Cabarets in Paris: A Beginner’s Guide


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Cabarets (sometimes referred to as ‘Feather Clubs’ are the famed nightspots where tourists flock to view an array of almost perfect female bodies draped in not much more than feathers. The most well known clubs such as Le Moulin Rouge, Les Folies Bergeres, the Crazy Horse and the Lido need little introduction. You can add a new one (or really a revived club) Bobino on Rue de la Gaite. Bobino used to be one of the venues for American cabaret dancer, singer, movie actress – humanitarian – and French Resistance participant – Josephine Baker. Likewise Crazy House is revamping (please excuse the pun) with the help of Pamela Anderson’s recent appearance.

What you need to know about Feather Clubs

These are strictly “on the level” establishments, meaning that couples can feel welcome. Be aware that nudity is part of the entertainment (but you wouldn’t see much more than might see on French nude beaches). The Crazy Horse dancers may appear to be totally nude – but because of lighting, etc – it’s just an “impression”.

Cabarets can be attended as dinner and champagne outing or simply for the show with a half bottle of champagne. Whatever you decide on, plan on spending a minimum of 100 Euros per person for the night.

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Moulin Rouge (18th arr.)
(Home of the French ‘can-can’)
82 Blvd. de Clichy
Metro: Blanche
Tel. 01 53 09 82 82
Show starts at 9 PM (99 Eros) or at 11 pm (89 Euros)
Dinners start at 7 pm (145-175 Euros for the dinneer+show)

Crazy Horse
12 Avenue George V (8 arr.)
Metro: Alma Marceau or George V
Tel. 01 47 23 32 32
‘Forever Crazy’ is the current show.
Shows start at 8:30 and 11 pm or 7:30, 9:45 and 11:50 pm on Saturday nights. Price for the show ranges from 65 Euros to 120 Euros. You can arrange to have a dinner/show price of 150 Euros with partner restaurants.

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Le Lido
116 bis, Ave des Champs Elysees (8 arr)
Metro: George V
Tel 01 40 76 56 10
“Bonheur” is the current show.
Shows start at 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm. Prices range from 100 Euros to 90 Euros with a half bottle of champagne included.

Bobin’o
14-20 Rue de la Gaite (14 arr)
Metro: Gaite or Edgar Quinet
Tel. 08 20 00 90 00
Wednesday to Sunday
Show starts at 9:30 pm. Price is 85 Euros with half a bottle of champagne included.
Dinners start at 7:30 Dinner+show begin at 120 Euros.

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