Check Out These Satanic Nightclubs From Belle Epoque Paris

Anyone who's seen Moulin Rouge knows that belle epoque Paris was quite the party but what you may not know is that there were kinkier things happening besides absinthe-induced insanity and can-can girls. Check out these photos of heaven and hell-themed boîtes from the 1890s showing satantic décor that would make a modern-day goth blush. A hellish ghoul greeted passersby on the street outside the entrance to Cabaret de l'Enfer ("The Cabaret of the Inferno") while at Cabaret du Néant ("The Cabaret of Nothingness"), patrons sipped libations at coffin tables and saw their fellow bargoers turn into skeletons through magic tricks performed by an Old Man Winter look-alike. The photos come from the 1899 book Bohemian Paris of To-Day by William Chambers Morrow and Édouard Cucue -- perhaps it was like a French precursor to PAPER?

Check out the outlandish pics below and head over to io9 to read excerpts from the book.


Cabaret de l'Enfer ("The Cabaret of the Inferno") c. 1890s, Paris


Cabaret de l'Enfer ("The Cabaret of the Inferno") c. 1890s, Paris


Cabaret du Néant ("The Cabaret of Nothingness") c. 1890s, Paris

Cabaret du Néant ("The Cabaret of Nothingness") c. 1890s, Paris






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