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Paris for the youthful set: If you go …

June 1, 2003

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Where to go

So, you're young, still in your late teens or early 20s, visiting Paris and eager to try out the nightlife. Here is a sample of a just a few of hundreds of possibilities.

  • Discotheques-clubs: La Scala, 188 bis Rue de Rivoli; Les Planches, 40 Rue du Colisee; Le Duplex (with restaurant), 2 bis Avenue Foch; La Locomotive, 90 Boulevard de Clichy.
  • Bar-club restaurants: Le Paris, 93 Avenue des Champs-Elysees; Le Latina Cafe, 114 Avenue des Champs-Elysees; Barrio Latino, 46-48 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine.

What to bring

Don't forget your Metro map and the numbers of some taxi services. Remember to pack good shoes and smart clothes if you are aiming for a chic club. Also take identification and cash.

Drinking

Yes, you can drink beer and wine in public at age 16. No, you shouldn't always exercise that right, especially if you're still in your teens. Use discretion, remember you're in a foreign country and be careful. Heading out on your own for Paris nightlife is best for visitors 18 years old and up.

Pointers

You should know something about the place you're going to and the neighborhood. Call and get some information on the club before you go, or check a guidebook. If you've taken a French course, you might want to brush up basic phrases -- they can prove helpful.

Information

The Paris tourist office Web site (www.paris-touristoffice.com) has an English-language section, which will give you tips on how to get started.

You can find good dance club listings under www.univers-musik.com/Contact/annuaire.asp.

For stylish bars try www.worldsbestbars.com/city/Paris/.

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