The Moulin Rouge is a Paris based Cabaret founded in 1889 which is located in the former red-light district of Pigall in the 18th Arrondissement. The Moulin Rouge used to be a place for gala or dancing nights, but then started to host more and more operettas and revues. The name of the cabaret comes from the further adjustment of the red windmill on top of the building.
The Moulin Rouge today
There are very strict conditions of admission if you want to be a dancer in the famous Moulin Rouge. For example the fact that men have to be taller than 1.85m, women taller then 1.75m to get on stage. There are however nonetheless 110 people employed as a dancer or an artist here and there are still many waiting for acceptance to be able to dance at the Moulin Rouge.
Moreover, the Moulin Rouge has one of the biggest wine and champagne cellars of Paris. The cabaret sells more than 800 bottles of champagne a night, wich adds up to an amount of 240,000 bottles a year.
Especially the movie “Moulin Rouge” from 2001 added a lot to the cabaret's popularity and fame, although most tourists only take a look at the place from the outside. If you are looking for that special night however, you can reserve a table and watch the show whilst enjoying the many courses of the menu. The dining hours at the cabaret are usually around 7 pm, the shows in the Moulin Rouge start at 9 and 11 pm.
- The Moulin Rouge is among the 10 best rated Tourist Attractions in France.
How to get there
With public transportation:
The best way to get to the Moulin Rouge is by taking the Metro-line 2 until the stop Blanche or the line 12 until Pigalle.
You can also take bus lines 74, 81 or 95 to get there. Taking a walk around the neighborhood of the Cabaret is also always a thrill! Taking the car is not recommended since the only parking spots available close by are very expensive.