Bastille Day in Sydney at The Argyle

The Argyle at the Rocks took on the bleu blanc rouge colours in celebration of Bastille Day in Sydney. The popular event packed a massive crowd with people lining up in queues that snaked down towards the Löwenbräu Keller and beyond.

The musical flow of French accents and the mix of classic French songs and modern tunes from French DJs Charles Lilaim & French Mafia undoubtedly gave a touch of nostalgia to many francophones and guests in tricolore paint on their face.

Bastille Day at The Argyle
Bastille Day at The Argyle
SBS Interview
Chartreuse Stand
L-R: Jonathan Coates and Nathan Bradbery
Chevalier Nathan Bradbery
Bastille Day at The Argyle
Crepes Stall
Slow-roasted grained beef baguette with horseradish mayo
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Chartreuse Ambassador, Chevalier Nathan Bradbery was behind the busy Chartreuse stand which offered free tastings of the herbal liqueurs. Both the green and the yellow Chartreuse were available to taste, served neat, on ice, to appreciate the flavour profile of each liqueur.

In the courtyard, you could have been forgiven for thinking there was a mob about to storm the Bastille prison. Mais non, it was just shoulder-to-shoulder with hungry people in slow-moving queues waiting for a taste of Bastille Day food with a choice of a hot dog on a baguette ($10), a hamburger on a brioche ($15) or a beef baguette ($10) from one stand that could barely keep up. The queue for the crêpes stall was equally long and by then a nip of the sweet Yellow Chartreuse was a good alternative.

Bastille Day at the Argyle is a joint event by the main French institutions in Sydney, which includes Alliance Française de Sydney and the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aiming to unite Francophiles and the French community to celebrate la fête nationale.

Bastille Day at The Argyle was held on the evening of Saturday 13 July, 2013.

The Argyle
18 Argyle Street
The Rocks, NSW 2000


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


    • I’m totally with you, Nick. They also had food from the kitchen such as cassoulet and boeuf bourgignonne but I’d much rather enjoy those in a less casual environment with a good vin rouge!