Many of us dream of an escape to Paris and thoughts of celebrating Bastille Day in the baking French capital is the stuff of this week’s office day dreams.
While the summer adventures might not have left much of a budget for such a trip, Dublin offers so much to foodies and fun seekers who are looking for a taste of France. It can’t be promised that any amount of squinting will transform the Spire into the Eiffel Tower, but put on your rose tinted glasses and soak up all the French culture the city has served up.
What: Bastille Day French Tasting Evening
Where: Medley Drury Street
When: July 14th at 7.30pm
In celebration of Bastille Day, Chef Andrew Rudd is hosting a French tasting evening in his private venue Medley. With an empty tummy, prepare yourself for a cacophony of classical dishes including beef bourginon and coq au van. Dreams are filled with thoughts of Rudd’s apple and maple tart served with crème anglaise and a chocolate crème patisserie and is priced at €65 per person or €100 per couple.
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What: Jeannette Byrne
Where: Sugar Club
When: July 14th at 7.30pm
Transform yourself back to the Paris of Edith Piaf at the Sugar Club where Jennette Byrne will be performing in celebration of Bastille Day. Byrne’s tribute to Piaf has been well received by audiences throughout Ireland. ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’ is on the set list and it’s guaranteed you too will regret nothing at €15 per ticket.
For more information visit www.thesugarclub.com
What: United Arts Club Bastille Day Jazz and Dinner
Where: 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2
When: July 12th at 8pm
It might not be Paris, but the United Arts Club in the heart of Georgian Dublin could never be accused of lacking atmosphere. On Bastille Day, pop down for an evening of jazz music and tuck into a French inspired dinner. The night will set you back €25, the cheapest holiday to France you’ll ever find.
For more information email: Office@Dublinarts.com
What: French Foodie in Dublin Tour
Unfortunately, all the tickets for Ketty Elisabeth’s special Bastille Day screening of Amélie have already been snapped up, but those seeking an authentic French experience in Dublin city need only book a spot on her French Foodie in Dublin tour this weekend. Promised to be an fun and delicious French exploration of the city, the tour is a must. Alternatively, treat yourself to late Bastille Day celebrations on the 29th of July when she hosts her Foodie Movie Club once again, which includes dinner and a movie for a steal.
What: Vive la Gastronomie Française! A celebration of fine French food and wine
Where: Chez Max, Baggot Street, Dublin 2
When: July 10th at 6.30pm
The Ireland France Chamber of Commerce have enlisted the services of chefs Padraic Hayden of Camden Kitchen, Stephen McAllister (Georgina Campbell Chef of the Year 2014), Pearl’s Sebastian Masi and Richard Reau to dish out a decadent five course menu in Chez Max. Expect fantastic Irish ingredients to be given an inspiring French twist. Non-members can dine for €110 while members can pick up the meal for €85.
What: Cycling with Moliere
Where: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
When: July 14th at 6.15pm
What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than to cosy up with a French film? Cycling with Moliere surrounds a star who plays a heartthob on a medical drama but yearns to be taken seriously as an actor and so seeks out an old friend. Exclusively screened by the Irish Film Institute it seems like a fun way to recognise the French holiday and for €9, it’s hard to go wrong.
What: French Evening
Where: County Library, Tallaght
When: 14th of July at 6pm
Tap your toes along to Hugh Buckley of Django Reinhardt during an French inspired evening in the library, where you’ll be treated to cheese and wine as you soak up the fun. A screening of the film Untouchable starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy kicks off at 7.15.
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What: French and English language exchange
Where: The Turks Head, Parliament Street, Dublin 2
When: July 10th at 6.30pm
A meeting of the Dublin French group will be held on Thursday where both beginners and advanced French speakers are encouraged to mingle and celebrate the French language. Set up like speed dating, sit across from a native speaker and talk for five minutes in English and then five minutes in French, improving your language skills and opening yourself up to new people and culture for just €5.
What: Bastille, Bottles and Bubbles
Where: The French Paradox, 53 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
When: July 14th
Discerning mobs heading towards The French Paradox in Ballsbridge will have their cake... and their bubbles. In a Bastille Day celebration the shop is offering all customers a glass of bubbly as well as a host of celebratory wine deals. In the wine bar a 3-course French menu, including a glass of Champagne, will cost €35.
What: Bastille Day at The Grand Social
Where: 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1
When: July 14th at 8pm
A true French party is to be found in The Grand Social next Monday night, which is hosting an array of drink offers to celebrate Bastille Day. While the line-up has yet to be announced, it’s bound to be a cracker.