There are many scenes for nightlife, and to be a part of any of them would be to ascribe to a certain social set, even if just for the night.  Paris can be expensive; it’s an Olympic sport for Brenna’s fiancé to find the cheapest pint in Paris. We’ve broken nightlife down to these activities, but don’t let us stop you from thinking outside the box.

See and Be Seen

Hot clubs turn over rapidly in Paris, and what’s hot one moment will shut down, rename, reinvent itself, and reopen in a week. Check out the comprehensive list of hot spots in TimeOut Paris.

Brenna’s favorite see and be seen memory: Being cash poor after nights of drinking, dancing, and people-watching at Le Baron back in ’08.

Sam’s favorite see and be seen memory: Going to’s after party/DJ set at the Showcase

Shannon’s favorite see and be seen memory: Crashing a VIP party at The Queen on the Champs-Élysées and being pulled up on stage for a dance off… 



Hot dance clubs turn over rapidly in Paris, and what’s hot one moment will shut down, rename, reinvent itself, and reopen in a week.  Check out the comprehensive list of dance clubs in TimeOut Paris.

Brenna’s best dancing memory: Table top dancing at Favela Chic by the DJ table!

Sam’s best dancing memory: Sweating it out in the minuscule basement of le Pop-In to indie hits, Beach Boy’s classics and German techno.

Shannon’s best dancing memory: Many a night a night back in ’08 dancing to whatever underground group was hot at the moment at the Paris Social Club


Apéros / Diner chez les amis

Perhaps a sign that we’re aging, but Brenna and Sam truly find that the majority of evenings out (or in) usually entail dinners or drinks at friends’ homes (or their own homes). We were led to believe it French culture for people to be slow to invite you over for dinner and into their home, a place considered extremely private.  Brenna and Sam have found this to be completely not the case, so we welcome your input or thoughts on this.

Note: The French don’t have a culture of binge drinking like that which we find in college in the US.  It might be that families allow their kids to drink at home at a younger age so they’re less impressed or curious, or the very French thought, why waste a perfectly great Sancerre on just trying to get drunk? Enjoy, relax, savor… Wine is popularly consumed in place of beer, which perhaps also slows the drinking process.


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I came to Paris in the fall of 2006 as a study abroad student. Since then, I have had many adventures in babysitting, grad schooling, interning, girlfriending, breaking up, haling taxis and working a 9-to-5. For every day that Paris drives me nuts-- because seriously, this city WILL get on your nerves sometimes-- there are days when I feel overjoyed and privileged to be living in such a beautiful town.

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