On the 4th of July, America celebrates its adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Whilst there is no real cultural significance on our golden soils, it is an opportunity to take out your American ex-pat pals and enjoy some Uncle Sam inspired eats whilst belting out a rendition of Springsteen’s Born In the USA. We’ve searched Melbourne’s streets for the top ten star spangled banner wielding venues celebrating the 4th of July in style. You’ll be red, white and blue with envy if you miss out. Here’s where to celebrate 4th of July in Melbourne…
Beach Burrito Fitzroy and Sailor Jerry are joining forces to show you how to celebrate the 4th of July in style. The bowl will have plenty of skateboarding action., and the drinks will be flowing, with rum punch and spicy pirate cocktail jugs on the menu. You can even throw some dice (no, not the dance move) to win some Sailor Jerry merch too. And if you enjoyed your night so much, why not remember it with a free Beach Burrito Co./Sailor Jerry tattoo?! Yup, there'll be a local artist with a needle on hand ot help you get that permanent reminder. Happy Independence Day, y'all!
Arbory Bar & Eatery
Celebrate 4th of July in Melbourne with some finesse at Arbory’s progressive dining experience along the Yarra: that’s a two-course meal with wine flights from Oregon and California, folks. In addition, Arbory will have a flock of DJs playing throughout the afternoon on the deck, with a range of American wines to enjoy by the glass.
Bookings are a must.
Po’ Boy Quarter
The team at Po’ Boy Quarter will be hosting a dive bar themed 4th of July out the back of their Smith Street venue at Huey Long’s. There will be free food… yes double take and read a few words back, we said free food from 7 - 9pm. The menu will include: Fried Cajun spiced chicken crackling, House smoked mesquite walnuts, Deep Fried McClures, Sweet & Spicy Brooklyn pickles, Mini Doms—12 hour beef debris on fries with pickles Cajun mayo and hot sauce, Mini po’ boys with fried chicken and catfish. There will also be $10 classic cocktails all night and free jello shots just for good measure.
Belle's Hot Chicken
Take your 4th of July festivities to Belle's Hot Chicken before the Cap'n jets back home to the USA for good. They will be serving all your favourites all day, as well as a specialty menu. The menu will be featuring Hot Dawgs, Peach Cobbler Soft Serve, Cap’n Baked Beans as well as 3 for 2 PBR’s (Pabst Blue Ribbon for those of you not in the know).
This 4th of July in Melbourne, Trunk will be supplying a special once-off menu that is sure to warm the cockles of any ex-pat’s heart away from their land of the brave and the free. The festive menu includes: The Jarryd Hayne Train—Wagyu Beef, All-American Cheddar, Crispy Bacon, Onion Rings, Jalapeños, Thick-Cut Tomato, House Made Pickles, Cos, BBQ Sauce on Grilled Brioche; and Buffalo Wings in Trunk’s American Hot Sauce or straight up Original. And for the sweet tooths, Trunk S’mores—House-made Melted Marshmallow, Graham Crackers coated in Belgian Chocolate, or Reese With A Spoon Sundae—Chocolate Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Caramelised Popcorn, Caramel Sauce, Smashed Up Reese’s Pieces topped with a Peanut Butter Cup & Cream. They’ve also ordered in some PBR’s for the day. I wonder if Pabst Blue Ribbon to Australia is what Fosters is to the rest of the world?
The Local Taphouse
St Kilda East
Did someone say 4th of July American SpecTAPular? The team at the Local Taphouse will be hosting a fun filled day of dress ups, with an American themed menu featuring burgers, buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers, plus live music and great beer! A SpecTAPular showcase of 20 beers, 19 different styles and 10 different breweries including the likes of Cigar City Brewpub, Nomad Brewing Co, Founders Brewing Co, The Brooklyn Brewer and Rogue Ales & Spirits.
Lulie St Tavern
In the spirit of tall beers and bourbon, rock n roll and hot dogs, Lulie St Tavern are hosting a patriotic party for you and your Star-Spangled Banner buds this 4th of July in Melbourne. The Gem’s Food Truck, Lola, will be rolling in from its winter location (which is 334 Parkington Street, Newtown, every Wednesday through to SAturday from 11am until 3pm) at 6pm to get your mouths watering. Be prepared for Jalapeno Poppers, ‘El Rancho’ Vegetarian Texan Chilli Bowls, Brisket Burgers, Smoked Pork Hot Dogs, Charred Corn Buttered with Lime Salt, and Oreo Cheesecake Cups. Once you’ve eaten to your heart’s content, dance the night away to MY DISCO, who will be on the decks all night long.
Forester’s Beer & Music Hall
Forester’s Beer & Music Hall have invited Meatmother into their kitchen to kick off their 4th of July festivities. There will be an enormous all United States 24 tap takeover for those pledging allegiance to their patriotic pale ales. Upstairs a Texas Hold-em tournament is taking place from 6-8pm for $25. And if that isn’t enticing enough, BBQ delights from Meatmother are the red, white and blue icing on the cake. The festivities will be continuing well into the night from 12pm till 4am.
Fancy Hanks BBQ
Is there a better way to celebrate America’s Independence than to tuck into some traditional American-style slow cooked BBQ? Alongside their BBQ banquet, Fancy Hanks will also be providing a range of Yankee beverage specials to suit. Travel from coast to coast with a variety of American beers, including Anchor Steam Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale, Brooklyn Lager and Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Or if a cocktail is more your persuasion, try the Brooklyn- Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Maraschino and Picon, or a Whiskey Sour—Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Bitters and Eggwhite.
The B.East have used the American holiday as a good excuse to pull together some bands, DJs, greasy-good eats, and fancy booze vs dirt-cheap drink specials. Jolly James will be bringing his ragtime banjo show, followed by the American/Australian inventors of funktry —Cisco Caesar. The kitchen will be pumping out the greasy-goodness of Fried Chicken and Waffles, as well as Pulled Pork Freedom Fries with Chilli Cheese and Carolina BBQ Sauce. An American line-up of beers will also be joining the 4th of July party, with the likes of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Cans, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Tecate.
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