Top Ten Paris Clubs for Fashion Week Debauchery

Paris Fashion Week is upon us, along with the infamous parties. Following a full day of runway shows , you’ll find the models (and LiLo , of course) lifting their skirts at one of the clubs below. A word to the unbeautiful: you’ll have to be B-list or above to make it past the velvet rope this week.

Le Baron (Champs-Elysées) – You’ll find a smorgasbord of sloppy celebrities inside this Golden Triangle club. Or at least you would if you had any hope of getting in. Short of blowing the doorman, however, it’s not going to happen during Fashion Week.

Le Montana (Saint-Germain) – The painfully cool Montana is where you’ll find a bloated Freddy Beigbeder hitting on models half his age. Relatively new and absolutely of the moment, it’s owned by André (Le Baron) and a fashion photographer who likes to post the panty fest on his blog. ● Chez Moune (Pigalle) – The last Fashion Week (in March) left Chez Moune in disarray and with a growing reputation for debauchery. This historic Pigalle cabaret has been officially reincarnated as a late-night den for dirty dancing.

Le Régine (Champs-Elysées) – Outside of Fashion Week, this event space is pretty much off the radar. In March and October, however, it plays host to some of the most over-the-top fashion parties.

Maison Blanche (Champs-Elysées) – Starfuckers flock year-round to this Champs-Elysées perch for slick decor, sweeping views over the Seine, and jet-setty vibe. The main event during FW is a Saturday late-night bash with DJ Mel DeBarge.

Murano (Marais) More chill than the other club contenders, the Murano’s polar lounge, with its chalet-meets-2001 decor, is the perfect place to wear your new Rick Owens .

Chez Castel (Saint-Germain) – Sports stars, showbiz kids, fashion celebs and the odd politico love this lavish three-floor mansion. Plenty of private rooms and a basement dance floor.

Le Costes Bar (Champs-Elysées) – The bar’s reputation may be waning, but during FW the pretty people will still be sleeping here, and they’re gonna need a last drink.

Le Mathis (Champs-Elysées) – If you get past the discreet but difficult door of Le Mathis, you’ll find yourself in a small square bar, draped in red and looking every bit like an old brothel. It’ll be C-list during Fashion Week, but still…

Experimental Cocktail Club (Sentier) – Emptied out of its regular collection of beautifuls (off to invite-only parties elsewhere), the ECC may actually be managable during Fashion Week. The modern-day speakeasy, with its short list of creative sips, is always a delight.

Industry Insiders: Steve Haffner, Kayak King

Steve Haffner, the man behind the curtain at Kayak.com, reveals his jet-setting ways, mid-meeting bar games, and the destinations you should add to your globetrotting roster.

Where can we find you outside the office? I travel a lot, and I love the restaurant scene. La Esquina in New York is a great Mexican restaurant in the basement of a nondescript building. I like Rick Bayliss’ place in Chicago, the Frontera Grill. I love the bar scene at the Sanderson Hotel in London. It’s a good mix of Europeans, Russians, and the occasional expat.



Who do you admire in your industry? There are those larger than life types: David Neelman, who started jetBlue — he’s a serial airline launcher who has made money every time. He just launched Azul in Brazil last week, and he’s amazing. Another is Jeff Boyd of Priceline, who has been there for eight or nine years. He took a nice little company and made it outperform everybody in the industry. Now it’s worth $3.5 billion.



What is something that people might not know about you? One of the things is that I’m addicted to is bar games. We’ve got a pool table in the office, and we’re putting a basketball court in our new, larger office space. We break up our meetings and go play. If you do it enough at work, you find that when you play with your friends that you’re quite good at it. For instance, if you play somebody for the bar bill, you beat them.

Favorite destinations? My favorite destination is the Eden Roc hotel in Antibes, a magical place, enchanting. They used to take cash only, but now take credit cards. I love the Hotel Costes in Paris and the bar — it’s managed to stay on top for awhile now. The pool underneath it is great, but you can never turn the light on in the rooms. My favorite hotel in New York is the Bowery; it’s hipper than the Mercer, even though the neighborhood is worse, and the bar scene is fabulous. I had my 40th birthday at Setai in South Beach, and threw the actual birthday party at the Delano. Ian Schraeger’s ability to keep the quality up is amazing. Also, the Shore Club next door to the Setai is much more “go-go” than the Setai is.



Notice any trends in the travel realm that we should know about? I love that bars and hotels are focusing on service and making the experience different. There are now niche brands, boutique hotels and bars. You can get great deals at luxury hotels without sacrificing service. We’re going to the Ocean Club this year — the prices make it a good deal.

What are you doing tonight? Tonight is going to be a boring evening. Last night I was in Boston, and tomorrow we’re having a party at our house. Tonight, after we put the kids to bed, I’m taking the wife out to Paci in Westport. A French friend had his 40th birthday there with his boyfriend, and the host is from Naples, and he takes care of us.