If French maid races, masquerade balls, and baguette relays lack a certain je ne sais quoi for you, and don’t really appeal as suitable choices for Bastille Day fêtes, look no further. These three options will allow you to celebrate the quatorze juillet this Saturday evening in that most French-iest of ways: good food, good wine, and good company. Here are our picks for Bastille Day plans in the District:
Expect “swingin’ jazz” music from DC-based quartet Laissez Foure at Michel Richard’s Central, the cool, casual sister bistro to Citronelle. Come early and hang out at the chic bar—there’s a discount on French wines and specialty cocktails all evening—and then settle in at your table with such dishes as loupe provencale and escargots clafoutis.
Have a hard time figuring out what type of French wine to order? Cork Wine Bar is eliminating the guess work (a Burgundy white? a Rhone red?) by putting together a “Vive la République”-themed flight of reds, whites, and rosés. C’est tout simple!
We can’t tell if we’re in a Parisian bistro (the sidewalk tables! the warm lighting! the clank of plates and wine glasses!) or the Deep South (maple pork cracklin’, anyone?) when we walk into Mintwood Place , and that’s exactly its appeal. This weekend, the Adams Morgan restaurant is going full-on francophile with additional Gallic offerings on the menu, vintage French cocktails, and a discount on bottles of French wine.
Know of more Bastille Day eating/drinking events? Leave them in the comments, s’il vous plaît.