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Rewind ten years, and strict sound controls and early curfews had all but killed off everything that was great about nightlife in the French capital. The future wasn’t looking very rose. But in a brilliant feat of after-hours entrepreneurship, Paris’s clubbing scene has a swing in its step once again. And the city’s grand going-out renaissance pretty much has one venue to thank. Concrete may have closed its doors in 2019, but that Quai de la Rapée mega-club fast became a true destination, almost rivalling Berlin’s Berghain in rep, mystique and programming scope. Today its spirit lives in the whole host of brilliant venues that followed in its wake. From repurposed floating péniches to giant disused warehouses extra-muros to the Concrete team’s highly promising latest venture, you needn’t look far to find excellent nights out stretching well into the wee hours. These, we reckon, are the best clubs in Paris right now.
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