Tucked in a little corner in Montmarte, overlooking Paris is a a small building that has been home to many famous singers, writers and artists for over 150 years. Au Lapin Agile, or the Agile Rabbit offers an authentic French experience like none other. For 24 Euros, an evening of entertainment entirely in French is enjoyed by international and local visitors.
Visiting Au Lapin Agile takes one into a different time and place. A time when simple pleasures and the joy of each other’s company was all one needed. This is a truly French experience that many tourists miss.
It is here where famous and infamous people spent hours and hours in the evening sharing stories, wit, and song. Names like Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vivien Leigh, Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ernest Hemmingway, Henry Miller, Lawrence Olivier, Lauren Bacall, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman and Burt Reynolds. Even Charlie Chaplin was known to to play his violin here. (source: http://www.bonjourparis.com/story/cafe-lapin-agile-montmartre-lolo-infamous-art-hoax/)
Imagine sitting on benches that these impressive artists and writers alike sat. Enjoying each other’s company, all in the artistic spirit.
It is a small room with benches squared around and just one entry way that is guarded by the gate keeper. Once the cabaret begins, one is only allowed to enter or exit between acts. A small glass of red wine with a soaked cherry is served with the entrance fee, but serving guests is not their priority. Instead the show is continual with French folk songs, short stories and comedy. All in French remember?
If you don’t know the words, they encourage you to sing along “La-La-La” and fake it. The Smithsonian offers 24 French Folk songs that you can enjoy and download for your listening pleasure.
Come sing La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf (1946) with me in Au Lapin Agile.