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Paris Nightlife – Clubs, Bars & Nightlife Tips

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Paris Nightlife

A bustling city in itself, Paris seems to come to life once the sun goes down. With seemingly endless possibilities to enjoy the nightlife, we have put together a short list of the more popular nightlife sites when visiting Paris, France.

Moulin Rouge

Built in 1885 and converted to a dance hall in 1900, the Moulin Rouge is world famous for its cabaret shows and can-can dancers. Shows are packed full of action with acrobatic skills, songs, and of course, dance. Tickets on average are about $170 USD per person to attend an evening show. Be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance because the shows will sell out quickly. You also have the option to purchase dinner with your show ticket for an extra $100 USD per person. Be sure to dress up in at least business casual attire before entering the Moulin Rouge. People who are inappropriately dressed for the show will not be admitted.

Buddha Bar

It is best to make reservations well ahead of time before going to this famous club. Normal wait times if you do not have a reservation have been known to exceed 2.5 hours to wait for a table. The restaurant and club is almost always filled and is known for its lively atmosphere and fun, funky music. Cocktails at the Buddha Bar can be quite pricey. Expect to pay about $25 USD for a cocktail. Dining prices are even higher than normal, but well worth the price. The dress code is described as smart and sexy with no faded jeans or sneakers. One word of caution is that it can be a bit tricky trying to catch a cab outside the club at the end of the night, especially on weekends, so plan accordingly and have some patience.

Crazy Horse

This theater is more of a true cabaret without the Moulin Rouge or Las Vegas type effects occurring during the show. The performers are mostly nude, and although erotic at times, perform in a very tasteful and artful way. With lighting effects and terrific music, you are sure to have a fantastic time. The dress code is described as being dressy or even elegant for a show. Shows run Sunday to Friday in the evenings only.  Expect to pay about $130-$160 USD for a ticket to the cabaret show.

La Locomotive

Located right next door to the Moulin Rouge, this is a popular nightclub to visit. Admission to the club is around $25 USD and includes one alcoholic drink. This fee is typical for entrance into most Paris nightclubs. Plenty of music and great dancing await guests who visit La Locomotive. Taxis are regularly available outside the club to take people home. If you are taking the metro, use either Pigalle or Blanche as the closest stops to La Locomotive.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about the nightlife in Paris, France.

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