Bastille Day For The Bostonian Bon Vivant

Bastille Day is almost upon us! Saturday’s French holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution. We love Bastille Day because it’s a wonderful excuse to drink a lot of very good wine and eat a truly gluttonous amount of French food. (Other excuses for such behavior include “It’s Tuesday” and “Oh, look, Amelie is on TV.”) Also, sometimes there are fireworks! Essentially, Bastille Day is a slightly classier Fourth of July. This year, it’s even taking place on a Saturday, so there’s no need to worry about a wine-based hangover. Below, three stellar ways to celebrate Bastille Day.

•In celebration of French freedom (or Freedom Freedom, if you’re a Republican congressman circa 2003), Sandrine’s Bistro will be offering a $25 three-course prix fixe dinner from Friday through Sunday. Since entrees normally start at $19, this is quite a bargain indeed!
•The ne plus ultra of Bastille Day events is hosted each year by the French Library Alliance Française. Join 2500 Boston francophiles on Marlborough Street at 6:00 for an evening of dancing and dining on treats from the likes of Sel De La Terre and Garden Of Eden.
•If a structured event sounds like too much trouble, why not hit up one of Boston’s fine traditional French restaurants? Our picks: Aquitaine for frisee et lardons, Bouchee for steak frites, or Petit Robert Bistro for duck confit.

Sandrine’s Bistro [Official Site]
Bastille Day [The Boston French Center]
Aquitaine [Official Site]
Bouchee [MenuPages]
Petit Robert Bistro [Official Site]

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Bastille Day For The Bostonian Bon Vivant