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The Lapin Agile, the meeting place of past and future artists

December 21, 2011

Nested on a cobblestone street in front of the Montmartre vineyards, the Lapin Agile is one of the oldest cabarets in Paris. Housed in a small green and pink building, it opened in the 1850s and soon started to welcome all kinds of artists: poets, singers, painters or even sculptors. The cabaret used to be the meeting place of struggling artists such as Picasso, Modigliani or Utrillo to name a few. It also saw the debuts of singers such as Georges Brassens or Claude Nougaro. Charlie Chaplin even came in one night and played the violin in front of an ecstatic crowd.

The cabaret was first called “The Cabaret des Assassins”, but after Andre Gil, a famous painter now buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery, painted on the façade a rabbit jumping out of a cooking pan, it became known as the  “Lapin à Gill” (Gill’s rabbit), before becoming the “Lapin Agile”. The place hasn’t changed a bit since its opening. So if you want to feel the historic atmosphere of Montmartre, you can go there at night to enjoy an evening full of singing and laughing, in an atmosphere similar to that of the cabaret’s heydays.  You’ll get to sing Edith Piaf’s repertoire as well as Parisian songs, some of them dating back from the 17th century!

Lapin Agile : 24, rue des Saules 75018. Open Tuesday to Sunday at 9pm (24€)

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