2016 is over. And thank god for that. End it with a bang with our selecton of the biggest, best and most bonkers NYE activities in Paris. Whether you’re after a rave in an aquarium, a night of Colombian cumbia or a titillating soirée at a legendary cabaret, our guide will show you the way. But if you'd prefer to eat yourself into a happy stupor this NYE, check out the finest dinner options in the capital instead.
How to spend your New Year’s Eve 2016 in Paris
Party until dawn
How much? €15-20
If there’s anyone who knows how to party, it has to be Camion Bazar. For NYE, the nuttiest pair in the business are leaving their disco-mobile behind to put on an extra special night at Badaboum. From the cocktail bar to the club to the back office, Maman Bazar will transform Badaboum into one giant playground, while Papa Bazar and his friends will be keeping our ears busy from 11pm until…10am!
Ring in 2017 to the sound of drums as if you were on Copacabana beach as Avenida Brasil and Noites do Brasil put Brazilian culture and music in the spotlight at the marvellous Cabaret Sauvage. Plates of salgadinhos and caïpirinhas will be doing the rounds as dancers, singers, percussionists and musician keep things going from 10pm until dawn. With Roda Do Cavaco, Timbo, Batuk'Nagô, DJ Tom B. and DJ Micmag.
Where? La Bellevilloise
How much? €37
This year, much like every year, you are invited to dance the night away at the welcoming, warm-hearted La Bellevilloise. Swing, Cumbia, Balkan and tropical beats; there’s enough genres to keep you busy in all four rooms until the early hours. With Hot Sugar Band, Cumbia Y Cardon, Carlos Miguel Trio, Brotherswing, Original Batichica and more.
When? 10pm-2pm the next day
How much? €20 on the door
Concrete is the number one choice if you want to go big. Very big. From 10pm to 2pm the day after, Neel, Jane Fitz, Freddy K, and Anetha b2b AWB will take control of this hedonistic party barge, and introducing a few surprise guests on the heated terrace.
When? 7pm for dinner or 10pm-midday on January 1 2017
How much? €18-22 (club + afterparty) or €72 (meal + club + afterparty) or €10 for just the afterparty
Now is not the time to start making resolutions. At least, not before Batofar’s NYE party. The wildest red boat in Paris invites the label Livity Sound with Kowton, Peverelist, Simo Cell and Hodge on the decks. The Duracell bunnies among you can keep it going with the Discomatin crew, taking the reins from 6am to noon. Extra sustenance comes in the form of an early evening dinner for those who want it.
Where? Rex Club
How much? €21.70
The unparalleled Rex Club is hosting a takeover by the label Jennifer Cardini Correspondant, with Red Axes, Javi Redondo and of course, Jennifer Cardini on the decks. There’s no doubt about it, come January 1 2017 – you’ll be deaf in both ears, but more than satisfied.
When? 29-31 December from 9pm until dawn
How much? On NYE 9pm-11pm entry €40 in advance or €45, including food and two glasses of champagne; or after midnight €25 in advance or €30 on the door
For the last few days of the year, the new artistic and alternative clubbing destination hosts Charlie Le Mindu, an artist-designer obsessed by hair. A festive and fantastical programme awaits, with performances, parades, concerts, and DJ sets. And for NYE, food is provided.
Where? Point Éphémère
How much? €21.20 in advance
In partnership with FM Airlines, the magazine Kiblind is offering “a new experience: a flight with 4 stopover, 4 time zones and 4 parties in 4 corners of the world.” Between Moscow, Paris, Dakar and Rio, expect a jet-setting adventure including DJ sets, karaoke, videos and projections.
When? Aquarium de Paris
How many? From €49
Sipping on bubbles (almost) under the sea is pretty neat way to see in 2017. l'Aquarium de Paris offers a nightclub area where you can do exactly that - danse in front of 600,000 litres of water filled with exotic fish and sharks, just underneath the Eiffel Tower, from 10pm until dawn.
How much? Entry + 3 drinks + viennoiseries: €45; entry + 10 drinks + viennoiseries: €55 in advance
Dust off your bucket hats and dungarees, people. The Globo is all going all nineties and offering a nostalgic journey from 1980 to 1990 between 10pm and 6am.
How much? €26 in advance including a drink
The left bank club, which is covered from floor to ceiling in lights, hosts the Lyon-based produced Agoria plus Californian producer Eagles & Butterflies. Guaranteed to pop off.
Where? La Rotonde Stalingrad
How much? €9 in advance
A nice smorgasbord of our favorite big hitters from the Parisian club scene: Gabriel of D.KO, Behzad and Amarou from Concrete, Clouclou of La Mamie's, Aurele from Cracki and even Royer from Lobster Theremin. Big sounds in a neoclassical gem.
Where? Bus Palladium
How much? €49 entry + 3 drinks or €59 entry + 10 drinks
For one night only, take the Bus Palladium time machine back to the eighties. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Tears for Fears, Rita Mitsouko, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure – expect all your favourite tunes. Get in the shots and roll out your eighties dance moves... As for what to wear, you shouldn’t be stuck for ideas.
Where? Café de la Presse
How much? €20
Le Café de la Presse is set to launch you into a disco jungle for this NYE. Spend all night dressed head-to-toe in sequins at this Bastille joint, on a glowing dance floor complete with a disco ball, a make-up artist and party favour giveaway. Fancy dress is a must!
How much? Entry + 2 drinks + open bar from midnight to 1am: €50 in advance
Chez Papillon are giving face and eye masks to recreate a real Venetian ball. The perfect evening for those who prefer an air of mystery, sipping champagne and grooving to chart toppers.
Listen to live music
Where? La Sainte-Chapelle
How much? €33-44
Gather to listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, played by the Solistes Français orchestra, with Paul Rouger on the violin to finish off the evening. You’re guaranteed to get goosebumps in the magnificent stained glass Sainte-Chapelle church.
When? From 10pm
Where? New Morning
How much? €20-50
New Morning, this mythical Parisian jazz address, mixes live performances and DJ sets for an NYE a cut above the rest. There’ll be all the golden oldies, plus soul, funk, groove, R&B, disco and classic motown; the crème de la crème from the seventies to the present day. The event is let by the In Funk We Trust group and RoofTop.
When? From 10pm
Where? Caveau de la Huchette
How much? €25
Once again, the Caveau de la Huchette welcomes the singer and saxophonist Drew Davis, who will play his swing repetoire to take you straight back to the era of the Cotton Club. From 10pm until dawn.
Where? Eglise de la Madeleine
How much? €33-55
On December 31, l'église de la Madeleine welcomes le Chœur Sacré de Paris, l'Ensemble Atout Chœur and French Chamber Orchestra to play compositions by Mozart, Vivaldi and Handel. Expect high emotions from 8.30pm.
See a show
Where? Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
How much? €15-80
Indulge in an evening of flamenco with the dancer and choreographer Sara Baras’ show 'Voces, anthologie' on the evening of the 31st at the théâtre des Champs-Elysées.