leftfield electro, rock mavericks and multimedia artists. It also frequently hosts the Festival des Attitudes Indé (end Sept-early Oct) – an indie music festival for up-and-coming bands. Occasionally the whole building is turned into a club venue, with rooms devoted to different music styles. Look for flyers or keep an eye on the website.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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