Le Sunset/Le Sunside, 1st Arr.
Tel: 33 1 40 26 46 60 (Sunset)
Tel: 33 1 40 26 21 25 (Sunside)
Metro: Châtelet-Les Halles
Concierge.com's insider take:
Paris is one of the few places in the world where people under 20 still proudly declare themselves "jazzophile" and where jazz clubs are plentiful, well-attended, and even fun. The Sunset/Sunside is certainly the most atmospheric—crepuscular and, yes, still smoky—with two clubs in one. The Sunset, started in 1983 in the vaulted cave under the original restaurant near Les Halles, showcases electronic jazz in its warren of rooms. The Sunside, replacing the former eatery, now hosts traditional acoustic jazz musicians. Their (slightly mystic) slogan is "Jazz on all floors for all jazz," and they mean it: The performers are a mix of local favorites and international headliners. There are shows at both venues on the weekends, but weekday performances tend to be held only at Sunside.