Today's Bastille Day, or French National's Day, which is kind of like France's Independence Day. You might have noticed that there are a lot of French people in San Francisco, which means there'll be a lot of celebrating in the city tonight, and one of the most popular activities to do on Bastille Day in SF is drink. Bonus: It's going to be fairly warm outside tonight, and there are a few options to drink al fresco drinking today. Here are some events to celebrate the other red, white, and blue July holiday:
Bastille Day Block Party in Claude Lane
Where: Claude Lane
When: All day
There are a few French restaurants in this downtown alleyway, including Gitane and Gaspar, and they'll joining forces to celebrate Bastille Day with food and wine flight specials priced at $17.89 (the year of the French Revolution), as well as a Marie Antoinette-impersonator (?!) who will probably urge you to eat some cake with your wine, or something.
Bastille Day Alley Party in Belden Place
Where: Belden Place
When: 5 p.m.
The other downtown street with a Frenchie Vibe, Belden Place, is also hosting a quaint street party, featuring al fresco dining at one of the street's European-style eateries, DJs, and drink specials.
Bastille Day at The Irish Bank
Where: Irish Bank, Bush between Grant and Kearny
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Free with RSVP between 5-6 p.m.; $10 after 6 p.m.
This FiDi Irish pub raises a glass to French independence with a not-so-fancy block party. As the event listing says, "Stella is the closest thing you'll get a French beer here and any wine will be in a plastic cup, but there's a giant mural of the Bastille at the back of the alley to make you feel all 1789." There'll also be a food truck; DJs; and a Red, White, and Blue ball drop.
Bastille Day Social Night
Where: Muka, 370 Grove St.
When: 7-11 p.m.
Hayes Valley is another hub for Francophiles in SF, and so it makes sense that the Hayes Valley Social Club would celebrate the French holiday. Meet up with like-minded Hayes Valley residents tonight for a French-themed evening of socializing, drinking, and eating at local neighborhood spots.
Francophilia Night: Berets and Travel Guides
Where: Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building
When: 6-9 p.m.
I tried really hard to avoid beret and baguette jokes while writing this roundup, but of course, you can't seem to talk about French people without mentioning one or both of these things, and this Bastille Day event at Book Passage snuck the Frenchy headwear into its title, so sorry. Francophilia!, hosted by Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers will celebrate all things French, and include an appearance by author Jill Butler, who will share knowledge from Wandering Paris: A Guide to Discovering Paris Your Way. As far as I could tell, a beret not required to attend.
Photo by Bill Holmes via Flickr