Bastille Day is a celebration of the fall of tyranny in France -- and the decadence of French cuisine. Various restaurants, bars and cafes are hosting French-inspired festivities in the name of French independence. Washingtonians looking to celebrate French culture have many options throughout the city.
Appropriately enough, Bastille (606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria) will have special dishes on Bastille Day. The dishes are inspired by traditional cuisine from the Bordeaux region of France and include French staples such as foie gras, cheese and wine.
Head to CityCenterDC for wine tastings, mini-facials and discounted special menu items. The Bon Musique Quartet will also be performing for the audience. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Thursday. Also at CityCenterDC, Louis Vuitton (943 Palmer Alley NW, Suite 307) will celebrate Bastille Day with champagne and French snacks, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will have a sketch artist on location.
Trout fillet with almonds, boeuf bourguignon and sweetbread are on the menu at this French-themed restaurant (1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Additionally, Thursday will feature live jazz performances.
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From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday night, Cafe du Parc (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will have $10 crepes and live music for guests.
Eno Wine Bar (810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is celebrating Bastille Day with their collection of French wines. A glass is $9 and bottles of French wine are 30 percent off.
This apartment complex (8300 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda) will host a party from 6 to 8 p.m. with complimentary beer, wine, and champagne. Be sure to RSVP, as it is required in order to attend.
The French Embassy (4101 Reservoir Road NW) welcomes guests to learn about French history, culture and cuisine at their celebration on Bastille Day. An open bar and live performances will surely make for a vibrant evening.
The popular French cafe (1601 14th St. NW) will provide exquisite treats for their customers from Thursday to Sunday. You'll also find mime performances, a French ice cream cart, and an assortment of French cocktails The usual savory menu of escargot, baguettes and lobster will also be available.
This bar (2017 14th St. NW) will have two special decadent cocktails for those celebrating French independence, the "Call Me" cocktail and the "Zelda."