A mythical Parisian nightspot since Gainsbourg sang about it in the 1970’s, Black Calvados may prefer to be called “BC” since its 2006 incarnation but thankfully retains its crowd of beautiful people.
Fashion and furniture-designer Alexandre de Betak surely had something to do with this. Called upon by BC’s co-owner Chris Cornell—the lead singer of the now disbanded Audioslave—the former Victoria Secret catwalk-designer tricked out the once-flailing institution with inky blacks, neon lighting and enough glass mirrors to make even its minuscule space seem spacious.
An outrageous buzz-only door policy keeps the impossibly attractive and fashionable in check, while DJs, celebrities and other kinds of la jeunesse doree de Paris dance on tables and do unspeakable things with Greek heirs in the bathrooms. The ultimate decadence, though, is ordering the mini hamburger and fries at 2am.