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Clubs might not be the city’s strongest suit, as in London or New York, but Paris’ scene is still worth exploring. Newer techno clubs attract French celebrities, while classics like the Ritz stay at the top with the best local DJs in town.

Paris Nightlife

Buddha Bar

A long-standing Parisian hotspot, this stylish restaurant and lounge, centered around a giant Buddha, is a favorite among the "see-and-be-seen" crowd - dress accordingly and prepare for costly cocktails.

8 Rue Boissy d'Anglais, 011-33-1-53-05-90-00, www.buddha-bar.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge

Harry's New York Bar

Once a Hemingway-haunt, this legendary watering hole's Old World ambiance and superlative cocktails tend to attract a sophisticated clientele. Rumor has it that the Bloody Mary was created here.

5 Rue Daunou, 011-33-1-42-61-71-14, www.harrys-bar.fr
Tags: nightlife | historic | things to do | culture | cocktails

Hotel Murano Bar-Lounge

This ultra-trendy (and ultra-pricey) lounge is a pilgrimage point for trendsters who down specialty cocktails in the colorfully mod space; DJs and a piano bar provide the tunes nightly.

13 Blvd. du Temple, 011-33-1-42-71-20-00, www.muranoresort.com
Tags: nightlife | expensive | trendy | dj

Lido

Forget the Moulin Rouge. Catch Paris' superlative cabaret show as it unfolds nightly (9:30 pm and 11:30 pm) on the Champs-Elysées; tickets to this feather-and-sequined spectacular include a half-bottle of champagne, although champagne-free "discount" tickets are sometimes available.

116 Bis Ave. des Champs-Elysées, 011-33-1-40-76-56-10, www.lido.fr
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge | open late | cabaret

Lionel Hampton Jazz Club

Paris flipped for jazz nearly a century ago and the affair is still going strong. Of the many jazz clubs in Paris, this one, named for the beloved American vibraphonist, is the best place to catch top international acts. The vibe is retro chic, with black-and-white photos of jazz legends lining the black walls.

Le Méridien Etoile, 81 Boulevard Gouvion-St-Cyr, 011-33-1-40-68-30-42, www.meridien.com
Tags: nightlife | open late | cocktails

Mandala Ray

Dance alongside beautiful people in Paris' trendiest nightclub just off the Champs-Elysées. With a Buddhist temple theme, the club owes some of its fanfare to celebrity owners Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, and Sean Penn.

32-34 Rue Marboeuf, 011-33-1-56-88-36-36
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | open late | celebrity hangout

Opera de la Bastille

The city's premier opera house opened in 1989 to mark the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. While its acoustics are superb, the boxy modern exterior failed to win over Parisian hearts. Reserve your tickets well in advance or try for a discount ticket sold before each show (standing room tickets are available 2 hours before curtain).

Place de la Bastille, 120 Rue de Lyon, 011-33-1-72-29-35-35, www.operadeparis.fr
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | things to do | culture | opera

Rex Club

King among Paris' many music venues, Rex keeps French techno music producer Laurent Garnier and other European DJs spinning into the wee hours.

5 Blvd. Poissonnière, 011-33-1-42-36-10-96
Tags: nightlife | nightclub

Ritz Bar

This dark, red velvet bôite is a favorite among celebrities and anyone looking for the perfect mix of Old World charm and perfect New World sounds. Top Paris DJs play electronica on most nights. It's easy to forget you're at one of Paris' most-storied hotels.

38 Rue Cambon, 011-33-1-43-16-33-65, www.ritzparis.com
Tags: nightlife | nightclub | celebrity hangout

The Hemingway Bar

Barman extraordinaire Colin Field makes some of the best cocktails in Paris at this storied, pocket-sized bar tucked at the back of the Ritz hotel. With wood-paneled walls decorated with photographs snapped by Papa Hemingway himself, this is a cozy place to settle into an easy chair and order a Lemon Charlie (limoncello and vodka, €30) or one of the other house specialties. Come later for prime celebrity spotting.

15 Place Vendôme, 011-33-1-43-16-33-65, www.ritzparis.com
Tags: nightlife | expensive | editor pick | lounge | things to do | open late | celebrity hangout | cocktails

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