Jazz clubs and bars
From Saint Germain to Montmartre and Les Halles, Paris and jazz have quite a special relationship. Introduced to the city during the First World War, the history of jazz in Paris has given a vibrant scene to music lovers across the decades. This love affair continues, with the City of Light still charting as one of the best places to listen to live jazz music. From iconic jazz halls, to unknown jazz bars, we've rounded up the best jazz bars in Paris to sway along to a tune or two.
The best music venues in Paris
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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'.
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.