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Vive La France: D.C. Celebrates Bastille Day

If you’re still riding high from last weekend’s Fourth of July festivities, no need to put away your red, white and blue just yet—this weekend brings celebrations commemorating Bastille Day, the storming of the Bastille that ushered in the French revolution on July 14, 1789. One should never turn down the chance to drink for freedom, so check out our roundup of the best places to toast “La Fête Nationale” in D.C.

L'Enfant Cafe & Bar: On July 12, from 3 - 11 PM, this French cafe in Adams Morgan will throw its famous annual Bastille Day Street Bash which closes down a portion of 18th St for the French Maid Relay as well as a beer garden, can-can dancers and their house specialty cognac cocktails, like the Canton Royal, with Domaine de Canton Ginger Cognac, Champagne, and lemon juice. (2000 18th Street NW; 202-319-1800)

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown: Stop by the swank Urban Garden at the Georgetown Ritz on July 13 to celebrate in style. Their Bastille Day Art Soiree, which kicks off at 7 PM is sponsored by Moët Ice Impérial so expect complimentary champagne tastings and French DJ’s in addition to their steak frites and Sazeracs. (3100 South Street NW; 202-912-4100)

Chez Billy: Petworth neighborhood favorite Chez Billy will be offering all-day happy hour ($5 beers, $5 wine, $5 cocktail du jour) as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres on June 13 at 6 PM. Splurge on one of their boozy desserts like the Anjou Pear poached with Gewurztraminer or the Dessert Cocktail, with Clemente VSOP, cinnamon syrup, and coffee bitters. (3815 Georgia Ave NW; 202-506-2080)

Bistrot du Coin: Named the “best place to celebrate Bastille Day in Washington,” this Dupont bistro turns into a full-on Parisian party after 11 PM. Get there early to enjoy their extensive wine list, which highlights top wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, or sip on a Jenlain Blonde, a refreshing beer from a commune in the north of France. (1738 Connecticut Avenue NW;202-234-6969)

Le Diplomate: No roundup of French joints is complete without mentioning the wildly successful Le Diplomate. You may have to fight for a table at their charming outdoor patio, but you’ll feel like you’re celebrating on the Champs-Élysées. Order a carafe to share of one of their house wines, La Vielle Ferme, Ventoux Rouge, or Lubéron Blanc. (1601 14th Street NW; 202-332-3333)

La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France: To get the best of D.C.’s French cuisine and cocktails all in one place, head to the French Embassy on July 11 at 7:30 PM for their huge bash featuring more than 20 different bars and restaurants sampling the best of French wines, champagne and spirits. Grey Goose is a sponsor so look for bartenders serving their French Martini—Grey Goose vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord liqueur. (4101 Reservoir Rd NW; 202-944-6346)

Le Chat Noir: This charming French bistro in Friendship Heights recently opened a new sunlit wine lounge inspired by Art Nouveau and vintage winemaking culture. They’ll be offering a pre-fixe Bastille Day Menu on July 14 accompanied by their curated wine selection which focuses on organic and biodynamically grown grapes from small French wineries. (4907 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202-244-2044)

Photo: Flickr user starcade_dc


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