This is another area where dirty meets trendy: the melting pot of the 9th and 18th district.
There’s Pigalle, the small village where sex shops’ neon lights escort you to dawn. At the top of the hill you’ll find the famous Sacré Coeur and its overwhelming view of Paris, where you can head if the bars don’t do it for you. And let’s not forget la rue des Martyrs, the Moulin Rouge, La Goutte d’Or. This confined neighbourhood has it all; some say they haven’t left the area for over 20 years. You don’t have to stay there that long to see it all, but a few good nights in the North of Paris will make for good memories, trust us.
LE SANS SOUCI, LE LAUTREC & LE MANSART
Start easy, pick a bar just below Pigalle: Le Sans Souci, Le Lautrec or Le Mansart. These bars are all very cool but also very full on weekends. Try all three, they’re 5 mins walking distance from each other in The Golden Triangle.
Once you’ve lost at table football for the fourth time at Le Mansart, go grab a crêpe “jambon-fromage” from any of the shops on Boulevard de Clichy. Yes, that’s the Moulin Rouge over there; okay, go stand on that windy metro grate like every other tourist and pretend to be Marilyn Monroe. It’s funny (the first time).
Address: 65, Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009
Phone: +33 1 53 16 17 04
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Address: 1 Rue Mansart, 75009
Phone: +33 1 56 92 05 99
Hours: Everyday, 9:00am – 2:00am
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Address: 63 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009
Phone: +33 1 56 92 28 79
Hours: Everyday, 10:00am – 2:00am
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La Fourmi is a good option for weeknights. It’s cheap and the crowd is fun. It stays open until late too. If you’re on your own, ask if Gustave’s around – he’ll be more than happy to tell you about his crazy life. His imagination runs wild.
Address: 74 Rue des Martyrs, 75018
Phone: +33 1 42 64 70 35
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LE BUS PALLADIUM
This club has a Rock’n’Roll connotation that is somehow slightly more appealing to younger crowds. The upstairs area is actually very fun. Once again, go there on weekdays: it’ll be cheaper. Anyways, weekends seem to only attract business school students, 16-year-old groupies and washed up 80’s rock stars.
Address: 6 Rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009
Website: Le Bus Palladium
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The Parisian classic and trendy Hôtel Amour is a great place to have a couple of drinks or dinner before you head out. You may recognise a couple of familiar faces in the small garden out the back.
Address: 8 Rue de Navarin, 75009
Website: L’Hotel Amour
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Much like most of the clubs in this area, the Carmen is a stunning Parisian mansion transformed into a two level club. The music varies depending on the night, which is also true for the bouncer’s mood. You may or may not get in, but it’s worth a try!
FYI: This is where George Bizet’s Carmen was composed. Tribute.
Address: 34 Rue Duperré, 75009
Website: Le Carmen
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LE ROUGE, LE PIGALLION, LA MACHINE
Le Rouge and Le Pigallion are good options if you like electronic music and if you’re not done with the night. They can have good line-ups and a decent crowd. Make sure to check out the DJ and the entrance fee first though.
La Machine du Moulin Rouge is just up the road and will also keep you awake until dawn.
Address: 77 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009
Phone: +33 (0) 1 42 85 00 70
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Address: 1 Place Pigalle, 75009
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Address: 90 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018
Phone: +33 1 53 41 88 89
Website: La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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LE BLUE CLUB
Super new and super cool. Closer to the area of La Goutte d’Or, this club is a bit out of the way but it’s worth it. If you’re up for something different where the cool kids of the 18th district hang, just go straight there and don’t bother with any of the clubs above.
Address: 14 Rue Muller, 75018
Website: Le Blue Club
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Much shaggier, Chez Moune is an old friend you can always walk into and have a dance before you head home. Easy, simple and always free, similar to Good God’s front room in Sydney.
Address: 54 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, 75009
Phone: +33 1 45 26 64 64
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday closed; Wednesday 12:00 – 6:00am, 11:00pm – 6:00 am; Thursday – Friday 11:00pm – 6:00pm; Saturday 11:00pm – 12:00am
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Good Afro tunes to shake your booty, amazing cocktails (their Mojito and Ti’ Punch will kill you) and a cool laid-back team – what else do you need?
It’s small, so make sure you get there early.
Address: 47 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009
Hours: Everyday 7:00pm – 12:00am
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LE BISTROT 82
If it’s past 2am and you’ve been denied every entry to all the “good” clubs, then come on over to the B82. It’s small and sweaty but you’ll be able to dance to your favorite Rihanna song until 5.
Address: 82 Rue des Martyrs, 75018
Phone: +33 1 46 06 91 17
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Feel like a Karaoke? It’s the most famous one in the area, and they have a good repertoire. You must be patient though, the waiting list is long and they’ll make you drink until you sing.
Address: 38 Boulevard Clichy, 75018
Hours: Everyday 10:00am – 5:00am
Website: Epoque Paris
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