Are you familiar with the concept of afterwork events? As the word itself indicates, it’s about what you do after work before getting back home. An interval of time that is yours to spend as you wish, though lately, going out for a drink and small talk with colleagues gets you the most points. It is time to relax, forget about work, and let your real self shine through.
Paris is not short on afterwork events. This new trend that is gaining momentum has many adepts in the French capital. These networking events tend to have two parts to them: a first part that includes dinner and open-bar, generally running from 7pm to 9pm; and a second part, from 9pm to 1am, when the bar turns into a dance floor.
Follow our tips below if it’s your first time at a Parisian afterwork.
Before the Afterwork Itself
Make sure you have concealer at home; you are going to need it the following morning. Coffee will also be high up on your priorities list; you’ll need plenty of it before work.
An open buffet doesn’t necessarily mean you should stuff your face. Pace yourself and check your manners when filling up your plate and eating. If you are still hungry afterwards, remember that you are in Paris and you can always get some food on your way home. Be a true gentleman!
The Open Bar
Same goes for the open bar. Just because you have access to unlimited bubbly and mojitos doesn’t mean you should drink recklessly, or you’ll pay the price the morning after. And keep in mind that you may not remember what you did the previous night, but your coworkers will.
When the Party is Over
If you are still hungry grab a sandwich before heading home- it will probably do you wonders after a night out on the razz. And don’t get too sidetracked on your way back because you have to be up early the next day. It’s an afterwork, not an afterparty.
If you want to experience a real Parisian afterwork event, here are some venues worth checking out.
A legendary club located on the golden triangle of the French capital. Created by Régine in the 70’s, it has become a classic of the Parisian nightscene. One of the chicest afterworks in Paris.
Ranked among the top 100 nightclubs worldwide and located by the Palais des Congrès. This is a chic club with elegant décor, and equipped with state of the art technology.
Located below Alexandre III Bridge is another classic of the French capital’s nightclubbing scene. Le Showcase hosts one of Paris’ most popular afterworks. It fills up quickly, so get there early.
David Guetta, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar… These are some of the names that have been known to spin at this Parisian venue located at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. They host afterwork events every Thursday where you’ll find expats from every nationality.