Marion Hume | March 12th, 2012
Will Silencio take off as the Paris nightclub and place to be seen? In its favour; it is designed by US film director, David Lynch - and named after the creepy theatre in his 2001 spooky movie, Mulholland Drive. There is plenty of gold leaf on the subterranean walls, there are two very fast barmen and a cocktail menu which includes such treats as the Gimmick (a tangy and refreshing mix of avocado, coriander and lime with Beefeater Gin, green chartreuse and Luxardo Marachino liquor). Add to that the building has history; originally a printing house for newspapers, it was here that the famous French man of letters, Émile Zola printed J’Accuse one of the most famous pieces of French journalism. Plus the building was constructed by the same atelier who designed the Eiffel Tower.
But the climb down the six-storey staircase from the street seems almost as long as the climb up the Eiffel Tower, which you would not attempt in heels. Apparently the super-chic and the Kanye West posse arrive via the underground car park.
While the club is members only early evening, it is open to non-members from midnight to 6am.
Fashion tip; wear your most fabulous heels to get past the entry sentries; change in the stairwell into ballerinas, change back into your heels when, at last, you see a golden corridor stretching out before you. Enter, looking fabulous.
Silencio - 142, rue Montmartre, Paris 75002. www.silencio-club.com