Parisian summers wouldn’t be complete without parties afloat. While most natives head to coastal getaways in the summer months, those stuck in the steamy center of the City of Lights seek relief in faux seaside pastimes, like city pools and the Paris Plage, a man-made, palm tree-lined beach bordering the Seine. Less sandy–but no less sweaty–are the parties on a pair of docked boats: Le Batofar and Le Bateau Concorde Atlantique. These run year-round, but hit their peak in the summer, when you can catch dinner, drinks, and a tan on the terrace before partying until the early hours.
Le Batofar, a red tugboat, is best known for its friendly crowd, a lower berth blanketed in hash-scented smoke, and an easygoing program of electro, reggae, punk rock, and drum & bass. The Concorde Atlantique, docked steps away from the Musée D’Orsay, often hosts cheesy student nights and ’80s music, but Sunday is a druggy afterhours house-and-techno jam, and Wednesdays from June through September is Respect is Burning’s long-running summer party, featuring DJ guests like Todd Terje, Dennis Ferrer, and Switch, alongside Parisian names like DJ Pone, Joakim, DJ Mehdi, and Etienne De Crecy.