Paris’ residential make up means nightclubs aren’t ubiquitous. Lacking a mainstream scene, clubbing here tends to be underground and extremely mobile, making blogs, forums and websites the savviest means of keeping apace with what’s happening. But the beat is strong: electronic music is of particularly high quality in Paris’ clubs, the salsa scene is huge, and there's a wealth of great live music scene too, from rock, pop and indie to swinging jazz and stirring chansons (lyric-driven French numbers à la Édith Piaf). French and international opera, ballet and theatre companies and cabaret dancers take to the stage in venues of mythical proportion, and a flurry of passionate, highly creative musicians, theatre aficionados and artists make the city’s fascinating fringe art scene what it is. The city is also home to some wonderful arthouse cinemas. Here are the best places to delve into the Parisian night.