When it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve, I’m usually torn between staying in with friends and a bottle of wine and, oh, I don’t know — jumping on tables at one of Hemingway’s favourite bars? Ordering cocktails by a pirate ship? Sounds about accurate. You see, when it comes to offering up an eclectic array of New Years festivities, I realised that if you’re not a local, finding any trustworthy suggestions on the net might seem impossible.. From Rockabilly bashes to masqueraded parties, these are the places I’d bet on for a good time…
Disclaimer: Paris is no exception to the New Years Eve scramble. Taxis, bars and restaurants have been known to overcharge people on NYE!
1. Burlesque on a Boat
La Nouvelle Seine is anchored right below Notre Dame where one can eat, drink, and take in a cabaret burlesque show in the barge’s secret theatre.
2. Paris Latino Bash
For the more adventurous party crowd, La Java is a nightclub nearing a century old, hidden inside an art deco arcade in a less glitzy part of town. This underground dancehall is where Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt played some of their first gigs in the ‘20s.
This NYE, it’s transforming into a Fiesta Cumbia, and promising a “musical trip across Latin America with various musicians and DJs, as well as projections and other surprises.” Doors open at 11pm and entry is 20€
3. Make a Splash at Paris’ Version of Studio 54
Ah, Les Bains. This place was Paris’ answer to NYC’s Studio 54, and welcomed everyone from David and Bowie to Princess Grace on its dancefloor, and in its (adjacent) swimming pool. This year, Les Bains has declared New Years a night of shared indulgence at Roxo, the latest rebranding of their upstairs restaurant where “the atmosphere will be electrified by cocktails, by a feast of appetizers dancing on your lips; creamy Burrata, tempting risotto, exotic gyozas, and music will caress your ears all night long.” After feasting, descend into Paris’ chicest grotto to dance and splash the night away. €90 euros for their special tapas & finger food, a glass of champagne and access to the Club; €30 euros access to the Club only (starting 11:30pm). Learn more here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or dial : +33 1 42 74 22 22 for reservations.
4. Have a Whiskey with Oscar Wilde
L’Hotel is the ornate Left Bank hotel where Oscar Wilde lived, wrote, and died with the famous last words, “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” The bar is the epitome of nonchalant elegance, and the hypnotizing foyer will have you seeing double after a whisky or two. For those looking to dine, there will be a sumptuous, 7-course prix fixe meal at Le Restaurant from €300-€400 per person, with foie gras, truffle chicken, caviar, a delicious selection wines, and more. Reserve here, or call 01 44 41 99 00. (13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006)
5. A Secret Playhouse
On a leafy avenue in Montmartre, inside the former villa of the Hermès family at the top of a secret stairway, the Hotel Particulier de Montmartre has a very special bar called Le Très Particulier and this year, they’re hosting a masked New Year’s Eve party. Spoil yourself with luxurious cocktails and schmooze with a diverse crowd of well-travelled guests of the hotel and in-the-know Parisians.
If you have a fancy budget for a fancy dinner, there’s a romantic six course meal going for 350 euros a head, included a constant flow of champagne. But if you’re only interested in dancing, entry is free, masks are required and the DJ starts at 11.30pm.
6. Going underground
Le Hasard Ludique is a multipurpose venue inside an old train station that’s hot with the 20-something crowd. This year, they’re taking their eclecticism to galactic heights with a Balactic New Year theme. The best part? It’s a lot of bang for not a lot of buck. This year, their “Minister of Paranormal Affaires” invites you to a night of “Dinner Space Drag Bingo,” disco funk and cosmic electro, luminescent humanoids, and plenty of surprises to make 2019 feel like 3019. Crazy costumes are encouraged, or you can just rock some silver moon boots and a fluorescent jumper. Doors open at 8pm, dinner & drag bingo goes from 9pm-10:30pm, and the dancing goes until 6am. Be sure not to miss the galactic photobooth, which promises plenty of props. Pre-sale for dinner + bingo drag + soiree before 8:30 is 40€. Tickets for just the party are 20€ pre-sale (or after 11pm), and €25 at the door. Learn more here.
(128, avenue de Saint-Ouen, 75018)