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The 12 best clubs in Paris

From warehouse raves to rooftop bars and jazz nights to hip hop, here's where to boogy all night in Paris

Written by
Sam Bradpiece
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Paris’s clubbing scene hasn’t always had the best reputation, and ten years ago, early curfews and strict sound controls near killed it off completely. But thankfully, its hardcore party-goers refused to give up, and the legendary Concrete (though it closed its doors in 2019), opened the door for new, fresh nightlife in the French capital.  

Now, some of Paris's clubs rival the likes of Berlin and Budapest, from repurposed floating péniches to giant disused warehouses extra-muros. Parties carry on into the early hours, and you’ll get great cocktails, good music and majestic views that you’ll be shouting about for years to come. Here are our picks of the best clubs in Paris. 

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This guide was written by Sam Bradpiece, who was previously based in Paris. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Best clubs in Paris

  • Clubs
  • House, disco and techno
  • 18e arrondissement

Fan of music’s harsher incarnations? La Station’s got you. Tucked inside a former coal station just beyond the Périph’, this leftfield clubbing spot boasts several stages inside and out, and doubles as an exhibition space by day. The programme, by Collectif MU, takes in everything from straight-up techno to hardcore punk.

Let’s be honest, Concrete was a tough act to follow – not to mention its 50-hour-long closing night. But temporary venue Dehors Brut, opened by the same team in 2019, has already earned a stellar reputation. Set alongside some disused train tracks in the 12th arrondissement, this 5,000-square-metre space won’t be open for ever. Until then, big-name line-ups and a monumental sound system make it a must-visit.

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  • Clubs
  • Sentier
  • price 2 of 4

Temporarily closed. Reopening September 2023. 

For more than 40 years, this club beneath the historic Grand Rex cinema has drawn the cream of electronic music from around the world. An early stomping ground for French pioneers like Laurent Garnier and Daft Punk, the Rex Club still puts on some of the city’s best nights. Want to truly immerse yourself in the sound? A quality 70-speaker set-up makes that an inevitability.

  • Music
  • Music venues
  • 13e arrondissement
  • price 2 of 4

Nothing beats partying until the sun comes up – especially when the views are this good. Anchored on the Seine in the south-east of Paris, this scenic spot is a restaurant, rooftop bar and 450-capacity music venue in one. Concerts take in live rock and metal, experimental electronic music and reggae, while the club nights are among the capital’s most eclectic. Try to catch one of the city’s many groundbreaking DJ collectives.

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Formerly a zouk club with a focus on French Antillean music, Sierra Neon is one the city’s most talked-about queer venues. And for good reason. The line-ups, put together by promoters BNK and the La Toilette techno collective, are totally brilliant and predictably out-there. Expect cutting-edge electronic music, extravagant get-ups, and lots and lots of glitter.

  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Ménilmontant
  • price 2 of 4

This small venue in the 20th packs a hefty punch. If hip-hop, soul and funk are your jam, the eclectic line-up at La Bellevilloise is bound to appeal. Come early and you may find they’ve got live jazz or world music on; come late for a boogie and you’ll probably keep going until 6am. We like Classics Only, the ideal night for those who aren’t into much music released post-2000.

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Le Carmen
  • Music
  • Saint-Georges
  • price 2 of 4

It’s in this rococo hidey-hole that Georges Bizet composed his famous opera. Velvet drapery, a huge golden cage and outsize mirrors hint at the building’s past as a Pigalle maison close. Today, though, Le Carmen fills up with slebs, influencers and other beautiful-looking types as resident DJ Adnane spins hip-hop classics from midnight.

  • Clubs
  • Roquette
  • price 2 of 4

With a look that’s part cosy Paris apartment and part old-school cocktail den, this bar-restaurant is certainly a stylish place to see and be seen. It’s also good if you like a little dance – the venue hosts top-notch indie rock gigs and disco and house nights in the basement. In-your-face light displays and a high-quality sound system make 400-capacity Badaboum easily the best place to party near Bastille.

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  • Clubs
  • Abbesses
  • price 2 of 4

As La Locomotive, this venue played host to the likes of the Beatles, David Bowie and the Who. Bought by the Moulin Rouge in 2010, it’s since been transformed into a three-floor mega-club known for its eclectic live music bookings and all-night parties – from the self-explanatory We Are The ’90s throwback to raves curated by local collective La Mamie’s. La Machine du Moulin Rouge may be massive, but get down early, as the rooms fill up fast.

In the early evening, the Supersonic puts on live indie rock shows for free, with a line-up that spans both French and international acts. At the weekend, the venue stays open until 5am for its Nuits Hippies and Wipe Out!, the ’60s-themed party that promises to take you back to ‘Swinging London’. It’s open seven days a week, and entry is free, except on weekends, when it's €5 from 11pm to 2am and then €10 until 6am. 

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  • Music
  • 10e arrondissement
  • price 1 of 4

Tucked at the back of a superb Art Deco building, La Java has been a staple of the Paris clubbing circuit since the ’30s. Dark, sweaty and incredibly popular with locals, the club’s soundtrack is a real hodgepodge, ranging from classic cheese to garage rock to Balkan electro-swing. Frankly, it ain’t that cool – and the floors are pretty sticky – but the French capital offers few funner nights out than this.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • 19e arrondissement

From the impressive line-up of stoner, metal and space rock gigs to its all-night dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and psy-trance parties, Le Glazart sure does like its musical extremes. Located in a former bus station in north-east Paris, the music venue-cum-club turns a little more wholesome in summer, converting as it does the large outdoor area into an urban ‘beach’ complete with sand, deckchairs and cocktails.

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