The Lapin Agile is still just as famous as it was, yet
unfortunately you will not be able to see the original sign, as this is now housed within
the Musée du Vieux Montmartre.
Another reason that this place became so famous was through the painting by Pablo Picasso that went to auction in the 1980's and
sold for many millions of pounds, which is now on view at New York City's Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
Housed in the pastel coloured building on a steep, cobbled street in the centre of the
Montmartre area of Paris, you will not see fancy costumes and half naked women like at the
Moulin Rouge or The Crazy Horse, but what you will get are
still the strong cabaret traditions of times gone by.
The Lapin Agile is located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris
near to the Sacre Coeur Basilica and you
will end up sitting at wooden tables, where initials have been carved out from people
frequenting the place in the past.
True to the bohemian roots this cabaret has in Paris, you will be able to listen to the
chansons, which are basically old French songs that can even date back as far as the 15th
century and are accompanied by a piano. A lot of these are 'sing a long' type songs
where the Parisians really do enjoy themselves, but there is also poetry and a bit of
traditional cabaret thrown in and you may recognise some of the songs from famous artists
such as Edith Piaf that are very popular.
The Lapin Agile is a very informal cabaret
venue where people will come and go all night and because the performers are casually
dressed and interact with the people around them rather than being out of the way on a
stage, it is a very intimate, get involved, type of atmosphere.
Souvenirs, paintings, poems and testimonies cover the walls of this traditional entertainment venue and with lots of different
incredible singers and poets who perform a four hour show, you will find the atmosphere
touching and a night to remember.
Bar Cabaret Key Points
The Lapin Agile opens on Tuesday through to a Sunday from 9pm to 2am.
The cabaret show itself last for four hours non stop. The cost for the show and one
drink is around 24 per person.
Suitable for all the family, however reservations are highly recommended as it is very
popular, especially with the French themselves, as it is not so touristy and more of the
authentic Parisian club.
There is no particular dress code and everyone is very casual, however jeans are one of
those items to avoid.
The nearest Metro station is the Lamarck-Caulaincourt.
It is also partially accessible to people in wheelchairs.
Address & Contact Details:
22 Rue des Saules
Telephone: 1 46 06 85 87
Fax: 1 42 54 63 04