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If you are visiting the City of Paris, you will discover that there are several options to choose from for entertainment in the grand City of Lights, as you would expect from a world-class city. From the Paris Opera and the Moulin Rouge to trendy nightclubs and music concerts featuring the latest popular artist, Paris has much to offer.

The Paris Opera or the Opera Garnier is the most important opera house in Paris and perhaps the most famous in the world. Opening its doors to the public in 1875, it is also the site of the fictional character of the famous novel written by Gaston Leroux, "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1909, which later became a successful play written by Englishman Andrew Lloyd Webber. The larger and more modern Opera de la Bastille now shares world-class opera and ballet between the Opera Garnier but there are many other opera houses in Paris such as the Salle Ventadour and the Comedie Francaise. If the symphony is more your style, you can visit the Salle Pleyel, where you will be able to see the world famous Paris Symphony. The Salle Pleyel (Pleyel Hall) is located about 800 metres from the Arch du Triumph on the west end of the Champs Elysees.

There are many great centres of entertainment in Paris such as the Marais district and Montparnasse, but with the Champs Elysees district of Paris, you can't miss with a large assortment of nightclubs, bars, theatres and cabarets. Among the notable establishments on the most famous street in Paris are: Lido, Buddha Bar, le Bar at George V, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club.

One of the more popular tourist attractions and a site for great live entertainment is the Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) in the Pigalle district of Paris. Many tourists from around the world will descend upon the red mill, if only take photographs of the historical building, made even more famous with the recent movie that bears its name. Others will enjoy themselves by attending a live cabaret show at site known to be where can-can dancing originated.

Another world famous dance revue is the Folies Bergere (Cabaret of Shepherdess, named after the street) and was the first music hall to open in Paris. Located on Rue Richter in the 9 th arrondissement, the Folies Bergere has been the site where many famous artists have performed such as the legendary Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra and Maurice Chevalier and even contemporary artists such as Elton John and IL Volo. Yet another very popular cabaret venue is the Lido, which is right on the Champs Elysees and has featured other world-class entertainers such as Jo Baker, Maurice Chevalier, and Laurel and Hardy.

If you are looking for something less cabaret and more conversation, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs throughout the city. Among the most famous and notable bars are Harry's New York Bar, birthplace of the Bloody Mary, the Hemmingway Bar in the Hotel Ritz, named after the famous novelist Ernest Hemmingway, the Buddha Bar, Bar Fly, Caveau des Oubliettes and the Swan Bar for jazz and the scenic Altitude 95 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.

For those interested in some dancing, Paris has it all from the Rex Club, Barrio Latino, the Batofar, Le Queen and the Bus Palladium. All of these will likely feature the pulsing techno styled music will get you out of your seat in no time. For those interested in dance clubs, please note that many of these clubs don't really get lively until after midnight!

Lastly if you are looking for a large concert venue for live music the Stade de France, the famous soccer stadium, Pavilion de Paris, Bercy, Palais des Sports, and La Cigale are all prominent sports and music venues.


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