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Celebrate Bastille Day in Continental Style

Can this be true? It’s Bastille Day again already? Indeed it is. San Francisco might not have the largest French population in the country, but we do have our share, what with Belden Place flanking the consulate and the likes of the French Laundry in our orbit. If you happen to know the words to La Marseillaise, you’ve got a head start already, but even if not, it’s fun to go drink wine and wear stripes for a day. Click through for a couple of our Bastille Day picks.

• You pretty much can’t miss if you head down to Belden Place tomorrow night. Yes, it’s the equivalent of spending Halloween in the Castro or the Fourth of July at the Embarcadero, but since this is a slightly more obscure holiday, the crowd might be a little more interesting. Only two of the restaurants down there are actually French, (Plouf and Cafe Bastille), but we predict tricolors in every direction anyway.

• Up in Yountville, Bouchon Bakery and Bouchon Bistro are throwing a party with food, wine, and music from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. You buy tickets for the drinks and food, which includes French wines along with merguez sausage, Tarte Flambé, sweets, and a whole roast pig.

Supperclub wouldn’t probably have been our first choice to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, but after seeing their menu, we’ve got to hand it to them. There are a few prix-fixe options from $35 to $70, being offered all week. And this fun little game: Anyone who brings in an original Poppys record eats free.

Celebrate Bastille Day in Continental Style