With France being one of the teams in the World Cup final on Sunday, Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday are sure to be extra festive.
Bastille Day — the national day of France, commemorating a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789 — might not be the biggest holiday celebrated in Central Texas, but you can bet there will be plenty of places to go for special Bastille Day events this weekend around town.
Here’s where to go.
Le Politique, 110 San Antonio St. Suite 140. France’s national holiday is a very good reason to fête all day long at the downtown Austin restaurant, which will have treats, including lots of macarons and champagne, and activities for the whole family.
Péché, 208 W. Fourth St. There’s nothing like a visit from the green fairy — and no better place to experience it — than at Austin’s first absinthe bar. Péché will have $5 glasses of Pernod Absinthe, as well as $5 French 75 cocktails, for Bastille Day.
Butterfly Bar at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd. Enjoy French-inspired cocktails and French music at this cozy bar, as well as French-themed entrées at the Butterfly Bar's resident food truck Patrizi's.
Calais Winery, 8115 US 290 West, Hye. A taste of France is coming to the Texas Hill Country, if you’re in the mood for a day trip. Get a preview of 2017 Cuvée du Rocher Sauvignon Blanc, enjoy a meaty feast to pair with it and don’t miss the pétanque tournament. This one’s being held on Sunday afternoon.
Parker Jazz Club, 117 W. Fourth St. Austin’s newest underground jazz spot is transforming into a Paris nightclub with two sets of French standards by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Sydney Bechet. Parker is also serving French cocktails and cuisine.
Texas Keeper Cider, 12521 Twin Creeks Rd. A release party for its newest vintage of the Cortland Demi-Sec doubles as a Bastille Day celebration with a French-influenced menu from on-site food truck Puli-Ra featuring items like buckwheat crepes, boudin blanc, ratatouille, salade niçoise and more.
Chez Nous, 510 Neches St. The longtime downtown French restaurant plans to serve a special a la carte menu that won’t be revealed until Bastille Day. Let’s be honest, you’ll probably want champagne with it.
According to Alliance Française d'Austin, there will also be celebrations at Blue Dahlia, Justine’s, Toulouse Café at the Domain, Crêpe Crazy and more.
And don’t forget the next day is the World Cup final, which starts at 10 a.m. our time. France is playing against Croatia.
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