Paris: 10 Things to Do

7. Paris After Dark

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Cap a visit to the Pompidou with a twilight session at its rooftop bar and restaurant, Georges. If you're equipped to pay for the privilege, digest the sweeping views with champagne (bottles start from €70) and duck foie gras (€25 to sufficiently feed two). Too lofty? Then try the nearby Restaurant Derrière, an eclectically decorated lounge with a Ping-Pong table and a concealed smoking room, on the fringe of the Marais. Tucked inside a once grand villa, behind cult cocktail bar Andy Wahloo and the Moroccan restaurant Le 404, Derrière was opened in 2008 by the same team that created the other two establishments. A common outdoor courtyard and kooky sense of cool unite the three ventures.

If old-guard opulence is more your fancy, call on Le Bar at the Four Seasons George V Hotel for a cognac. Or order a cocktail from world-famous barman Colin Field at the Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Hotel — the dizzyingly expensive Ritz Side Car is a byword for Paris luxe. Finally, for unabashed dance floor fun, the venerable club Queen is still Paris's best party, unsurpassed for disco ball sparkle and driving pop anthems. Nominally a gay venue, it's open to all, but club-ready threads help for getting past the bouncers.

  • 1. Georges
    Level 6, 19 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-44-78-47-99 48.85335662.3571829 More Info
  • 2. Restaurant Derrière
    69 rue des Gravilliers, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-44-61-91-95 48.86459412.354035
  • 3. Andy Wahloo
    69 rue des Gravilliers, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-42-71-20-38 48.86459412.354035
  • 4. Andy Wahloo
    69 rue des Gravilliers, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-42-71-20-38 48.86459412.354035
  • 5. Le Bar
    31 avenue George V, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-49-52-70-00 48.86885362.301001 More Info
  • 6. Bar Hemingway
    15 Place Vendôme, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-43-16-33-65 48.86814492.3294292 More Info
  • 7. Queen
    102 av. des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France; 33-(0)1-42-25-40-12 48.87165032.3018248

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