Dancing spots in unusual places

Paris is abuzz with clubs and dance venues of all shapes and sizes, including some in surprising and extraordinary locations. Whether you want to learn the tango, lindy-hop your way back to the 1920s or hear international DJs, there’s something for everyone!

Le Reservoir

Le Reservoir Mary DeVivo (External link) is located in a former forge near Bastille. It has great music, original baroque decoration, a friendly ambiance, plus an excellent restaurant. Hostess Mary DeVivo invites artists from all walks of life to jam sessions (or as the French say Faire le boeuf - make beef). The annual Festival Génération Réservoir helps talented young musicians to reach a wider audience.

Le Grand Rex

The biggest cinema in Europe, Le Grand Rex is an art deco monument to the early 1930s when it was built. It attracts a million cinema goers every year. In the basement, the Rex Club (External link) has been wowing clubbers for 25 years in its cavernous dance area. They play an eclectic mix of music (especially electro) and host international DJs. A fantastic sound system and friendly atmosphere make this one of the best dance clubs in the city.

Arty Party

A concept that combines music and visual arts can be enjoyed at the Glazart club (External link) in the Villette area. Party tracks, bar with comfy chairs and a cultural vibe make this an authentic venue.

Riverside Rhythms

The Chalet des Îles (External link) , on the banks of a lake in the Bois de Boulogne, offers a cosy setting in winter with its lovely fireplace – with the additional charm of being accessible only by boat.