Bastille Day in San Francisco

French-Accented Parties & Fun for July 14, 2014

July 14 is France’s Bastille Day, which commemorates the capture of the infamous Paris prison-fortress in 1789 and the start of the French Revolution. The seizure of the Bastille symbolized the triumph of the people over the monarchy’s oppression and arbitrary rule.

Of course in San Francisco, France’s National Day is mostly a reason to party, perhaps with a Champagne toast or a baguette. Get into the mood by re-wearing your July 4th outfit (minus the stars) Here are some French-flavored Bastille Day celebrations in San Francisco in 2014.

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    July 14, at 4-11:00 pm
    This street party is headquartered in a bar that is modeled after a Roman tavern and that serves Roman-inspired food--proof that Bastille Day is an international, commercial phenomenon. The tavern and a blocked-off Hotaling Alley will be the venue for indoor and outdoor bars serving persecco and drink specials, while DJs play French club music, and food trucks serve bites.  
    At Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St., and Hotaling Alley between Washington and Jackson streets, San Francisco 94111. Free.

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    July 11, at 9 pm
    Get your hair done in a 60s style from Peter Thomas salon and listening to DJ Brothers Grimm and Cali Kid through back to the French pop hits of the 1960s (think Jacques Dutronc, Serge Gainsbourg and, of course, Bridget Bardot). at this party. Presented by Bardot A Go Go.
    At the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., San Francisco 94102. Tickets $10. Open to all ages.

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    July 17, at 4 pm
    San-Francisco-based French yé-yé band Rue 66 includes vocalists with the "French aesthetic of '60s go-go girls." 
    At Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, 94941. Tickets $14-16. All ages.

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    July 14
    The heart of San Francisco's French Quarter, Belden Place, the alley crammed with café tables that runs between Bush and Pine streets and parallel to Kearny, celebrates with blue, white and red streamers, music and food and drink specials.
    At Belden Place, San Francisco 94104.

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    July 14, at 7 pm 
    Dance to French gypsy jazz by the local quartet Le Jazz Hot of the San Francisco Hot Club. The cabaret-style night also features French wine and food. 
    At the Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., San Francisco 94104. Tickets $15, 25. Advance reservations required.