André's Paris, Paris
28 Rue St. Benoit
Tel: 33 1 44 39 71 00
Metro: St.-Germain-des-Prés or Mabillon
54 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Tel: 33 1 45 26 64 64
49 Rue de Ponthieu
Tel: 33 1 43 59 21 13
Metro: Franklin Roosevelt
12 Rue de la Fidélité
Tel: 33 1 47 70 19 34
Metro: Gare du Nord
Concierge.com's insider take:
Paris nightlife belongs to graffiti-artist-turned-club-impresario André and a close circle of friends known simply as "la clique." The founders of the perennially chic and hard-to-access Le Baron are the same people behind Le Montana, which in 2009 was arguably the hottest ticket in town. During fashion week, this boîte is packed to its vaulted ceilings with models and boldfaced actors taking turns playing DJ, and even when the collections are over, the door policy is draconian, so mere mortals shouldn't even try. Instead, consider the former lesbian cabaret Chez Moune. The Art Deco interior remains intact, and despite the club's newfound heterosexuality, the ambience is très Pigalle—you'll take to the disco/electro dance floor alongside the occasional transvestite. Another successful resurrection is Chez Régine, an institution whose heyday harks back to the 1970s. The mirrored walls remain, the decor is updated '30s cabaret, and it's slightly bigger and therefore easier to get into than Le Montana. For late-night eaters, Chez Régine has requisitioned the Reginette pizza parlor next door (although no one goes for the food). La Fidélité, however, a restaurant and bar in the unlikely tenth arrondissement, serves decent brasserie fare in an exceptional turn-of-the-century setting. It's considered a must among the see-and-be-seen set, which makes for entertaining people-watching.
Le Montana open Mondays through Saturdays 7 pm to dawn.
Chez Moune open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 pm to dawn.
Chez Régine open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 pm until dawn.
La Fidélité open Mondays through Saturdays 12 to 3 pm and 8 pm to midnight.