I hosted a VTers/Fodorite meet at Le Train Bleu my last night in Paris November 2006 including a couple who were leaving the next day and didn't have reservations so we asked them to join us.
Can't remember what I drank as I was so tired from our walk with Michael that day of a tour of the Philippe-Auguste wall, plus I was thrilled to finally meet so many fabulous VTers and Fodorites!
The place is filled to the gills with gorgeous gilded ceilings with painted murals depicting scenes where le Train Bleu once made its run. And of course anyone who is a fan of Luc Besson will recognize this place as the film setting for Nikita!
Photos: November 2006
Dress Code: Dress Casual
The Opera Bastille was a very controversial project -- part of Mitterrand's legacy. It was meant to bring opera to the people. Designed by Canadian architect Carlos Ott, it opened on July 14th 1989. Many find its facade and interior ugly -- but in talking to a singer friend of ours who has performed there, it is a terrific building for the singers and staff as well as providing excellent sound and sightlines for the audience.
We attended a performance of Richard Strauss' "Adriane auf Naxos" and were delighted with the performance and puzzled by the surroundings!
I often look at the coming event, but i haven't been yet.
I simply go to the FNAC BASTILLE , nextdoor of the opera...
As soon as i can afford it, I shall go and enjoy a wonderful Mozart opera...
Dress Code: better no jeans: make an effort this time
Around Bastille, mainly Rue de Lappe, is my favourite street come Friday and Saturday night, and actually come to think about it after work on a weekday as well!!
My favourite bar, mainly for it's prices which are extremelly low for being Paris, is Some Girls bar at the end of Rue de Lap without its name above the door, just a sign of a woman....
And then there is the corner bar, which I never remember what it's called, but it's the first bar on Rue de Lap opposite the crepe place and it looks kind of dark but has huge windows and big screen tvs. The cocktails are amazing and during happy hour only €5, a total bargain!
And then of course Bastille is great cause of the atmosphere it creates, not too surprising really considering the amount of bars and restaurants there are there!! Just go and you'll see what I mean! :-D
Dress Code: Absolutely whatever! (Well I would recommend wearing shoes of some sort as when there are lots of bars like that, there is a tendancy for glass outside the bars too....)
One of the places in Paris you have to go to drink beers/cocktails in young bars, or to have dinner in a lot of different restaurants...
Just choose what you want to do, then choose your bar / restaurant !
The rue de Lappe is famous for the high concentration of bars and restaurants, but just walk around la rue de la roquette, you'll find almost whatever you want ;)
A small bar with great techno music (and a very attractive bartender!) They have an after-hours license and it will be packed after 2am. I didn't speak a word of French but had a great time drinking and dancing with locals. Negative: A unisex squat toilet.
Been there a few times and really like it!
The small Irish pub is located at Place de Bastille, and therefore has a good view from outside the bar. Not a big place, but really cozy and with good Irish beer.
Thursday night is students night (happy hour 18h-21h), and they also show live sports sometimes. The owner is friendly, and this is a good place to go have a few beers before you head on...
Open daily; 11h - 2h with lunch from 12h - 15h
Dress Code: No dress code here
This place is awesome for a night on the town. There are plenty of bars restaurants and dance spots to keep you busy all night long.
Dress Code: Dress as you feel comfortable. There are plenty of venues to suit anyones comfort level.
I've never seen so many bars and clubs in one place !
I was staying in an hotel in the area and every night I went to another club or bar got drunk and happy !
Best place in the area is What's Up Bar which is known as one of the most popular and trendy places to party in Paris . Plays a variety of electronic beats and has some nice cocktails and wonderful atmosphere thanks to the cool staff and wonderful interior design !
What's up bar
15, rue Daval
If you are going to Paris, you might want to go to an concert or ballet. It was quite surprising the amount of younger people there. The theater was sold out as well.
Dress Code: People didn't dress as upscale as I thought they would.
Along with Manhattan, THE place in the world for night life. The area around the Bastille has some great clubs. Again, check a good guide book for latest hot spots and places to go. If you are into Jazz, African music, techno- it's all there.
French ' joie de vivre ' ( love of living ) is in evidence. You won't feel out of it in Paris. Feel the buzz , let the atmosphere wash over you.
Dress Code: Smart and casual. Check before turning up.
Fiona & I got rather partial to the Kirs on offer in Café Phare ! ;-) It's a very chatty kind of place, though the service was a bit slow IMO.
Dress Code: Casual to smart-casual