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Moulin Rouge
Written by Aksel Ritenis

Moulin Rouge



In 1889 a new music-hall – the Moulin Rouge – was opening at the foot of Butte Montmartre in the Jardin de Paris. This was an extravagant place with its huge dance floor, mirrors everywhere, and galleries that were the last word in elegance, to mix with the riffraff and girls of easy virtue.

The masters of the place were Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler. They nicknamed their establishment Le Premier Palais des Femmes (the first Women’s Palace) and bet on their success, enthusiastically claiming to whoever listened that the Moulin Rouge would become a temple of music and dance. On the very first day, their hopes were fulfilled – the other music-halls just had to learn!

Until the beginning of World War I, the Moulin Rouge had become a true temple dedicated to operetta. But the success of Moulin Rouge was interrupted by the World Wars and for a while lost its glory.

It was six years after World War II before the Moulin Rouge recovered its former magnificence. In 1951, Georges France, alias Jo France, the founder of Balajo, bought the Bal du Moulin Rouge and set about renovating in order to allow the famous establishment to hold again the most wonderful nights in Paris, and regain its splendor of longago. Dance parties, entertainment and receptions for charity were back…

ADDRESS: Montmartre, 82 boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
+33 01 53 09 82 82
Cover including champagne € 89 – €99, 7pm dinner and show € 145 – € 175
: Metro: Blanche (Line 2)




The Crazy Horse was opened in 1951 in the basement of a prestigious building on Avenue Georges V in Paris, France. The creator and visionary of this now famous cabaret was Alain Bernardin, a cultivated man with a fascination for show business and the United States who drew his main inspiration from American-style striptease.

Ahead of his time, and with a boundless admiration for women, Bernardin insisted on taking a creative approach to his dancers and their surroundings, even in the cabaret’s earliest years. As the dancers performed their numbers on the modest stage, variety artists behind the scenes prepared their acts for interlude, which featured music and comedy skits.

As the years went by, the Crazy Horse moved with the times, transferring the major trends of the day to the stage.

Having found the key to it’s success, the Crazy Horse went on to become a legend, attracting a loyal clientele from Paris and around the world, delighted to discover new styles and to experience the magic for themselves! Based on the cabaret’s success new Crazy Horse cabarets were also opened in Las Vegas and Asia.

It’s undeniable: glamour never goes out of style!

ADDRESS: 12 av. George V, 75008 Paris, France
+33 01 47 23 32 32
Sun – Fri 8:15 pm & 10:45 pm
Sat 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm & 11:45 pm
Reservations recommended
Cover (includes 2 drinks) € 65 for seat at the bar, € 100 – € 150 for table (dinner spectacle)
: Metro: George V (Line 1) or Alma-Marceau (Line 9)




Located on the world’s most famous avenue, the Champs-Elysées, the Lido has been a venue for the finest shows with the most famous names and revues that have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. All the greats have performed there, from Shirley MacLaine to Laurel and Hardy and Elton John…

The Lido would not be what it is today without the fi ve people who originated the concept, guided by their vision of the cabaret’s renaissance: The Clerico Brothers, Miss Bluebell, Pierre Louis Guérin and Renée Fraday. In 1946 they created a one-of-a-kind cabaret. The Lido invented the dinner show format that soon set the standard for nightclub entertainment.

Now the Lido is more spectacular than ever!

ADDRESS: 116 bis av. des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris France
+33 01 40 76 56 10
Open daily 6 pm – 2 pm
Dinner dance (7:30pm) and show (11:30pm) € 140 – € 210,

show only (9:30 and 11:30pm) € 90.
Price includes half-bottle of champagne per person
: Metro: George V (Line 1)

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