While the 4th of July might not have much cultural significance for most Sydney locals, gastronomically, we're totally on board. Because we never miss an opportunity to bliss out in a bowl of cheese fries or get saucy with a plate of ribs, we've tracked down the best Sydney restaurants and bars for you to celebrate the independence of the USA at.
Here's our guide to where to celebrate this 4th of July in Sydney:
The Bourbon | Potts Point
With a casual pub menu that's New Orleans inspired (you must go the chicken wings with blue cheese mayo), Chicago soul singer, Doug Williams on hand to provide the smooth tunes, and a 'no standing, only dancing' policy, The Bourbon's a no-brainer of a Sydney pub to spend your 4th of July. They even have a ticketed 4th of July event on for the night, with American canapés and a drink on arrival.
SoCal | Neutral Bay
Cali surf culture might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture the red, white and blue, but that doesn't mean this Neutral Bay bar and eatery isn't well qualified to host your 4th of July shin dig. Bless America while you tuck into SoCal's Mexican/Californian menu featuring some of the best dang fish tacos in Sydney. Which, come to think of it, would go down a treat with their Kentucky Smash cocktail.
Chur Burger | Surry Hills
For some, celebrating the 4th of July in Sydney can only mean one thing: burgers. And some of the best burgers in Sydney can be had at Chur Burger, along with its famous chups and drunks. If a beef and pickle burger and milkshake combo' don't get you in mood to don some chaps and move stateside, nothing will.
Hartsyard | Newtown
Nose-to-tail restaurant, Hartsyard, serves up the kind of Americana fare that's enough to make you give up the green and gold for good. Think fried chicken and gravy, crispy pigtails in buttermilk dressing with pickles and hot sauce, and poutine with braised beef shin, beer, and cheese sauce. Not to mention the ribs. Oh brother, those ribs.
Mary's | Newtown
Not just a day for cowboys and rednecks, this 4th of July we're going to be channeling The Crucible at Mary's in Newtown with the Puritan cocktail (a prim mix of gin, vermouth and orange bitters), and downing one of its awesome burgers while we're at it. (You've probably heard the 'best burgers in Sydney' rumours? They're right on.)
House of Crabs | Redfern
Redfern's House of Crabs are really getting into the 4th of July spirit, putting on some very US of A specials for Independence Day. As well as Super Fish Bowls, and baked clams, they'll also be serving red, white and blue jello shots. Sounds like a party.
Papi Chulo | Manly
What better occasion than 4th of July to get well and truly grilled? Papi Chulo is serving up smoked meats that taste like they've just come off a barbecue in the Deep South. Grab some friends and a whole bunch of napkins, and then settle in to Papi's BBQ platter, consisting of ribs, Wagyu brisket, chopped pork and pork belly, and the so-necessary pickles.
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room | CBD
If you want to bring your 4th of July party up a notch or two, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room is the place for you. The clams are renowned (and what's more Nantucket-chic than a clam?) and on the board daily. Or you could dive headfirst into the dry aged hamburger, with house pickles, chipotle mayo, and duck fat chips? The choice is yours, 'cause that's what independence is all about.
Image credit: Chur Burger