One of Paris’ most renowned cabaret theaters, the Folies Bergère has operated for over 130 years. Established in 1869, the venue helped pioneer the cabaret revue style of performance; in the 20th century, it gained a reputation for edgy shows with nearly nude dancers. Today, the venue hosts an array of contemporary cabaret performances.
Originally named the Folies Trévise, the Folies Bergère began life as an operetta and pantomime venue before evolving into a leading cabaret theater. The venue earned fame for its energetic shows, striking costumes, and wide range of performances (including racy numbers featuring scantily clad dancers). Over the years, celebrated figures ranging from Josephine Baker and Charlie Chaplin to Mistinguett all appeared on its stage. Considered a legendary Paris performance space, today the Folies Bergère hosts a range of cabaret shows updated with contemporary costumes and choreography.
While the Folies Bergère cannot be visited outside of performance times, tickets to shows can easily be booked online. The building’s striking art deco facade can also be glimpsed during walking tours of the neighborhood.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Folies Bergère is accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
- The venue’s bar serves drinks and small treats prior to showtime and during intermission.
- Storing large suitcases in the Folies Bergère’s cloakroom is not permitted; avoid bringing oversize bags or luggage with you.
How to Get There
Conveniently located in the ninth arrondissement, the Folies Bergère can be accessed by Métro (take line 7 to Cadet or line 8 or 9 to Grands Boulevards), by bus (use line 26, 32, 42, 43, or 48), by car, on foot, or by Vélib’ bike.When to Get There
The Folies Bergère is only open to visitors during performance times, and general tours of the venue are not offered. Book tickets in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment; doors open one hour prior to showtimes.The Folies Bergère in Popular Culture
Over the decades, the Folies Bergère has appeared in numerous pop cultural contexts. It featured in art nouveau posters; was celebrated in Manet’s famed painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
; has appeared in numerous television shows and films; and was mentioned in Guy de Maupassant’s novel Bel Ami