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A wildly ornate bas-relief ceiling—moodily lit by Versailles-worthy chandeliers—actually is not the first indication that this isn’t your average bar (that would be the gigantic birdcage at the entrance). Occupying the former mansion of composer Georges Bizet (hence the name, Carmen), this Pigalle-based club gets particularly busy around Fashion Week, when any number of designers host their after-parties here. While DJs play until 4am on weekends, the space hosts more civilized affairs, too: For example, the literary magazine A Tale of Three Cities uses it to hold a monthly bookclub.

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