Jazz Clubs, Paris
"Le Caveau des oubliettes" is the oldest Jazz Club in Paris. It was built on the site of an ancient Latin Quarter Dungeon, so you have to go down winding stairs into a Grotto-like cavern, decorated with old chains and even inscriptions on the walls of people that died there! The music is always excelent, some days is stand-up off the street improv which is amazing too. No cover charge, no dress code. Be sure to go DOWNSTAIRS and not to stay at the upper bar! Most tourists don't know this, that's why it is a typicall local's point.
Jazz is contemporary, none of the Gershwin old boring stuff you get at Caveau de l'Huchette nearby.
Dress Code: No dress code at all, no cover charge. You are required to drink, though. Beer=5 Euros. Bottles of wine at 12E.
There are some cool spots to listen to live jazz on r. Huchette and across ST. Michel to r. Galande. To go down into the "caves" where the air is smokey, the bierre froid, and le jazz hot is really cool. I don't know if they were real jazz musicians as they did not wear sunglasses when the played.
Historic cellar-like underground jazz club in the Latin Quarter. Oozes atmosphere, reminds me of Audrey's beatnik dance scene in Funny Face. Actually a one time hotspot for post-war jazz, frequented by intellectuals and literati like Sartre and Boris Vian. Now an older crowd and a tamer, but satisfyingly classic taste. Mostly swing standards as I recall.
This little bar on rue Mouffetard was a great find. Interesting mix of people, with a band playing in the back of the bar. This is the first place I'd ever seen a Mojito being made, and everyone was drinking them. Can't believe it took more than two years for this trend to take over the U.S.!
Dress Code: casual
We were 3 17yr olds in Paris for 3nights. It took us two nights to find La Sorbonne- the student district of Paris. It buzzes at night- literally. There are bars and restaurants a-plenty and they're not over priced! I'd advise everyone to check it out! And as for the people who told us that young Parisians don't party! Mah!
Dress Code: You'd feel out of place if you were over dressed!
One of the more known "name" jazz clubs not only in Paris but in the world is Duc des Lombards. It has a cool ambience / decor, and the musicians are sometimes top notch.
Paris has lots of jazz clubs all over town. You can check Pariscope or just type "Paris Jazz Clubs" into google and you'll find them.
The excellent and now defunct Paris Jazz Valley web site:
Jazz Valley (RIP)
used to list them all in both english and french with much info. I'm looking for another link in both french and english.
If you exit Duc des Lombards after 12:30 am and the Metro is closed, you can get a taxi from the nearby Place du Chatelet by calling Pl. Châtelet Taxi - Phone: 01.42.33.20.99
Dress Code: no tie, but dress up same as in going out to a club anywhere.
Shows start at 9:30 pm, so locate where the taxi stands are, as the Metro may be closed when you leave the club.
Classic jazz club. The giant portrait of Miles out front is a tip off. 20-25Euros cover and the drink prices are high(will remind you of NYC jazz clubs ,think Eddie Condon's,if you are old enough.)
Quality jazz and an audience that shuts up and listens.
Dress Code: although the club is in Les Halles I didn't see any jeans. Most men had jackets, few had ties
I was looking for a place to have dinner and listen to some good music when I found this jazz club.
The club has a café on the first floor, where you can listen to some good jazz, but it's in the basement that the entertainment takes place!
When you climb down the stairs you have a balcony overlooking the stage - this is where the restaurant tables are. I had the tourist menu and it was really nice - good food, good variety. Perhaps a bit expensive, but you're in one of the best jazz clubs in Paris after all... Price was 200 Francs for the complete menu.
Finally, below the restaurant balcony you have the bar area and the small stage.
When I was there I caught a performance by the Maurice Vander trio - it was excellent! This guys really know what they're doing!
Really nice place. For those who know already Flute in New York or London, you'll love, for those who don't know yet, you should definitely come and try.
Live Jazz every Wednesday night, Champagne, Cocktails, Happy Hour, all the ingredients are there to spend a memorable evening.
Ambience and atmosphere perfect for romantic appointment !
Dress Code: No Dress Code
Only in Paris... again, jazz and dancing in the first arrondisement.
Dress Code: a small piece of tissu bleu de velours in your pocket