The loud music , the overdressed clientele and the crazy atmosphere that pushes you to sing loudly, drink shots, wiggle your buttocks on the benches and raise your arms in the air: long live the festive restaurants! Get out your stilettos and your sequined dress !
Grouvie: The Ultimate Dance Spot
Location: Perched on the top floor of Brasserie des Près near Odéon, Grouvie is the delightful retro surprise of the season. It's a return to the disco era in a carpeted space with pulsating beats, vibrant colors, disco balls, and a collection of vinyl records in the library. Plus, there's a real dance floor for you to groove on!
On the Menu: Indulge in a scrumptious feast crafted by the house chefs, Théophile Hauser-Peretti and Thibault Darteyre, featuring delectable dishes like crispy pig's trotters (€9), pistachio pâté en croûte (€14), garlic butter escargots (€12), and tarama with blinis (€9). Feeling luxurious? Don't miss the caviar from Sturia (starting at €80).
In the Glass: Enjoy funky cocktails by the world champion mixologist Jennifer Le Nechet, who drew inspiration directly from the brasserie cuisine of La Nouvelle Garde group. The menu includes The Temptations, a drinkable and ultra-gourmet version of the famous Paris-Brest dessert (€15). For a lighter option, try the Blondie, a mix of armagnac, brown butter, obazine, and extra-aged Merlet Pineau des Charentes (€16).
Soundtrack: Groove to funk and disco tunes mixed by a lineup of trending French artists like Corine and The Superman Lovers.
Extra: It's not just about dancing; they also have Backgammon tournaments!
Grouvie at Brasserie des Près, 6 Cour du Commerce Saint-André, Paris 6th. Open daily from 6 PM to 2 AM.
Cavalier: The Ultimate Late-Night Hangout
Location: Efficient, raw, and without pretension, this cozy spot just steps from Place de la République takes on the challenge of offering excellence in a bustling neighborhood. Long and adorned in brick red, Cavalier gets straight to the point with an impressive stone counter surrounded by high leather stools. There's a small outdoor terrace, and smiles everywhere, signifying warm hospitality.
On the Menu: Expect exceptionally good food! Orchestrated by the young Italian chef Michaël Aldibek, who has worked in renowned Michelin-starred kitchens (Noma, DiverXO), Cavalier's menu boasts fresh delights. Share the iodized agnolotti with ginger oil (€19), the seriola crudo with tomato dashi and capucine leaves (€15), or the grilled white asparagus with parmesan sabayon and orange blossom (€13). For yourself, savor the delicious confit egg yolk with fish roe and potato foam topped with bottarga (€12).
In the Glass: Enjoy expertly crafted cocktails by mixologist Léo Nicaud (formerly Uma Nota) in collaboration with Antony Rostoucher (formerly Maison Souquet). They have a deep appreciation for French spirits and vintage aperitifs. Try the Umani Martini (genever, green chartreuse, celery bitters, €14) or the Gin to Cavalier (gin infused with blackcurrant leaves, suze, and tonic, €11). They also offer a diverse selection of natural wines, starting at €7.50 per glass.
Soundtrack: No electro here! The playlist features pop, rock, hip-hop, and RnB hits from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.
Extra: After 11 PM until 5 AM, even if the kitchen is closed, Cavalier satisfies late-night cravings with their house-made creations like tarama, vitello tonnato, and seaweed butter focaccia.
Cavalier at 22 rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 11th. Open Tuesday to Wednesday from 7 PM to 2 AM, Thursday to Saturday from 7 PM to 5 AM. Closed on Sunday and Monday. www.paris.cavalier.fr
Donna: The Ultimate Hip Spot
Location: Located near the Centre Pompidou in Le Marais, Donna is an experience for the eyes. Minimalistic and sleek, the ground floor features a stylish bar under a large glass window, surrounded by stools. Upstairs, there's a more intimate space with subdued lighting, sofas, and low tables.
On the Menu: Behind the counter, you'll find Chef Masahide Ikuta, known for his expertise in preparing gourmet small plates. His dishes are simply perfect. Try the raw ikejime seriola with cucumber, kohlrabi, and mango (€18), field tomatoes with yellow peach, almonds, and stracciatella (€14). Next, savor the arugula risotto with clams and chorizo (€22) and the pork loin with green beans, apricots, and a rich jus (€27). Finish with the rhubarb and strawberry tart with sliced almonds (€10).
In the Glass: Donna offers a meticulous selection of natural wines, with around 100 options, mostly French. They have both well-known and lesser-known labels, ensuring delightful discoveries. There's no menu at Donna; the host tailors his recommendations based on your preferences, with glasses starting at €8.
Soundtrack: Donna takes its music seriously and boasts an eclectic and sophisticated playlist mixing disco, house, techno, and featuring artists like Flower, Ams, Melody, and Rag.
Extra: Don't miss the mirror-clad, red-lit restroom – it's a disco in itself. A must-visit!
Donna at 157 rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3rd. Open Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5 PM to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 2 AM. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The Place: Just a stone's throw away from the Champs-Élysées, Italy brings its good taste within the walls of this lively restaurant, pulsating with live performances and DJ sets. Giulia embodies the sweetness of a chic and enveloping setting, adorned with plush carpets, bucolic wallpaper, and velvety banquettes that create a warm ambiance. This night beauty welcomes groups of friends with open arms, inviting them to celebrate while enjoying the utmost comfort in its spacious XL area, filled with alcoves and accompanied by a repertoire of Italian songs that inevitably make everyone hum along to the unmissable hits!
And on the plates? It's the Italy we adore: the one that embraces the spirit of sharing, indulgent and generous. The appetite opens with the essential antipasti: a generous 300-gram burrata accompanied by colorful tomatoes (€33), tender vitello tonnato with its tangy tuna-mayo sauce embellished with capers (€32), and tempting truffle arancini drenched in an utterly sensational mozzarella sauce (€24). A pasta dish is a must to continue the feast. While the tonnarelli al parmigiano prepared right before your eyes, presented in a large wheel of Parmesan, is visually impressive, we recommend the less ostentatious pappardelle al ragù (€38). If you still have room, indulge in the thinly sliced beef fillet with roasted potatoes (€42). The best moment arrives with the dolci: intensely cocoa-flavored tiramisu (€18), delicate hazelnut panna cotta (€16), and refreshing lemon verbena sorbet fruttini that cleanses the palate (€18)! Italy's essence is even found in the glasses with country wines boasting assertive tannins, and for cocktail enthusiasts, the iconic Negroni, Bellini, and Spritz prepared to perfection. Tutto a posto!
Open Monday to Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Wednesday to Sunday from 7 PM to 2 AM.
Giulia, 20 rue Quentin Bauchart, Paris 8th. +33 1 89 71 01 11.
The place: the ex- Roxie , still in the hands of Paris Society , has given herself a nasty lift and is now called Mondaine . In a neo-cabaret spirit, this beautiful lady puts on her finest attire: all-over carpeting, animal prints ( leopard at the head of the pack), sexy mirrors and sulphurous four-poster beds . The game is played on two floors and distributes bar, alcoves, library and smoking room where you can wander around freely and slam your drink in favor of encounters. And for each " party ", a team of live musicians and singers take care of the sound by playing the string of nostalgia with the top French variety and the hits from elsewhere that we all know by heart and sing. willingly !
And on the plates? Delicate foods that appeal to beautiful people and ensure lightness to fall in love with at night: green beans & Paris mushrooms (€25), lemon olive oil avocado (€16) or scallop carpaccio and caviar (€42). But also more comforting dishes often pimped with a noble ingredient: linguine with truffles (€45), pasta au gratin with lobster (€42), chicken with morels (€46) and belissima sole meunière to share with new potatoes ( €170). As for sweets: gourmet tarte tatin with whole cream and caramel (€14), chocolate/vanilla ice cream tart (€24) or cute little puffs to share while whispering sweet nothings to each other (€28).
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations highly recommended.
Mondaine , 23 rue de Ponthieu, Paris 8th . 01 53 75 31 00.
The place: just out of the ground, this new spot is already talking about it. This is the festive oriental restaurant we were waiting for in Paris! With its opulent luxurious palace-style decor featuring feather suspensions, colorful stained glass windows, velvety fabrics and a Berber tent where an XL table is hidden, Chez Gala renews the genre in elegance and transports neither one nor two, without a passport or suitcase, to the heart of Marrakech . Not to mention the live musicians who tease their oud and their violin , the oriental dancers undulating between the tables and the DJ's who swing heavy and get the room up until 2 am.
And on the plates? It is also here that the magic operates thanks to the talent of the young chef Vladimir Rapoport , who worked for Passard et Piège , author of a cuisine that beats the flavors and brings joy. To start with, the hummus in three colors sets the tone, the one with candied lemon and chilli ends downright on the finger (€20). Next, the lamb & veal kefta-style skewers with their stunning mint sauce (€24). As a main course, go for the chicken tagine , the more tender you die (€34) and its veggie version with divine frozen vegetables (€24). For those who like to share, the shoulder of lamb confit for 12 hours is suitable for 4 people (€142). And to finish, a tough choice between the Paris Casa cabbage with sesame seeds (€16) and the giant macaron with rose mousse and raspberry coulis (€28).
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations highly recommended.
At Gala , 6 rue Arsène Houssaye, Paris 8th. 06 17 93 52 38.
The place: a veritable stronghold of hype, this bistrosouk opened by Aurélien Delaeter (also founder of Badaboum ) is always full. It must be said that even in the kitchen, the program is all good. The media-focused chef Abdel Alaoui makes all of Paris love him with traditional Moroccan dishes revisited in tapas mode. A feast of hell in an atmosphere of madness! Note: the kitsch parties organized once a month by Benjamin Belin , the former editor-in-chief of Say Who , who promises top-notch parties.
And on the plates? On Wednesday, it's couscous party with kemias to share, royal couscous with lamb, chicken, merguez sausages and kefta (for veggies, it's always possible to arrange) and seasonal fruit salad with a delicious mint tea (€39). The other days, it 's à la carte : hummus of the moment (€9), Berber octopus (€15), confit lamb pastilla (€12), chicken with candied lemon for 3 people (€80), méchoui for 3 people (€95), cabbage (€9), tea or kawa (€2.50). Note: the great cocktails with exotic names, such as Café Clandestin, Souk Viril or Camel Kiss (from €13 to €15).
Open Wednesday to Saturday from p. from 8 p.m. Reservations highly recommended.
The Casbah Paris , 18-20 rue de la Forge Royale, Paris 11th. 01 88 33 41 78
© Julien Granel
The place: we find the same socialite atmosphere and decor in red velvet fashion and Lalique moldings since the 1920s. The trendiest address on the left bank has not changed, especially since it was taken over by Thierry Costes where it-girls and successful entrepreneurs... Especially from Thursday to Saturday evening, when a pianist comes to create a very, very big atmosphere. Well-born thirty-somethings arrive around large tables to laugh, flirt, toast and sing loudly.
And on the plates? The classics of traditional cuisine that delight the bourgeoisie: gravlax salmon (€17) or buttered radish sausage (€12), truffle tarama (€14), mimosa egg (€7), Burgundy snails (€15 €), apple pudding (€21), poultry supreme and strong juice (€29), fillet of beef with pepper sauce and homemade fries (€46), chocolate mousse to share (€20). A feast !
Piano evenings from Thursday to Saturday from p. from 7 p.m. Reservations highly recommended.
Thoumieux , 79 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7th. 01 47 05 79 00
Le Bœuf sur le Toit
The place: we no longer need to introduce this cult address from the Roaring Twenties where Christian Dior , Brigitte Bardot and Yves Saint Laurent dined . Taken over by Patrick Bruel with Benjamin Patou (Moma Group), this lair appears more than ever as the HQ of the star system. Chic celebrities and fashion gangs jostle at the gate of the most glamorous restaurant of the moment in music-hall mode in a decor by Alexis Mabille with grand piano, aged mirror tables, crystal light fixtures, patterned carpet. Pianist Victor Le Douarec (ex-maestro of Piaf ) rocks the room with a cult transgenerational repertoire from Sardou to Céline Dion via Queen or William Sheller . Special mention on Tuesday when the music hall becomes a comedy club under the leadership of Samuel Bandy with a program that features stars ( Kev Adams, Roman Frayssinet, Mathieu Madénian ) and promising young talents.
And on the plates? A 3-course menu at €120, to choose from the most fashionable dishes of the moment: vitello tonnato, creamy burrata, green bean salad, truffle shells, macaroni with morels, stewed beef bourguignon style and matchstick potatoes, profiteroles and other Paris-Brest.
Open Monday to Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations highly recommended.
The Beef on the roof , 34 rue du Colisée, Paris 8th