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Celebrate Bastille Day Across Kansas City in Style

Vive la France!

Celebrating the Fourth of July is a patriotic given, but the month also includes another independence day perfect for busting out your red, white and blue (feel free to repurpose one of these outfits perfect for the occasion; berets are optional, but encouraged). Head to one of KC’s fantastic French restaurants and bars in honor Bastille Day on Monday, July 14.

Festivities are kicking off early this year. Le Fou Frog is marking its 18th Bastille Day with food, wine, cocktails, comedy and trivia all weekend long as the restaurant is transformed into a famous Parisian cemetery.

One place you definitely need to visit? Westport Café & Bar, where the celebration runs Friday through Monday with a special three-course menu and wine pairings leading up to the big Bastille Day party, featuring a DJ, an extended happy hour complete with tasty hors d’oeuvres, such as mussels with shaved fennel and roasted tomatoes and pommes frittes, and Bastille Day Punch, a delicious blend of strawberries, peaches, lavender and vodka.

Parkville’s Café des Amis is also getting a head start and hosting its three course dinner Sunday. For just $26 per person, you can enjoy three delectable courses, including sole a l’orange, duck confit and homemade lime and basil sorbet.

You’ll also find food and fun at Aixois Bistro, pictured below, on Sunday, where the restaurant is moving things from the dining room to the lawn for live music, drink specials and petanque, a French game similar to bocce.

If you prefer to celebrate on Monday, make a reservation at Café Provence. Local musicians Made in France will be playing classic French tunes while the restaurant serves up four courses of French favorites including vichyssoise, steak tartare, escargot, bouillabaisse and profiteroles. If you can’t score a seat or simply prefer to celebrate at home, stock up on supplies for a personal celebration at French Market.

And don’t forget Bastille Day is the perfect excuse to raise a glass of champagne at Ça Va (just in case you needed one).