Monday, May 14, 2012
As well as visiting landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe, travellers looking for a memorable experience in Paris should take the opportunity to explore the city's colourful nightlife scene.

The French capital is home to a variety of clubs, bars and other venues catering for all tastes and providing entertainment into the early hours.

 
Le Batofar
Le Batofar is a distinctive red vessel moored on the Seine that takes its name from the French words for lighthouse boat - 'bateau phare'. The ship, which has been based in Paris since 1998, started the 'nightclub on a boat' trend in the city and is known for its bold, experimental music policies.
 
The venue often hosts bands and artists playing electronic music but also incorporates hip-hop, rock, jazz and other genres into its nights. DJs regularly provide the soundtrack for after-hours dance parties taking place on the boat.
 
Le Batofar is also a popular gathering point during the day, serving as a restaurant, cafe and trendy hangout at Port de la Gare in the 13th arrondissement.

 
La Fleche d'Or
Clubbers interested in discovering some new music during their time in Paris should pay a visit to La Fleche d'Or, a nightspot that has developed a reputation for discovering and promoting new talents.
 
The venue is located on Rue de Bagnolet in the 20th arrondissement, near the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery. Its name, which means The Golden Arrow, was taken from a train service launched in the 1920s that linked Paris to London via Calais.
 
Electronic and dance music fans can check out DJ sets at La Fleche d'Or, while genres ranging from blues, folk and surf rock to pop and indie will be represented by some of the live bands and artists playing at the venue this year.

 
Le Rex Club
Le Rex Club is a well known venue located on Boulevard Poissoniere in the second arrondissement that is particularly popular among fans of techno, house and minimal electronica.
 
This nightclub is all about the music, with features including a central DJ booth facing the dancefloor and a sound system designed specifically for the needs of the venue. It was one of the first clubs in Paris to devote its programme solely to electronic music.
 
Every Friday night, visitors are entertained by big-name DJs from the house and techno scenes, with the likes of Carl Cox, Alexander Kowalski, Dave Clarke and Jeff Mills all having played Le Rex in the past.

 
Black Calavados
Visitors searching for the glamour and celebrity chic with which Paris is so often associated can check out some of the city's trendiest nightspots, such as Black Calavados, a stylish bar situated on Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie in the eighth arrondissement.
 
This venue boasts a fascinating history, as it served as one of the most popular haunts of the French glitterati in the 1960s and 70s.
 
While entry is by no means guaranteed, those who try their luck and manage to get in can sip cocktails while admiring the elegant black velvet and stainless steel decor.

 
Le Queen
Le Queen, on Avenue des Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris, is a former gay club that has been a popular nightspot for decades.
 
David Guetta - currently the world's most popular DJ according to a 2012 poll by DJ Mag - served as the venue's artistic director in the early 1990s, attracting big names such as Laurent Garnier, Derrick May and Sasha.
 
Today, the likes of Paul van Dyk, Deep Dish, Michael Kaiser and Guetta himself make regular appearances at Le Queen, which also hosts weekly disco nights, ladies' evenings and after-work parties.