10 locations to celebrate the Fourth of July
Whether you’re an American or not, there’s no better excuse to transform your hump day blues into the hump day red, white, and blues than the 4th of July. A holiday typically associated with fireworks, frivolity, and eating and drinking far more than your doctor would ever deem acceptable, here are 10 locations ideal for celebrating America’s independence and forgetting entirely about the man who is currently in charge of the country:
Original Wings & Rings Dubai
Home to the Buffalo Wings that your personal warned you about, Original Wings & Rings isn’t a location that’s exactly diet-friendly. But the 4th of July, as we all know, is a day where calories don’t count. So the fact that OWR are celebrating the 4th with a day-long Happy Hour offer should sound pretty damn good to your wings and drink-deprived self. With drinks starting from just Dhs 20 you can also gorge yourself on your favorite wings by piece for Dhs 3.99. Just don’t tell your personal trainer.
Location: Level C, Liberty House in DIFC.
A restaurant that prides itself on its New York roots, CATCH Dubai is definitely somewhere for the foodies out there to check out as from the 3rd to the 5th of July guests can expect to take their taste buds on a stateside tour.
Adding two brand new American-inspired dishes to their menu this Independence Day, you can expect a lot more sophistication than your typical BYOB BBQ.
The first of the specials on offer is a 48-hour braised BBQ U.S. Prime Short Rib accompanied by Roasted Whole Corn and CATCH Dubai’s own signature Spicy Coleslaw.
What follows that for dessert is a reinvention of the iconic American staple of the Pop Tart. Yes, a Pop Tart. But about 100 times classier. This blueberry filled tart is made from lemon sucree, served with a yogurt sorbet, and even requires the table side presence of the attentive CATCH staff present to spoon some warm blueberry compote on top. This ain’t your mama’s Pop Tart.
Location: The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road.
If you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on Americana this is probably the venue for you as the ever-lively McGettigans are hosting a USA-themed 4th of July special edition of their quiz night. With a variety of aptly American themed drink promotions at hand, they’re even offering free shots for anyone dressed in the traditional red, white and blue.
Remember when we talked about celebrating so hard that you forget who the President is? This is probably the sort of place for that. Entry is free so it’s also best to arrive early in order to avoid missing out on your typical McGettigans shenanigans.
Location: Jumeirah Lake Towers
Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse
If you’re a little busy this evening but still have your sights set on having a proper American weekend, Perry & Blackwelder have got you sorted. Celebrating 4th of July this weekend on the 7th & 8th July instead, P&B’s festivities kick off from 12pm on both days with live music and a replica Lady Liberty aiding you in carrying on the party on throughout the day.
Your appetites will also find themselves very well catered for with a platter of signature deep-south comfort food favourites, perfect for sharing with a refreshing cocktail/mocktail pitcher or a bucket of hops for just Dhs 325 for you and a chum; or, for Dhs 225 per person if you want it all for yourself. They’ve also got Apple Pie.
Location: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
There’s not many better ways could you spend the 4th of July than by shaking what your mama gave you at an Independence Day Fiesta. Which is why ZOCO has transformed its restaurant for one night only into an American paradise. Think of what a restaurant would look like if it had its interior designed by Uncle Sam himself. That’s the sort of vibe that ZOCO is going for.
Dance fuel is readily available as you can dine on a wide range of unlimited signature soft-shell tacos for Dhs 125 from 6pm – 11:30pm. Yes, you read that right. Unlimited. Tacos. The dress code if Red, white, and blue and the DJ on the decks will be spinning top Country and Old School anthems to get you into the American spirit. That’s if you can possibly move after chowing down on you 34th taco of the night.
Location: The Atrium at Al Habtoor City
Your enjoyment of CLAW BBQ’s 4th of July All Day Picnic Brunch will very much depend on two things: 1) Do you like picnics? and 2) Do you like brunch? Offering a range of food from both their breakfast and regular menu, you can rock up to CLAW at any of the three slots they have available between 1pm – 5pm, 5pm – 9pm, and 9pm – 1am. In terms of cost this particular act of gluttony will set you back Dhs 349 including house beverages or Dhs 199 without.
Location: Souk Al Bahar
In order to "shake" things up a bit this Fourth of July, Black Tap, Dubai's most Instagram friendly burger and milkshake joint, thought it was only right to commemorate the occasion with a patriotic milkshake that would put even Betsy Ross to shame.
The Stars and Stripes themed shake is a combination of strawberry ice-cream, a vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and a firecracker popsicle, all topped off in true American fashion with whipped cream and a cherry. This shake will only be available on July 4th with a limited number available so we’d recommend you head down sharpish if you really do fancy developing diabetes.
Location: Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
If you’re up for more of a budget constrained commemoration of the good ol’ US of A, head on down to Bazxar this 4th July to celebrate American independence in true 1776 fashion. Indulge in house beverages at the ludicrously cheap price of Dhs 17 and build your own food combo of 3 dishes for only Dhs 76. Get it? Y’know, like 1776: the year America declared their independence. Clever, huh?
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
What’s better than one steak? Two steaks. What’s better than paying for two steaks? Paying for one steak. Seeing as the 4th of July falls on a Tuesday this year it seems like the perfect sort of time to make the most of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 2-for-1 Tuesdays offer. It’s pretty simple really: you order any 2 main courses from the entirety of their a la carte menu and you only pay for one. If you want to celebrate the 4th like a real American we highly recommend rocking up alone and eating two steaks all to yourself as you listen to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ on repeat. Because that’s what true freedom is all about.
Location: The Address, Dubai Marina
Clinton Street Baking Company, Dubai
Baked goods are good. The clue is in the name. Making baked goods ‘not-good’ is actually pretty difficult. Fortunately for us the Clinton Street Baking Company have become very good and not making baked goods ‘not-good’. So what we’re saying is that they are excellent at making baked goods very good. Which means the fact that they’re celebrating the 4th by offering a complimentary slice of all American pie with every meal is very, very, very good news.
Location: Dubai City Walk