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The French do love to faire la fête, but unlike their other Northern European confrères, they are rarely rowdy when drunk. It's worthwhile to consider that vices here are taken in appreciative doses—great wines and digestifs are meant to be sipped, not swilled. (Since a ban on smoking in cafés, restaurants, and bars went into effect on January 2, 2008, smokers must indulge outside.) And since the French take their passions seriously, the live music scene is small but rewarding.

For a taste of Paris after dark, start with cocktail at the Ritz's Hemingway Bar or a glass of wine on La Palette's terrace, then catch a live rock or pop act at Nouveau Casino. For a bigger night out, brave the velvet ropes of Le Baron or Neo. To hang with young locals, head for un-touristy Chez Jeannette or La Perle.

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La Palette, 6th Arr.

La Palette, located down a main artery of galleries in Saint Germain, is living proof that cafés are still at the heart of la vie parisienne. The walls...more

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La Perle, 3rd Arr.

At the epicenter of the "new" Marais (the northern end, where the galleries are), this bar and café has nothing specific to recommend it—neither...more

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La Société, 6th Arr.

If André owns the late-night scene, the Costes empire has pretty much locked down the city's hip eatery scene, like it or not (and there are vocal...more

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Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, 8th Arr.

When Patrick Jouin (protégé of design diva Phillipe Starck) introduced a bar carved in glass to look like ice in the cleverly renovated Plaza...more

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Le Baron, 8th Arr.

Just when you think this ex-bordello in the heart of the Eighth Arrondissement has had its day, it becomes popular again. There's something about the tiny space...more

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Le Fumoir, 1st Arr.

The Fumoir's bar may have been imported from Chicago, but the velvet curtains, lacquered walls, long windows, and easy arrangement of leather club chairs feel...more

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Le Sunset/Le Sunside, 1st Arr.

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,...more

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Le Tambour, 2nd Arr.

This open-late (until 6 am) restaurant with a covered terrace off the trendy Rue Montorgueil is decorated to look like a catch-all brocante, with all manner of...more

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Mathis, 8th Arr.

A hotel bar that feels more like a courtesan's sitting room, Mathis is a hidden spot where celebrities and well-heeled locals like to rub elbows, or even knees....more

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Moulin Rouge, 18th Arr.

Before Las Vegas, and even Ziegfeld, there was a time when a visit to Paris meant catching a "show"—where else could frothy underwear look like so much...more

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