Bastille Day Events in DC
Bastille Day – the French National Day – is celebrated in France on July 14. DC restaurants are joining the party this weekend with dinner specials and happy hours across town.
1337 11 St., NW
The Bird invites Bastille Day revelers to storm its rooftop free of charge on Friday starting at 7 p.m. Rosé wine and food is priced at $5, but the restaurant will let you eat cake–it’s free throughout the night. Register in advance on Eventbrite.
Bistrot du Coin
1738 Connecticut Ave., NW
You can dine on escargot, french onion soup, or a classic Steak BDC with french fries at the DuPont restaurant from 7-9 p.m. There will be a DJ starting at 11 p.m., and you can munch on late-night sandwiches until 1:30 a.m. Baguettes filled with Camembert cheese, Merguez sausage, and pâté will keep you well-fed throughout the night.
Cafe du Parc
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The Willard InterContinental’s in-house bistro plans to feature sweet and savory crepes and Grey Goose-based cocktails from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and strolling violinists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1847 14th Street NW
Starting at noon, this neighborhood bar is rolling out French wine, food, raffle prizes, and specialty drinks sponsored by Bastille whiskey.
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Central’s week-long celebration includes special dishes, such as grilled sea bass, on Thursday, July 13.
On Friday and Saturday they’re offering a three-course menu, including gougeres, escargot, and lamb chops, for $48; optional French wine pairings are an additional $24.
801 O Street NW
Chef Cedric Maupillier’s second restaurant is transforming into a Parisian cafe for the night, featuring soft music and a three-course, prix fixe menu for $35 per person. Beverage pairings are an additional $14 and include French aperitifs, beer, and wine.
Eno Wine Bar
2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The Four Seasons’ wine den has created a flight of French wines for $20, featuring chenin blanc, a rosé blend, and a cabernet blend. Complementary cheese and charcuterie boards run from $14 for three selections to $24 for six items. The hotel is also offering up to three hours of free valet parking.
1601 14th Street NW
Le Diplomate is putting on a show this Saturday, complete with mime and accordion performances, children’s activities, and all-day café service at starting at 11 a.m. Pastry chef Fabrice Bendano will serve gourmet ice creams and curbside slushie machines will churn out frozen elderflower drinks while carafe cocktails are made available inside.
502 H St., NE
Two words: free beer. On Friday, this H Street French spot will offer deals on drinks favored by Francophiles: free Kronenbourg from 6 to 8 p.m. and $3 pastis all night. Guests will also get a free baguette to munch on the way home.
1550 Seventh Street NW
Specialty cocktails, cheese, and charcuterie boards will be served from 5 p.m. to close.
1015 Seventh Street NW
The bar at chef Eric Ziebold’s Michelin-starred restaurant will serve up a range of food and drink to celebrate, starting at 5:30 p.m. Featured items include gougères with vanilla crème brûlée for $10 and raspberry-verbena sorbet for $12, as well as by-the-glass selections of Chateau de Lavernette, Beaujolais-Blanc, 2015 and Chateau Barde-Haut, Saint-Emilion, 2000.