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Lapin Agile - Cabaret In Paris

The cabaret venue Lapin Agile dates back to around the year 1850 and was not originally called this, but in 1875 the artist Andre Gill painted a sign with a picture of a rabbit jumping out of a pan and the locals started to give the place the nickname of Le Lapin à Gill, which translates to Gill's Rabbit.

As time went on the name gradually went to Cabaret Au Lapin Agile, which is the same full name as it has today, and during the 19th century was a popular haunt of famous artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso.

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Lapin Agile - Cabaret In Paris

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.

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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:

Lapin Agile
22 Rue des Saules

Telephone: 1 46 06 85 87
Fax: 1 42 54 63 04

Lapin Agile Cabaret In Paris

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