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Bastille Day parties mark the New Orleans French connection with drinks, food, fun | Where NOLA Eats

Bastille Day arrives in New Orleans with parties and specials at a range of restaurants and bars. Here are some local ideas to toast la fête nationale française, on or around July 14.







Couvant restaurant in New Orleans serves French cuisine in a brasserie setting. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)




Couvant (315 Magazine St., 504-342-2316), the recently reopened French restaurant in the Eliza Jane hotel, has a special Bastille Day dinner on July 14. It starts at 6 pm with rosé, Champagne and hors d’oeuvres and then a three-course dinner with wine pairings. There’s live French entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are $75. See couvant.com/reservations.







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Bar Marilou is a lounge in the New Orleans CBD inspired by the aperitif culture of France.




Bar Marilou (5464 Carondelet St., 504-814-7720), the lounge at the Maison de la Luz hotel, has a Bastille Day party on July 14 with live music from Sarah Quintana (4-6 pm), Tangiers Combo (6-9 pm) and DJ C’est Funk (9-11 pm), and with French specials on the cocktail list and food menu, including crepes Suzette and mussels with fries. This upscale lounge has a special French connection. The hotel opened it in partnership with Quixotic Projects, a company that runs a string of buzzy bars in Paris. Bar Marilou Quixotic Projects’ first bar in the US







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The bar area is seen in the Commons Club at Virgin Hotel in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




Commons Club (550 Baronne St.), the restaurant in the new Virgin Hotel, marks its first Bastille Day in business with a happy hour on July 14, from 5-7 pm, with a selection of French aperitifs at the bar.

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The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)




The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 800-262-2662) trades its British aesthetic for a little more French flair on Thursday with a reception and four-course dinner for $150. It’s a more casual take for the upscale restaurant, with communal seating, a family-style menu of French dishes and BYOB encouraged (or order from the list). See windsorcourthotel.com.







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Justine is a French brasserie for the French Quarter mixing classic and contemporary across its rooms and menu.




Justine (225 Chartres St., 504-218-8533), the French brasserie from Mia and Justin Devillier, marks Bastille Day on Thursday (5-9:30 pm) with specialty cocktails, French wines by the glass and deals on large format wine bottles.







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Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter, founded in 1918.




Arnaud’s Restaurant (813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433), is once again hosting its annual Bastille Day luncheon on the Friday after the holiday (July 15), with a special menu and French music. The luncheon is sold out at this writing; check for last-minute openings, or book ahead for next year.

Bastille Day Fete In addition, the Alliance Francaise will mark Bastille Day on July 14, 6 pm to 10 pm, with its annual family-friendly Fete at 1519 Jackson Ave. There will be music by Alexis and the Samurai, the French DJ known as DJ GAC, Les ReBelles, the Merry Antoinettes, crepes, a Champagne bar and drinks from Happy Raptor Distilling and Urban South Brewery. Nathalie Beras, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, will lead a toast. Tickets $8-$13. Details at af-neworleans.org/bastilleday.

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