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Paris nightlife

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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André's Paris, Paris

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...more

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Au Pied de Cochon, 1st Arr.

During the day, Au Pied de Cochon looks like a tourist trap—a typical Belle Époque brasserie with a multilingual menu of standard fare. Late at...more

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Batofar, 13th Arr.

Housed in a restored bateau-feu—a boat used to patrol waters after dark—tethered to the Left Bank of the Seine near the Bibliothèque...more

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Chez Jeannette, 10th Arr.

Not long ago, this corner bar and café on gentrifying Rue Faubourg St. Denis felt like an outtake from a Jean-Paul Belmondo film, with dingy red...more

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Curio Parlor, 5th Arr.

Inconspicuous on the outside—look for the stuffed raccoon in the window—this latter-day speakeasy and cabinet of curiosities is the brainchild of the...more

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Experimental Cocktail Club, 2nd Arr.

Those who seek shall find: Only a gold plaque on an unobtrusive facade off the bustling pedestrian Rue Montorgueil will confirm that you've arrived at the...more

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Gay and Lesbian Nightlife in Paris

Queen is still the mother ship of gay nightlife in Paris, a giant dance palace on the Champs Elysées that feels like you've walked straight into a disco...more

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Hemingway Bar, 1st Arr.

The library-paneled and pouffy-chaired Hemingway is tucked away at the back of the Ritz and widely considered the best place to get a cocktail in Paris. Its top...more

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Hotel Amour, 9th Arr.

Tucked on a quiet street close to Pigalle, just off the bobo-chic Rue des Martyrs, this hotel bar (and the hotel itself) takes the red-light district as its...more

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La Guinguette de L'Île du Martin-Pêcheur, Champigny-sur-Marne

Les guinguettes, dance hall-restaurants along the Marne, have been in existence since the 18th century, immortalized by Renoir in his paintings of frothy...more

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