Moulin Rouge, Paris
Moulin Rouge is probably the most famous cabaret in the world. It made Cancan big in 1961 and it's still a "hot spot" ever since!
The current show, called Féeire consist of 100 artists, 60 of them being the georgeous Doriss Girls from all around the world.
Shows are relatively expensive (87-97 EUR), if you also want to have dinner, the price goes up to 140-170 EUR.
You have to reserve your place in advance by phone or on the net.
Dress Code: As they posted it on the page: Formal attire. Jacket and tie will be appreciated. No shorts.
It was my aunt's idea to see the Moulin Rouge show; it was either that or dinner at Altitude 95. Since she likes cabarets then she figured this one would be great.
We booked the dinner/show package-the Toulouse Lautrec menu to be exact. And it's not cheap. It costs 150 euro/person.
We took a tour package that includes the transportation and pickup at our hotel. As you're dropped off on the sidewalk you'll notice what seems like hundreds of other tourists like yourself lined up to enter the theater on Blvd. de Clichy. And don't be surprised to see alot of sights while waiting :)
This is Pigalle after all.
After you're let into the theater's foyer you will be demanded to take off your coat-yes, so that you can check it for a fee. They don't allow coats in the theater. Maybe it's a hazard if people trip on coats hanging from chairs?? Oh, by the way there's also a vendor selling the programmes for like 7 euro or so (can't really recall).
It's a huge theater with the dinner patrons sitting on the main floor and the drinks only patrons sitting far up. Dinner was not so great; it was a chicken dish that was a bit dry. Dessert was okay. On the whole, as others have noted, the food is not that great. But being a package it came with a 1/2 bottle of champagne per person. My aunt could not drink more than two glasses so I got the honors of drinking as much champagne in one sitting than I've ever done before.
The show itself is a variety show and unbelievably good. The performers are very talented, the dancers-both the women and men-are talented as well and, of course, in pretty good shape!
There is one act where a huge aquarium slides out from under the stage and a girl dives in and does her dance number-with a few albino snakes. Uh, I have a phobia of snakes so sitting upclose to the aquarium gave me the creeps.
One amusing thing: loved checking all the young & old guys with their eyes popping out when the girls were onstage!!
In summary, I recommend the show itself but not the dinner.
Dress Code: Semi-formal to formal dress required
Night life In Paris
When planning an evening out in Paris, it is more important to decide where to go than what to do. The Champs-Elys?es and Trocad?ro areas are full of tourists and overpriced nightspots, but if wishing to impress, may be worth considering.
Pigalle is the seedy sex centre of Paris but home to some good music venues and the Moulin Rouge cabaret, where the cancan is still performed. Montmartre is heaving in summer but the views over Paris from Sacr?-Coeur are unbeatable.
Bastille is buzzing with bars and clubs but is a bit too hectic for some. The best area for an evening's caf?-hopping is the Marais district, (also the centre of the gay scene), closely followed by the increasingly fashionable Oberkampf, which suits a younger crowd.
Place Blanche, 18th arrondissement
Tel: 46 06 00 19
Metro station: Blanche
Show times: Dinner dance at 20h, shows at 22h and Midnight daily.
Web site : Available in English and French
Dress Code: Discotheque and Night Club
Paris's nightclubs tend to be both expensive and exclusive - if you know someone who knows the ropes, you'll have an easier time getting through the door. Many venues host a specific soir?e on a given night of the week, so the party-hearty crowd is no longer faithful to just one club, for information about dates, look out for flyers in bars.
Techno, house, garage and latino are the popular sounds. Bouncers frequently turn potential punters away and many of the smarter clubs are (or claim to be) private. There is no sure way of gaining admission, although being foreign, dressed identically to everyone inside, accompanied by a regular or simply beautiful helps. Admission prices (usually about the Euros 15) often include one free drink. Clubs open at about 2300 and tend not to close until dawn; it is coolest to arrive around 0300, or at least after midnight
I can only comment on the actual spot and location of the Moulin Rouge, as it was too expensive for me to actually attend. Tix start at 70Eur and that is to stand at the bar,
Of course it is free to take photos out the front of the Moulin Rouge of the Windmill, which alot of people including myself tend to do.
Dress Code: Im not sure of the dress code, but I dont think it is necessary to really dress up too much.
Well, when I was doing some research, all the vt´s agreed to put it into tourist traps, so we did not enter, but we passed by, during our night visit to Montmartre .....
I guess I would not pay 100 Euros for the show .... each person....
All I can say is: wow. The show of the Moulin Rouge was amazing! Colors, lights, music, entertainment! Everything was there. Though famous for the topless women, the show is much more than that. There are dancers, comedians, and gymnasts. One act that I thought was particularly amazing: a man and women doing amazing balancing acts of strength. They balanced each other with just a hand, and did tricks I didn't think were possible! A must see in Paris!
Despite the fact that the show is not entirely topless women, the Moulin Rouge is still not child-friendly. Leave the kids at home for this one. I had teenage boys in my tour group, and they giggled a bit...
As a warning, cameras are not allowed inside the Moulin Rouge. They collect them at the door, then give them back to you after your show.
Dress Code: As for the dress code, dress smartly. You don't need to go all out, but look presentable. Ladies could wear a nice dress or a skirt and top. Men could wear a dress shirt and pants.
A cabaret built in 1889
Close to Montmartre in the Pigalle district, the 18th arrondissement. You won't miss the windmill :)
The story and past shows
Best known as the place that popularised the can-can, it was the forerunner of European cabarets.
- Frou Frou (1963-1965)
- Frisson (1965-1967)
- Fascination (1967-1970)
- Fantastic (1970-1973)
- Festival (1973-1976)
- Follement (1976-1978)
- Frenesie (1978-1983)
- Femmes, Femmes, Femmes (1983-1988)
- Formidable (1988-1999)
- Feerie (1999-2009)
Dress Code: Smart
Immortalized by Toulouse-Lautrec, and the birthplace of the can-can, the Moulin Rouge (The Red Windmill) takes its name from one of the windmills of Montmartre present in another era. Situated in the red-light district of Pigalle it is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof. For 110 years, the most legendary cabaret in the world has provided its famous show. Dinner dance at 20h, shows at 22h and Midnight daily.
Dress Code: On our first trip to Paris we decided to attend the dinner show. My wife was sure that EVERYONE dressed up so there we went, me in a suit and the wife in a long black gown; long black gloves; pearl necklace and a mink coat. Out of the metro and past the sex shops barkers we walked and entered the building. For a second I thought we were at Denny’s the way people were dressed. The look on my wife’s face was priceless as she looked at all the slobs. Off went the fur, the gloves and the necklace as she muttered something in Russian that thankfully no one understood. The show was ok, but I can honestly say that the show in Las Vegas is superior.
Moulin Rouge (French for "red mill") is a traditional cabaret, built in 1889. Situated in the red-light district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy near Montmartre, it is famous for the large red imitation windmill on its roof. Over the past hundred years, the Moulin Rouge has remained a popular tourist destination, offering musical dance entertainment for adult visitors from around the world.
I managed to watch the cabaret show in 2003 and I enjoyed it. We bought a packaged tour that included a boat cruise and a Moulin Rouge show (ticket & 1 small champagne) The cabaret show is loud, fun, lively and vibrant with colors. The dancers were scantily dressed, and sometimes, topless too. However, the tables and chairs were arranged very close to each other, and it was rather cramped.
Dress Code: No Jeans and sneakers. Formal casual outfits required.
The Great old show in the world is the shows in Moulin Rouge , here you see many dancers and singers with the great music and singing with there colorfull clothes .and the dinner is include also with drink .
Dress Code: You must book before 2 or 3 days becuse all days is full .
We did not go in, but we had to go and have a look at the area as we had heard so much about it, and it was all true lol. You cannot be prudish when visiting Pigalle area, go with an open mind, and enjoy the atmosphere.
The Moulin Rouge, world-wide famous thanks to its French Cancan, and immortalized by the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, has always presented sumptuous shows to its spectators.
Today, the Moulin Rouge's new show, "Féerie", continue the tradition.
The 60 Doriis Girls, 1000 costums of feathers, shinestones and sequins, the famous French Cancan, the giant aquarium are expecting you in the most famous cabaret in the world.
On the 19.02.2003, I was there with
Anne-Laure and we admired the beautiful show! I won't forget it... It's not a tourist trap, really not... You will dream...
The Bal du Moulin Rouge performs 2 shows every evening, 365 days a year,
Dinner at 7 pm (130 to 160 Euros)
Show at 9 pm and at 11pm (92 and 82 Euros)
Dress Code: Officially :Formal attire requested.
Jacket and tie will be appreciated.
No casual clothes (jeans, basket shoes, sportswear...)
but I saw some jeans and basket shoes!!!
Although we didnt go in,just had to go and have a look.
We walked from Sacre-Coeur,took about 20 minutes,as we're ambling along you can tell the area is getting more and more grotty.
Passing lots of sex-shops and low life hanging round,found the Moulin Rouge,took a pic and left,didnt inspire me to go back,maybe its different when you're in there....
If you have seen Vegas caberet shows, well Paris is where they started. The show wasn't bad, but you were really crammed into small tables with too many people and the view may not be the best. I don't regret going, but I don't think I would really recommend it unless you have never seen a caberet type show in Paris, Vegas, Atlantic City, etc.
Two shows a night, and remember to book. The earlier show kicks off about 8 the later one 11.
A brilliant live show, with a bit of audience participation thrown in.
Dress Code: Smart / Casual thru to dinner jackets.