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“A unique experience but not for everyone.”
Review of Au Lapin Agile

Au Lapin Agile
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2-hour Paris Montmartre District Walking Tour with Local Guide
Ranked #25 of 445 Nightlife in Paris
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Owner description: Originally opened in 1860, this famous cabaret bar still offers rousing performances of song, dance and comedy as well as quality foods and wines.
Reviewed September 25, 2011

If you (and all your party) don't speak good colloquial French then there is really little point in going. The show starts late and finishes very late. The songs are generally traditional and greeted with knowing recognition. Participation is encouraged. The seating is cramped and not very comfortable wherever you are assigned a place. Eating and drinking is not really the point of the exercise. If you enjoy it you will have had a memorable evening unlike anything you are likely to see anywhere else. Probably now one of a kind - alas.

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Reviewed August 2, 2011

The quintessential Paris nightspot for 24 euros per person, including a cherry brandy. Many on this site have bad rapped this spot, warning to sit at the "Door" or be trapped all night; and cranky performers. Not our experience at all. The "owner", cast and "waiter" were delightful. The music was fabulous. Yes, all in french. That is why I was in France. Here everything is in english. What else? Sits about 30 people. Reserve ahead. Starts at 9 goes till early in the morning. If you pass it by its like going to Paris and eating chinese food.

11  Thank anropn
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

Date:August 19, 2008
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I visited Au Lapin Agile with my 13 year old niece and expected to have an authentic French experience and did. I understand when you'll in France people speak french, however, due to the touristy nature of the venue, you would expect some sort of commentary on the show. The only ones having fun were the actors and singers themselves. Even a program with the story line would have made it better. Better yet, let the tourist know that the show is entirely in french. Of course it's in France but...
I sat there trying to glen some gist of what was going on and finally decided to chalk it up as a "It's just good to be here experience." Then I and several others got very irritated when we realized they took our money and couldn't care less if we were drawn into the show or not.. It went on and on and on and...
It was like a big inside joke-on the tourist. Looking around most had glazed over stares, waiting some interpretation or looking for escape which had to be made through the performers.
After what seemed an eternity, like the painting of the rabbit out of the pot, we hopped out with about 10 other dissapointed tourists.

My advice, just go see the quaint little cottage and take a picture outside. I am returning with a group this spring and that's what we plan to do.

14  Thank RoyalCourtQueen
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Reviewed June 23, 2008

This has the potential to be one of the highest-rating attractions in Paris, but someone needs to tell the managers of this place that they are performing for customers, not for themselves! We were slightly dubious about going here, because of the mixed reviews. We were right to have our doubts . . .

Starting with the good news, it is definitely authentic and the singing is terrific. I lived in France for 3 years when I was younger and really enjoyed hearing the songs that made me fall in love with France. There were about 7 or 8 different singers, of different ages and genres, and there was also some comedy and poetry.

Now the bad news. 1) It is REALLY uncomfortable, almost a form of torture after a while, since the tables are too low. 2) It seemed impossible to get a second drink. We were there over two hours and saw no way of ordering a drink (you may be asking why we didn't just leave the room to get one, but I'll come on to this). 3) Whilst very professional, some of the artistes were just not friendly. The evening we were there, the mix was about 50% (non-French) tourists and 50% French. However, one of the performers in particular seemed very upset that we were not all singing along. He even made a comment, which he probably thought we couldn't understand, that some of us looked like statues. He also proceeded to harangue, in what he probably thought was an amusing way, a pair of elderly Japanese gentlemen (who subsequently left). None of this was very funny. 4) The show goes on forever, with no discernible break, almost no commentary and no easy way to even leave the room (the artistes perform in front of the entrance doorway). I'm sure even French patrons would appreciate a little background to some of the music, but it seemed as if we were supposed to know this already, and if we didn't, we shouldn't be there. In the end, even though we were enjoying the evening, we sub-consciously formed an escape committee with some others (strategic positioning of stools and bags) and, during a longer than usual pause between breaths, bolted for the door, along with at least half a dozen others, including some French people!

Overall, if you adore authentic French chansons, this is the place to experience it. However, you also need to have slightly masochistic tendencies, not mind being sneered at by a couple of arrogant performers and be able to nurse a drink for 5 hours. You have been warned . . .

12  Thank mridolfo
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Reviewed April 28, 2008

My husband and I attended an evening at Au Lapin Agile in April 2008. We had a nice time and overall, do not regret going -- but here's what you need to know before you go...

1. All the singing and banter is in French. This is fine (after all, you're in France!), but since there is no translating of anything being said or sung, non-French speakers may grow a little weary. We only speak a few phrases in French, and we enjoyed the songs -- up to a point. The audience is encouraged to sing along, so if you are so inclined you can brush up on your French folk songs before attending.

2. The show (at least the one that we saw) is simply watching the performers sing with each other while they too are sitting around a table in a dimly lit room (audience is seated around the perimeter of the room). There is no stage (that we knew of). Occasionally they get up to play the piano, accordian, etc. We never saw any dancing. Maybe that happened after we left.

3. The show is long. We left after TWO HOURS and there was no break, intermission, or end in sight. Some of the performers have solo parts in which they sing song after song after song. This got a little tiresome. Another couple left at the same time. They were French and knew all the words to all the songs and even THEY had to get out of there. I don't know how long the show is supposed to be, but it started at 9pm and we left at 11pm.

4. The cost is 24 Euros per person and includes one free (small) drink. We were a little surprised at the total cost, but were ok with it. The kicker is: they don't take credit cards. You will need to have cash on you. We were lucky we happened to have enough but it was close. Hit an ATM before the show. We were not informed of the cost or type of payment accepted until we decided to leave.

5. Reservations? We were there on a Friday night and were asked if we had made reservations. Answer: No. Reply: Ah, ok right this way. We were seated with no problem. Not sure why reservations would be needed. There were several empty seats.

If you're looking for something fun and very French to do in Montmartre, by all means stop by Au Lapin Agile and have a drink and, even if you don't speak French, a good laugh. But be prepared for a long evening and bring your cash!

13  Thank Doreen M
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