Entertainment in Paris

Cinema, Nightclubs in Paris

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Paris has a number of cinemas featuring mainstream, foreign language and arthouse films. There are over 100 movie theaters to choose from with many options for the local and expat community. English-language films are displayed with "VO" (version originale). Ticket prices are usually about €10 (student discounts and specials on Sunday "séances de matin").

For French-language listings of all movies in the region, use Cinéfil, Officiel des Spectacles, and Paris-Premiere.

  • La Cinémathèque Française - A legendary institution in the Paris film world. Located in a Frank Gehry building on the left-bank, it is known for it's revivals, thematic festivals, and directorial tributes. It also houses a large cinema history museum.
  • Le Champo - Located in the Latin Quarter, this cinema is a favorite among students. It has programmed hommages to Woody Allen, Nouvelle Vague cinema of the 60's, Tim Burton, Claude Chabrol, and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Le Reflet Medicis - Just next door to the Champo, this is another Latin Quarter favorite. It is actually three distinct theaters with film noir revivals, independent cinema, and original-version films in English.
  • La Pagode - This beautifully designed theater appears as a Chinese pagoda. Located in the 7th arrondissement, this unique venue is extremely charming. It shows revivals, thematic festivals, English-language contemporary and historic films in Original Version.
  • Mk2 - Sister cinemas of Mk2 Quai de Seine and Mk2 Quai de Loire, they are located across a canal in Northeastern Paris. With your movie ticket, you can be shuttled in a tiny white boat across the canal. English-language films a café, restaurant, and multimedia shopping area can be found here.
  • Centre Georges Pompidou Cinemas -Located in the modern Centre Georges Pompidou in central Paris, this cinema offers tributes to great directors.


Paris offers a unique nightlife experience with intimate venues and world class experiences. Get ready for a faire la fête (party)!

    Tips to gain entry
  • Don't try to enter as a large group. Break up into smaller groups if there are 5+
  • Know the style of the club you are going to and dress for it. Being "too dressed up" might also be undesirable.
  • Men have more trouble getting in so try to balance your group with more women than men.
  • Bring cash. Covers can range from €12 - 20 (usually includes a drink)


Oberkampf - Catering to the trendy Parisian crowd (bobos for bohemian-bourgeois),), the Oberkampf district has some of the coolest spots, but can often be overcrowded.
Café Charbon - (109 rue Oberkampf) Reigning hipster favorite
Nouveau Casino - (109 rue Oberkampf) A favorite for concerts, this dance/concert hall features indie rock and electronica.
Grenier - (152 rue Oberkampf) Tiny dive bar with live bands.
Bataclan - (Boulevard Voltaire) Once the pinnacle of hip, this is still a great place for a late night visit.

Montmartre - This hilltop neighborhood specializes in cozy cafés and the world famous Moulin Rouge. The area around rue des Abbesses near the Métro is especially popular. Pigalle is known as Paris's seedy sex center.
Moulin Rouge - (82 Boulevard de Clichy) One cannot talk about Montmartre without mentioning the legendary Moulin Rouge and it's famous can-can.
La Fourmi - (74 Rue des Martyrs) This alternative site is favored among Paris's arty crowd.

Bastille - Overcrowded, intense, and vibrant, Bastille is occupied by 20-somethings looking to party. It contains nightclubs, dive bars, and music venues.
Sans Sanz - (49 rue du Faubourg St. Antoine) This club hits the bordello vibe and features a variety of DJs.
La Balajo - (9 rue de Lappe) Known for it's salsa nights, this large club offers the exotic.
Les marcheurs de planete - (73, Rue de la Roquette) A classic French wine bar has good prices and atmosphere.

Place Vendome and Faubourg St. Honoré - This is the area for the rich and wannabe famous. Excellent people-watching takes place during the day and night with fashionistas and celebrities strutting the streets and the clubs.
The Hemingway Bar - (15 Place Vendome) The world-famous Ritz bar really was frequented by Ernest Hemingway. It's history is on display in this upscale, scholarly environment with elegantly dressed clientele.

Champs-Elysées - This area is best known for it's sights, but there are delights to be found of the nightlife variety. An exclusive atmosphere, this area caters to the visiting throngs. Dress Parisian chic to get in the door.

L'Arc - (12, rue de Presbourg, Paris 75116) This chic night club in the city-centre is the place for Paris's beautiful people. A good place to catch a glimpse of an international celebrity, there is disco, Electro and pop music.
VIP Room - (188 bis, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75008) A celebrity spotting club, Take That and Madonna have launched albums here. Even the DJs are celebrities here.
Cab - (2, place du Palais Royal, Paris 75001) A sophisticated club only accessible by the Louvre, they host 70s and 80s revivals, modern pop and R&B.
Le Queen - (102 avenue des Champs-Elysees) Gay club in the heart of the city.
Showcase - (Pont Alexandre III, Paris 75007) This unique nightclub is inside an old boat hangar under the Champs Elysées' Alexandre III bridge. It features great views of the Seine.

Jardin des Plantes - In the 5th arrondissement, this area is known for gardens during the day but it's location on the Left Bank is a great place for the lively Montparnasse district.
Batofar - (11, quai François Mauriac, Paris 75013) This club is truly unique in that it is a floating dance floor in the up-and-coming Bibliothèque Nationale quarter. Electro, house, techno and jazz to funk, rock, soul and indie music are all on play.

Marais - This historic area of Paris is a dynamic nightspot with a thriving gay and lesbian scene.
Amnesia - (42 rue Vielle du Temple) Vibrant gay bar mixing disco, funk, and soul.
3W Café - (8 Rue des Ecouffes) A popular lesbian bar, this place has become an institution.

Belleville - The birthplace of the legendary Edith Piaf, this working-class district offers a growing network of bars and clubs. Belleville specializes in the grittier side of nightlife.
La Java - (105 rue Faubourg du Temple) This is the site of Edith Piaf's debut.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Tourists and students often gather here. Wile there are many options, prices tend to be higher for the convenience.
Coolin - (15 rue Clement) This Irish bar offers a pub atmosphere and an authentic Irish setting.
Les Etages - (5 Rue de Buci) A low key bar that avoids the tourist trappings of other places in the neighborhood.

For even more options, consult the Vox guide to nightlife.

Update 13/02/2013


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Parties for foreigners in Paris

Every wednesday SIX SEVEN CLUB at champs elysees; 65-67 rue Pierre Charron, organizes Parties for all of you who lives, studies, works or just visiting Paris!

FREE ENTRANCE upon presentation of a foreign ID and a FREE COSMOPOLITAN COCKTAIL for all the ladies until 2 AM!

Metro: Line 1 to Franklin D Roosevelt.

For more information: malin.cosmopolitanplace@hotmail.com or at
+33 6 37 28 16 75

Hope to see you there!



Silhouette festival
The Sixth manifestation of the Silhouette Festival will take place from the 2nd to the 9th of September in the Buttes Chaumont Park, located in the heart of 19th arrondissement of Paris. Eight “open-air” and free entry evenings of short films will be the occasion for all the publics to discover and re-discover an unrecognized but fascinating format. As from its beginnings, the Silhouette Festival will propose firstly a musical program at 20.00 with a concert, followed by the film showings at 21.30.
Culture, discovery, fun, young people, relaxed and festive atmosphere: an exploding mix to spend a fabulous week before a new working-year!

 Richard Booth


radio in English in Paris
Paris Live Radio has recently begun operations in Paris and is the first and only radio in France brodcasting only in English.

Paris Live has plenty of live shows featuring anglophones living in Paris. The radio is full of information about what's on in and around Paris, Paris news, competitions with free tickets to local attractions and call-in shows to discuss the expatraite life in Paris and France.

Paris Live broadcasts via the web www.parislive.fm , cable and satellite Canal Sat, NC Numericable, Noos and DAB, radio band LG.

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