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Free Music Fest Begins Today!

Not only does the Festival FNAC LIVE feature 32 different performances, but the four-day event, which takes place outside the city’s Parvis de l’Hotel de Ville, is also completely gratis. The concert promises a range of established and up-and-coming artists from the likes of Isaac Delusion to Mesparrow. For more details, you can find the schedule [...]

A New Wave Cave

When a 50-something friend told me she had discovered an amazing nightlife venue in Paris, I knew it had to be great. My own trips to Social Montmartre and other clubs have proved off-putting, but this place, according to my friend, was the sort of all-ages, anything-goes happening that only seems to take place in [...]

Debauchery in Mind

After you experience a lot of nightlife in Paris, the glitzy barhopping starts to feel stale, leaving behind only a craving for an experience with less fuss and more edge. That’s why I decided to swap the usual debonair bar jam-packed with natty sophisticates for a laid-back evening at la Folie en Tête. I nosed [...]

Jazz Babies of Paris

For many years I’ve been reading about how jazz is dying. It seems to stay alive, but it’s definitely not one of the top music genres in the U.S., even in the region where it was born, the South. (Although this weekend is the New Orleans Jazz Festival, which I heartily recommend even to non-jazz-lovers. [...]

A Top Resto’s New Wine Bar

The team behind the much-lauded restaurant Septime (which featured again this year on the World’s Best Restaurant list) has opened a wine shop-cum-wine bar just around the corner from its main address in the 11th arrondissement. Pop into the charming Septime La Cave to pick up a bottle from their vast selection from not just France, but [...]

The Trouble with Harry’s

A big thumbs-down goes to Harry’s New York Bar (it advertises itself as “Sank Roo Doe Noo” in the second arrondissement), which seems to be confusing itself with the Ritz Hemingway Bar. There is now a “hostess” at the door to enforce dress code, so when a dozen local expats tried to stop in for [...]

A Bespoke Smoky Martini

The Bistrologist is the new incarnation of le Secret. The same sexy and seductive décor remains, with dark wooden walls, soft chairs, and crisp white cloths on tables topped with a single flower. The airy, comfortable terrace also remains for sophisticated sipping with a side of pretty-people watching. While the decor may have stayed the [...]

L’Eclair

Late last year, l’Eclair popped up on the cute cobblestone street rue Cler, which is better known for its markets than mixology. On first glance, it appears to be just another typical Paris cafe, with a busy terrace, strategically distressed decor and a lively crowd of young Frenchies chatting over cheap glasses of wine. But [...]

Book Swap Party

Paris’ finest high brow debauchery is back: Book Club returns for another evening of fun, frolics and literary chat this Sunday 7th April at South Pigalle cocktail bar, Le Carmen. The concept is simple: bring a book you have loved and swap it with a book one of the other guests has brought and also therefore loved. [...]

Mirror, Mirror

La Miroiterie, probably the oldest art squat (or “squart”) in Paris, may soon close down. It started in 1999. From my admittedly American standpoint, I find the squatters’ resistance to city support (and regulation), in order to keep it going, to be childish and utopian. Should artists be allowed to live there sans rent in [...]

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