Le Batofar is a nightclub with a difference


Hip-hop legends Slum Village are playing there on 9 September.

Founded fifteen years ago, the founding of Le Batofar generated a wave of boat parties and floating night clubs in Paris. But there will only be one original. With its idiosyncratic décor and multiple functions – it has a restaurant, night club, heated terrace and even a beach (from May till September) – it’s generally accepted to be a Parisian cultural landmark. 

Whoever programmes their nights must be working over-time because they rarely have an empty day. And although they focus on electronic music, they’ve also hosted musicians like Père Ubu, Tim Hecker and Inspectach Deck from Wu-Tang Clan. Staying on the hip-hop side of things, however, in a few weeks they’ve got a live show from Slum Village coming up, and you won’t want to miss it.

In case you haven’t heard of them, Slum Village are a legendary hip-hop group from Detroit, best known for incubating the talent of the late producer J. Dilla. The only two permanent members today are the founding member T3 and producer Young RJ, although they’re often joined by rappers like Elzhi and Illa J. Expect some classics from their first two masterpiece albums – Fan-Tas-Tic (Vol. 1) and Fantastic, Vol. 2 – and some joyous nautical vibes aboard one of Paris’s most unique clubs.

Tickets for Slum Village on 9 September are €21.49 and can be bought here. To get there from Generator Paris, take the Metro 7 from Louis Blanc and change onto the 14 at Pyramides. The closest stop is Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. It should take 45 minutes.