UPDATE: The VIP Room Paris closed permanently in May 2020.
Bar, Restaurant, Club
188 Rue de Rivoli, 1st
Don’t even think about trying to talk your way past these guys.
Rivoli, with scantily-clad ladies in their mini-dresses and stilettos
pressing at the velvet ropes and a whole fleet of black SUVs blocking
traffic. It was the official opening night of the new VIP Room, which
closed its old location on the Champs Elysées earlier this year to move
into the old premises of La Scala. Last time I went to La Scala was for
an Elvis Tribute party. It was an old club on two levels with a lot of
carpeting. It looks nothing like that anymore. In fact, it looks just
like the old VIP Room, with the same exact tables and oversized LED
panels, super sexy bar staff and a steady stream of Champagne bottles
with sparklers making the rounds.
Amazingly, only 24 hours earlier the club still looked like a construction site. The walls and ceilings were covered in a shiny, plastic looking
material that looked solid unless you touched it. The glass railings
keeping people from falling off the upper level onto the dance floor
below were still slightly wobbly. The restaurant is not yet open. The
floors were still unfinished and a strong scent of fresh paint welcomed
the crowd that began piling in around 11:30pm. By 12:30am, it was
already standing room only, and the crowd outside was twice as large as
the one inside – maybe 1200 people?
The DJ, with a futuristic silver curtain behind him, played mostly Madonna
mixes. The female bartenders wore sexy black leather masks while the
men wore black leather kilts and driving gloves. I stayed long enough
to chat with friends, have a drink, and spot a few “famous in France”
VIPS, before heading back out. Or at least trying to. Compared to the
quick entry, it was almost impossible to get out without climbing over
people still trying to get in. The club certainly started off with a
Zee fashion pipole.
A server waiting for his tables to fill up (which they all do, i about ten minutes flat).
If you’d like to get a peek at the new digs, you won’t have to wait long. The gentlemen of www.Urban-nights.com will be hosting one of their after-works parties at the VIP Room sometime in October, stay tuned!