Ryan Bishti, Director of Cirq le Soir

It’s no secret that the nightlife scene in Paris has been suffering from a crisis of identity for years. The city has lost much of its luster, and the presence of new, young creatives and their energy has been sorely missed. As an insider with ten years of experience in the Parisian nightlife scene, I have witnessed this transformation and have seen countless venues close shop or change concepts almost every year.

What is your role in Cirq le Soir, and how did you get there?

Cirq le Soir is a supper club that I started in Paris with many friends. It’s a live experience, so we do everything live. The idea was to create something theatrical and something that was very, very different from what was going on in Paris. The team that I’m working with is not from Paris. It’s an international team. We’re coming from different cultural backgrounds, and we’re coming to Paris with a fresh perspective on what should be happening in Paris. That’s how Cirq le Soir was born.

The current state of the Parisian nightlife scene

The Parisian nightlife scene had seen a significant decline in 5 to 6 years. There are a lot of reasons behind that. I don’t think it’s one specific reason. It’s a combination of many different things. First off, in Paris, there’s this thing called “l’accès restraint,” which is the idea that you have to have a certain amount of people in line to get into a club. In addition to that, you have to have a certain number of people to get a table. So, this system has been growing and growing and growing over the last ten years.

Your vision for the future of nightlife in Paris

I think that Paris is going through a major transformation right now. There are many people with new ideas coming to Paris and wanting to contribute. They want to create, they want to make something unique, and they want to do something different. As artists and creative people, we need to stay true to ourselves and stay true to our vision. We need to find a way to remain authentic and accurate. We need to stay true to our roots and !!our culture.

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