Au Lapin Agile
Enjoy a lively night of song, humor and poetry at Au Lapin Agile on your own, or visit the cabaret as part of a private walking tour of the Montmartre neighborhood made famous in the art-house film, Amelie. Stroll the winding alleyways toward the hilltop Sacré Coeur Basilica, taking in panoramic city views, learning about life in the 19th and 20th centuries, when legendary artists and poets lived, worked, and took in the nightlife here. Then, enjoy a romantic dinner before finishing your night with a rousing night of cabaret in the always packed Au Lapin Agile.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Au Lapin Agile is an ideal spot for lovers of cabaret, jazz, and nightlife.
- Entry is about US$27 and includes a glass of house cherry wine.
- Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended.
- The club can get steamy, so wear light clothing.
- Spot paintings by Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo, and others, and look for famous names carved on the tabletops.
How to Get There
Au Lapin Agile is located along Rue des Saules in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, behind Sacré Coeur Basilica. Take Métro line 12 to Lamarck-Caulaincourt, which is two blocks away. Or take bus line 40 or the Montmartrobus to Saules Cortot, one block away.
When to Get There
Au Lapin Agile is open at night, Tuesday through Sunday. Have a meal nearby and drop in well before 9pm, when the show usually starts. Although popular throughout the week, go on a weekday to beat the crowds. Come to Paris in the spring for the jazz and blues festival, Banlieues Bleues, and the summer, for the city-wide music festival, Quartier d’Été.
From Thieves to Assasins to Rabbits
Originally known as Cabaret des Voleurs (Cabaret of Thieves), the club changed its name to Cabaret des Assassins after, as the story goes, gangsters broke in and killed the owner’s son. In 1875, artist André Gill painted an entry sign—a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan—so residents started calling it Le Lapin à Gill (Gill’s Rabbit), and over time, the name evolved into a play on words, Au Lapin Agile (At the Nimble Rabbit).
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