After a disheartening defeat in the Euro cup, France still has good reason to hold a big party! A “feet,” we believe they call it, though we’re not sure. Anyway, it’s French National Day!
They used to call Shanghai the “Paris of the East,” so to help revive the withering spirits of our French friends, we came up with 7 places to celebrate July 14 by pretending you’re back home! No fireworks at the Eiffel– err, Pearl Tower, but plenty of restaurants and deals. Vive la République!
Thinking about French places in SH, this is probably the first one to pop into your mind. Thursday July 14, Bar Rouge combines ladies night with French national day celebration. Free flow of cocktails until 11.30pm for ladies! See how many drinks it takes before the Pearl Tower starts looking like the Eiffel Tower as you’re standing on Bar Rouge’s iconic terrace.
7/F, 18 No. 1 Zhōngshān East Road, near Nánjīng East Road
Mr & Mrs Bund
Mr & Mrs Bund is having a long, four-day celebration. On 14th of July, start with traditional pre-drinks (or as French say “Apero”), Cold Cuts, Oysters and French tapas for 50 RMB.
On 15th of July, Mr & Ms Bund is hosting La Boum Party. Put on the colors of national flag and get a free drink. The bash starts at 10 and goes until late. For early birds who manage to come before midnight, entry is free. After 12, the cover charge goes up to 100RMB.
For the rest of your hangover weekend, they’re offering special Sunday brunch.
6/F, 18 No. 1 Zhōngshān East Road, near Nánjīng East Road
Sasha’s is hoping to attract French expats with its cozy garden and homemade French food, craft beer, wine bar and music by DJ Mr. Hell, though you may know ‘im as Monsieur ‘Ell.
2/F, 11 Dōngpíng Road near Héngshān Road
The Pearl Theater
Shanghai’s very own Moulin Rouge, The Pearl, is hosting French karaoke night. For those of you who are missing the sounds of true chanson and the atmosphere of a burlesque, you’re very welcome. Gig starts at 9pm, free entry.
Btw, are there any Edith Piaf fans? On Saturday July 16, The Pearl is celebrating the birthday of the singer by throwing a tribute gig. The performing band is Rendezvous with Miss Helene, with special guest Mademoiselle. The presale ticket is 180 RMB, 220 at the door. The show starts at 9pm.
471 Zhàpǔ Road, near Wǔjìn Road
Casual and cosy French bar is good for any occasion: after work drink, fancy date, French National Day Celebration. On Thursday, the bar is serving a bottle of house wine and a French bites assortment platter for 198 RMB. Head up to the fancy new terrace (if it isn’t raining) and see if China’s own version of the City of Lights doesn’t make you feel nostalgic.
5F, 1 Xiāngyáng North Road, near Jùlù Road.
Le Café de Stagiares (Dagu Road location)
On July 14 and 15, that famous bastion of French class (and beer), Le Café de Stagiares is giving away free tapas from 7 pm until 10 pm and a promotional price for wine. It’s at the Dàgū Road location, so you won’t have to worry about about complaints from the senior citizens upstairs or having the authorities overturn your drink!
On Thursday, live music by Jean-Baptiste is provided. On Friday, the bar is offering a free bus ride to La Boum Party at Mr & Ms Bund.
386 Dàgū Road, near Shímén Road
Located in Gubei, French restaurant with its romantic and cozy atmosphere offers special price on French cheese, cold cuts, French wine and pastis (oh, pastis). Put on French traditional costume and get a free drink. It’s Bastille day, so avoid the powdered wigs, you can use a small red pillowcase as a revolutionary cap instead. And there’s a Petanque tournament, just to remind everyone that the French have balls of steel, despite what the uncouth Anglophones say.
483 Gǔyáng Road, near Yàohòng East Road