La Flèche d’Or
This place is probably as close to London trendy as Paris deigns to come. It’s located in the fashionable 20th in an abandoned metro station, and its interior was converted by students from the Beaux-Arts. The music, generally guitar-based indie and rock, is a welcome relief from the thumping dance beats that prevail in the rest of the city. Concerts take place every night at La Flèche d’Or, which opens its doors from 8pm, and transforms into a club at about 11.30pm. The pleasantly shambolic interior is dominated by a model tube train crashing through the ceiling above the bar. Entry is free and they serve food (home-cooked style) until 1am in a small restaurant area off the main room. The crowd is laid back, but one word of warning: the bouncers have a bit of a reputation, so it’s probably best to behave in the queue.