Vive La Bastille! A Guide To Celebrating Bastille Day In L.A.

by Dalya Benor · July 14, 2011

Bonjour, Angelenos! Today marks the very special Bastille Day, and whether or not you're a Francophile, international holidays in our book are just another semi-legit excuse to eat, drink, and be merry. For those cultured Europeans who say that us Americans are "ignorant" of other cultures, here's a little history lesson to catch you up to speed...

Bastille Day is held annually on July 14th, and is basically France's version of an American holiday held dear to our beer, the 4th of July. Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14th, 1789. The Bastille was a prison which stood as a symbol for Louis the 16th's unyielding power. The storming marked the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the monarchy. Vive la France!

So celebrate your France's freedom to get wasted...the French way. Grab a croissant and some vino at the restaurants below and channel your inner Parisian. Très chic! [Image via]

Bastille Day Celebration @ Breadbar

When: Thu, July 14,7:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: Breadbar Why: French specials all day starting with a French breakfast along with pastries, and ending with simple French classics for dinner. Bon appétit! [Details]

Bastille Day @ Comme Ça

When: Thu, July 14,11:30 am - 11:00 pm Where: Comme Ça Why: Myers is offering a French themed three-course prix-fixe menu for $40 per person, and the bar will be mixing up two specialty cocktails for $8 each. [Details] [Image via}

Fig + Olive Celebrates Bastille Day

When: Thu, July 14,4:30 pm - 10:30 pm Where: Fig + Olive Why: Fig + Olive is feting la journée de la Bastille in true French Riviera style with a special tasting of wines from Provence, live music, and a special prix-fixe menu created by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange. [Details]

Bastille Day @ La Cachette Bistro

When: Thu, July 14,5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Where: La Cachette Bistro Why: You can enjoy Chef Jean François Meteigner's special french classics out on the patio that evening, as well as in the restaurant, while DJ Lyesse spins music. [Details]

Cliff's Edge Bastille Day

When: Thu, July 14,8:00 pm - 12:00 pm Where: Cliff's Edge Why: Celebrate the storming of the Bastille by ordering great French specialties on the menu, eating free cake, watching awesome French movie clips, and listening to delicious French music from the past and present. [Details] [Photo via]