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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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Showcase, 8th Arr.

Arriving at Showcase is nine tenths of the pleasure. As its nickname—Sous le Pont Alexandre III—tidily notes, the club is under this 19th-century...more

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Paris Social Club, 2nd Arr.

Paris Social Club's entrance on a corner of Rue Montmartre (one of the second arrondissement's bar-and-restaurant blocks) is unannounced—but that's because...more

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Nouveau Casino, 11th Arr.

One of Paris's most appealing nightspots, this live music venue hosts crowded dance parties and books international rock and pop groups and up-and-coming local...more

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Neo, 8th Arr.

On Rue de Ponthieu, a main after-dark drag lined with velvet ropes and doormen, nightclubs rarely last from one ready-to-wear collection to the next. Neo,...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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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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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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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 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 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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