Things to do for Bastille Day 2013 in Sydney

july-wallpaper-1280x800Paper art by Sydney-based French artist Marine Coutroutsios

Have you guys already planned your Bastille Day this year?

More and more exciting things happen in Sydney for the occasion, and it’s great to see Bastille Day so wholeheartedly embraced by Australians & French expats alike every year!

I thought I would list a few Bastille Day events on this site, being a blog about French food and cultcha… ūüėČ


The first edition of newcomer¬†Bleu Blanc Rouge French Festival will take place over three days in front of the Customs House and offer live music, a French food market and cooking masterclasses by Aymeric Saint-Lannes,¬†Slide¬†Executive Chef, who will teach you how to cook authentic French dishes like “Veal Marengo”.

There will also be a 7-course degustation dinner with matching wines and a spectacle ($250) on Saturday 13th July on Level 1 of Customs House, prepared by French chef Dominique Heitz (Restaurant Associates, caterer for Sydney Townhall).

You will have plenty of opportunities to have a little boogie: on Friday night’s Live Concert (which will see¬†Racheal Leahcar sing “La Vie en Rose” with her other tunes and¬†Ben Hazelhood)¬†and at the Saturday Night French Dancing Party, with music provided by DJ Georgia Sinclair from 7-10pm, free entry.

In the meantime you have until July 7th to enter their photography contest to win 2 return plane tickets Sydney-Noumea plus 2 nights in a 5-star hotel, by posting your best pictures representing a bit of France in Sydney on their Facebook page.

Bastille Day AFSydney

Following last year’s success of the¬†Bastille Day Celebration¬†organised by the¬†Alliance Francaise¬†and other French institutions of Sydney (UFE, French Embassy, FAACI…), the event will take place at the same location,¬†The Argyle¬†(The Rocks),¬†on Saturday 13th from 6pm-midnight ($25 with free drink on arrival).

You will be able to dance the night away to the tunes of French DJ’s, taste some Chartreuse spirit, enjoy French cr√™pes, Frenchify your style thanks to make-up hostesses then hit the photo booth and oggle the pretty French Cancan dancers!

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The¬†French-Australian Chamber of Commerce¬†(FACCI) will hold its annual¬†Bastille Day Champagne Breakfast¬†at Parliament of NSW, in Sydney CBD.¬†The breakfast will be followed by a tasting of three Perrier Jou√ęt champagnes, and there¬†will be a trivia on this year’s topic, ‚ÄúFrench songs,‚Ä̬†with some excellent prizes to be awarded to the winners, according to FACCI’s¬†booking page¬†($100 members / $120 non-members).

Bistro Papillon Bastille Day

Many restaurants will offer special menus for¬†Bastille Day, like¬†Bistro Papillon, who will celebrate¬†“La F√™te Nationale”¬†over two days (12 & 13 July). You will be pampered by Xavier and his front-of-house team and be served mouthwatering French dishes cooked with love by chef Ludovic. Their special menu can be found¬†here¬†(and yes, their Burgundy snails are on it, as well as bouillabaisse, duck confit, onion soup and a lot of other yummy options).


Meanwhile,¬†Brasserie Ananas¬†in The Rocks will host a¬†Bastille Party¬†on Saturday 13th (from 6pm til late), which promises “an elaborate bash celebrating all the French things that we love – champagne, cocktails, canap√©s and DJs”.¬†To recover on the following day, you can enjoy a¬†Bastille Day lunch¬†prepared by new Head Chef Paul McGrath (formerly from two-hatted Bistro Ortolan).


A few blocks away, Merivale’s¬†Felix¬†will also hold a Bastille Day dinner on Sunday night, with its own good-looking¬†menu, including a glass of Ruinart champagne¬†and live entertainment.

Darlinghurst institution La Brasserie will celebrate on Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 with a special menu (4 courses, $75) and a French Cancan show by the girls from Carousel entertainment.

Also in Darlinghurst,¬†Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar¬†will offer a special Bastille Day menu on Sunday 14th including Bouillabaisse, Boeuf en cro√Ľte, cheese and dessert (2 courses for $55, 3 for $65, 4 for $75).

Near Taylor Square, Le Pelican will offer 4-course menu for $75 (matching wines $105) at lunch & dinner on Sunday 14th.

In Surry Hills, the Absinthe Bar will hold a¬†Off with their heads!¬†on Saturday 13/07 evening. Their website states that¬†“Madame Guillotine is calling all Absintheurs to celebrate the fall of Louis XVIs Regime with the downing of one glass of absinthe for each of the revolutionary ideals: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” A great opportunity to be off with the green fairies!

You can even celebrate Bastille Day by shaking your derrière Creole Zouk-style, to the exotic sounds of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Mauritius, French Africa and more..! (Eleven Nightclub on Oxford St.)

Bref, there should be enough on offer in Sydney to spend an unforgettable Bastille Day!

PS: Don’t hesitate to add in the “Comments” section below other Bastille Day events if you hear of anything exciting! Merci & Bon 14 juillet √† tous ūüôā

6 responses to “Things to do for Bastille Day 2013 in Sydney

  1. We are going to Felix on Sunday for lunch, a bit expensive but I’m hoping to find a good atmosphere there.

  2. Hi,
    Fantastic listing indeed. May I add the North Market Sydney the 13th of July that will celebrate Bastille Day with two French bands. Included Sylvie Boisel and Frenchic band. (11am to 1pm) that will be also performing at the first Sydney French Festival the 14th of July.
    Wherever you are, enjoy Bastille Day.

  3. Also check out “Le Pub” for their Bastille Day soiree on Friday 12th:

    And “Baroque Bistro” in the Rocks for their Sunday 14th special menu (there’s some Cassoulet involved!) and Tour de France Live streaming:

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