Comfort Hotel Davout Nation Paris 20
110, rue des Orteaux
Phone: (33) 1 40092828
Fax: (33) 1 40097314
Parisian hipsters have quickly made the 20th Arrondissement their new home, and La Fleche d'Or is at the height of the scene. If you are looking for a hip/indie crowd, untainted by cool hunters and gentrification (at least not yet!), then squeeze into those cigarette jeans and check it out. The live music, cheap drinks, and industrial loft-style décor (the building used to be the Charonne train station up until 1937) keeps the crowds young and coming back for more. Bands from all over the world are showcased here, bringing in an eclectic style of rock with a twist of sexy trance and edgy punk styles.
You might be forgiven for thinking you are in the Soukh of Medina in Marrakech, as the décor here transports you completely to a new and exotic world. Remember "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart, and let yourself be carried away by the oriental music and home-made cocktails. Your dream of the Orient continues with traditional cuisine based around Tajines, Pastillas and Vin Gris. With a bit of luck you will be treated to belly dancers or pass by a real camel at the entrance.
Badaboum comprises of three distinct spaces with different opening hours. Located on the former site of La Scène Bastille, you have to take reservations to enter the establishment. The Cocktail Bar has a rustic English look with Chesterfield couches, exposed walls and wooden racks. Unwind here with quality cocktails and nosh on delish globally-inspired street food. Dance away till way into the morning at their techno-styled club. Equipped with a great sound and light system, it hosts talented DJs to rock the house. Music fans will enjoy their concert space where emerging and established artists enthrall the audience.
Les Disquaires is where the blues, funk, electro, pop music dominate the scene. It is one of the most popular nightclubs in Paris, where people go for some underground music on a Friday night with their friends and party till dawn, the Parisian way. So if you're in the mood to be on the same zone as the locals then you better pull out your dancing gear because this is the place you will be headed too.
You thought rock cafés were out-of-date since the lounge bar fashion of the last decade, but not at all. Indeed, the bar Les Furieux, located in the Bastille district, has become a real reference. In a metal/punk atmosphere, colored in yellow and red, with 1960s black and white tiles, Les Furieux offers homemade cocktails, absinthe (alcohol made of wormwood) and a choice of beers. You may also enjoy photographic exhibitions on the topic of rock. Special nights are organized every weekend until 5a. Prices are very reasonable and there is a happy hour between 6p and 8p. Check their website to find out the programs and schedules.
In the young and lively Oberkampf district, one of the real hot spots of 21st-century Paris, Cithéa features a truly original slate of events. Rock and techno groups, but also movies and even plays are on the program. And of course, there's lots of those nice cold brews you like so well.
Nouveau Casino is known to play host to different types of performances including new style of music in concerts, launches and parties. A typically flexible space where you can hold your private or business events, this place has two rooms: the concert hall and a mezzanine floor. The mezzanine is where people can sit on low tables, enjoy their drinks and music. The Casino has two 18th-century chandeliers and the walls have triangular steel plates that easily reflect video projections. The place is totally soundproof with up-to-date sound equipment and a well equipped bar. The cafe Charbon lies behind the casino and is run by Chef Charbon. The casino also converts into a nightclub where people come together to enjoy and dance to the tunes of the latest music.
Le China is a multi-purpose venue where one can either go there for their scrumptious cuisine or their lively bar. It even houses a nightclub with the best DJs in Paris. There is a regular line-up of live musicians, who fill this place with their vibrant melodies. Watch out, though, since the place is not for the ones who do not have a deep wallet, because the fun at Le China and the experience doesn't come for cheap.
This bar has been at the top of the Parisian nightlife scene for ten years. Launched by the Costes family, its magnificent velvet and golden décor, similar to a members-only club, has made it a favorite with a bejeweled, cosmopolitan youth. The best soul, R&B and hip-hop DJ's regularly play and the atmosphere gets so hot that barmaids sometimes dance on the bar. You can lounge around during the day on the terrace and the restaurant upstairs does great food at affordable prices.
This "temple to music" is situated in Paris' nightlife rich 11th Arrondissement. It features a bar as well as a dance floor, and features dancing and concerts with genres ranging from Latin to R'n'B, Hip Hop, and Jazz.
Popular for its pulsating Latin music, this four-story bar-restaurant has pulled out all the stops to be hip. With a colorful and kitschy lavish décor (see the Che Guevara mosaic on the top floor), this fashionable venue's classy interior beats other Latin clubs hands down. Cocktail bars serve tequila and rum specials while standard fare (guacamole, hamburgers and tortillas) and more unusual spicy South American dishes are available from the menu. Expect a wait on weekends.
Founded in 1936 by Jo France, the name has since become synonymous with java (popular waltzes) and accordion music. At the time, Bastille was the liveliest working-class area in Paris. Times have changed though: nowadays the Balajo has become somewhat old-fashioned, with salsa and disco replacing the popular dances of old. Generally it's a middle-aged crowd that comes here looking for a bit of nostalgia. If you fancy somewhere completely different, this place is well worth paying a visit - even just for a look at the period décor.