One of Paris’s most beloved cabarets, Au Lapin Agile has been delighting audiences in Montmartre for decades. The title translates to “The Nimble Rabbit” from French, originating from a painting of a rabbit jumping out of a hot frying pan. The small theater was once a hotspot for bohemian Parisian artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-Latrec, and Utrillo. Picasso helped to make the space famous with his 1905 painting of “At the Lapin Agile.”
The iconic pink cottage cabaret drew in some of Paris’s most eccentric characters, many of which carved their names into the original wooden tables that still remain today. Having opened in 1860, the Paris institution has long been a source of evening revelry, good food and drink, and French song and dance performance. It continues to be an authentic venue for all three today.
Au Lapin Agile is located at at 22 Rue des Saules in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Sacre Couer Basilica. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 pm to 1 am, and is closed on Mondays. The €24 entry fee includes a glass of house wine. The nearest metro station is Lamarck-Caulaincourt.