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11 Places to Celebrate the Fourth of July

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Miami, here at Eater we always have you covered. We know you're on that Cuban time, or you're distracted by summer in Miami, Ocean Drive's sun, sand and, of course, a different kind of Heat (the national champion kind). And while our city may be more mojitos and mofongo than apple pie American, we still know how to be patriotic on el cuatro. So in true South Beach fashion, here's the last-minute guide to celebrating the Fourth of July in Miami:

— Nicole Alvarez


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Freehand Miami/ The Broken Shaker

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 531-2727
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The Freehand Miami is throwing a backyard barbeque guaranteed to be cooler than your dad’s. Enjoy classic Americana fare like hotdogs and hamburgers with the much buzzed-about Broken Shaker’s Freedom Coolers, a citrusy, light gin-based cocktail from the jiggers of mixologists Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta. Good times will be happening from 6-9 p.m.

2. Juvia

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
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You want the best view of Miami Beach’s fireworks display, and it’s not going to be in the sand. Celebrate the red, white and blue in this sleek, deep-purple penthouse nationally recognized for its aesthetic. Before 7:30 p.m., you can delight in Juvia’s playful and refreshing crudo, entrees and cocktails and enjoy the show comfortably and away from the crowds. But if you’d prefer to watch the fireworks elsewhere, a second seating at 10 p.m. is also being offered.

3. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 993-3300
The St. Regis is hosting an elegant alternative to your drab Independence Day plans. It’s a Florida heritage themed cookout showcasing your seafood favorites chilled over ice at the Raw Bar or on the grill along with steaks, chops and Kobe beef sliders. And yes, because we know you’re going to ask, there will be fireworks. The soiree starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are on sale for $95 per adult.

4. Cafeina

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297 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 438-0792
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Cafeina is holding arguably the most American Fourth of July party in Miami: barbeque and scantily clad women. Their Beats, Burlesque, & BBQ event will be hosting burlesque dancer Aurora Natrix and her Ritz Glitz Revue while you sink your teeth into meaty ribs and burgers. Spiked lemonade and beer will be available for only $5 a pop, and if you’re in before 9 p.m., no cover (after it’s $5). America Home of the Free (or in this case, bargain).

5. The Dutch

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W South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 938-3111
So not exactly a Fourth of July celebration but it’s an excellent pre- and post-game to Independence Day for the rest of the summer. Every Wednesday in the W Hotel, The Dutch, one of our favorite New York transplants, is giving us a taste of different regional BBQ. And they’re offering drink specials on bourbon and beer, your quintessential New World alcoholic beverages. Let’s start celebrating early tonight at The Dutch.

6. Highbar

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1111 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8455
The Highbar at Dream South Beach is throwing their Red, White, and Dream party in honor of Independence Day. Go poolside as DJ Stefano Ravasini (maybe) remixes the Star Spangled Banner while you enjoy Buffalo Wings and other traditional American noms; they’re even offering a vegetarian option. Best of all, no cover. So no excuses.

7. Monty's Sunset

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300 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 672-1148
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Monty’s is a Miami institution, and this Fourth of July you can attend their laidback, waterside All-American BBQ where they’ll be rolling out yummies like firecracker shrimp, watermelon salad, and brisket. You also have to try their Bourbon Watermelon Lemonade, a drink that goes great with sunsets, fireworks, and freedom.

8. The James Royal Palm/ Florida Cookery

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1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 604-5700
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The James Royal Palm is extending your Independence Day celebrations this year: on the fourth and fifth, everyone is invited to delight in their upscale version of the poolside barbeque boasting gourmet burgers and lobster rolls. They’re also providing home-style entertainment with bocce ball, dominoes, and other board games. Once you’ve had your fill, you can mosey over to the beach to watch the fireworks with a picnic basket filled with treats from the Florida Cookery. The price for one day is $29, but you can enjoy both days for $45.

9. Nikki Beach - IndepenDANCE Party

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1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(954) 602-8750
All they did was change one letter in “Independence Day,” and they created a Miami tradition a la Ultra. AMPM and Mixmag bring you DJs Steve Lawler, Sharam, and Victor Calderone, just to name a few. It’s the perfect excuse to strip down to your bathing suits and sip tasty cocktails at Nikki Beach while the bass drops this Fourth of July. Tickets are on sale from $35-75.

10. Mercadito Midtown

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3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 369-0430
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Mercadito, your Midtown neighborhood Mexican spot, takes on American classics this Independence Day with a special menu including ceviche de sandia, or watermelon, and costillas de puerco, or pork ribs. They’ve also added a cocktail “El Patriota,”a symbiotic relationship between Mexican spirits and Old Glory colors.

11. Radio Bar

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814 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8382
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Another take on the backyard barbeque, Radio Bar is grilling the American tradition and serving it to you hot. Burgers, hotdogs and other bar snacks are not to be missed as they unveil their summer cocktail menu. You’ll be making good memories from 6 p.m. until close.

1. Freehand Miami/ The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
The Freehand Miami is throwing a backyard barbeque guaranteed to be cooler than your dad’s. Enjoy classic Americana fare like hotdogs and hamburgers with the much buzzed-about Broken Shaker’s Freedom Coolers, a citrusy, light gin-based cocktail from the jiggers of mixologists Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta. Good times will be happening from 6-9 p.m.
2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140

2. Juvia

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
You want the best view of Miami Beach’s fireworks display, and it’s not going to be in the sand. Celebrate the red, white and blue in this sleek, deep-purple penthouse nationally recognized for its aesthetic. Before 7:30 p.m., you can delight in Juvia’s playful and refreshing crudo, entrees and cocktails and enjoy the show comfortably and away from the crowds. But if you’d prefer to watch the fireworks elsewhere, a second seating at 10 p.m. is also being offered.
1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
The St. Regis is hosting an elegant alternative to your drab Independence Day plans. It’s a Florida heritage themed cookout showcasing your seafood favorites chilled over ice at the Raw Bar or on the grill along with steaks, chops and Kobe beef sliders. And yes, because we know you’re going to ask, there will be fireworks. The soiree starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are on sale for $95 per adult.
9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

4. Cafeina

297 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Cafeina is holding arguably the most American Fourth of July party in Miami: barbeque and scantily clad women. Their Beats, Burlesque, & BBQ event will be hosting burlesque dancer Aurora Natrix and her Ritz Glitz Revue while you sink your teeth into meaty ribs and burgers. Spiked lemonade and beer will be available for only $5 a pop, and if you’re in before 9 p.m., no cover (after it’s $5). America Home of the Free (or in this case, bargain).
297 NW 23rd St
Miami, FL 33127

5. The Dutch

W South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139
So not exactly a Fourth of July celebration but it’s an excellent pre- and post-game to Independence Day for the rest of the summer. Every Wednesday in the W Hotel, The Dutch, one of our favorite New York transplants, is giving us a taste of different regional BBQ. And they’re offering drink specials on bourbon and beer, your quintessential New World alcoholic beverages. Let’s start celebrating early tonight at The Dutch.
W South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Highbar

1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Highbar at Dream South Beach is throwing their Red, White, and Dream party in honor of Independence Day. Go poolside as DJ Stefano Ravasini (maybe) remixes the Star Spangled Banner while you enjoy Buffalo Wings and other traditional American noms; they’re even offering a vegetarian option. Best of all, no cover. So no excuses.
1111 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Monty's Sunset

300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Monty’s is a Miami institution, and this Fourth of July you can attend their laidback, waterside All-American BBQ where they’ll be rolling out yummies like firecracker shrimp, watermelon salad, and brisket. You also have to try their Bourbon Watermelon Lemonade, a drink that goes great with sunsets, fireworks, and freedom.
300 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. The James Royal Palm/ Florida Cookery

1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The James Royal Palm is extending your Independence Day celebrations this year: on the fourth and fifth, everyone is invited to delight in their upscale version of the poolside barbeque boasting gourmet burgers and lobster rolls. They’re also providing home-style entertainment with bocce ball, dominoes, and other board games. Once you’ve had your fill, you can mosey over to the beach to watch the fireworks with a picnic basket filled with treats from the Florida Cookery. The price for one day is $29, but you can enjoy both days for $45.
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Nikki Beach - IndepenDANCE Party

1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
All they did was change one letter in “Independence Day,” and they created a Miami tradition a la Ultra. AMPM and Mixmag bring you DJs Steve Lawler, Sharam, and Victor Calderone, just to name a few. It’s the perfect excuse to strip down to your bathing suits and sip tasty cocktails at Nikki Beach while the bass drops this Fourth of July. Tickets are on sale from $35-75.
1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Mercadito Midtown

3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137
Mercadito, your Midtown neighborhood Mexican spot, takes on American classics this Independence Day with a special menu including ceviche de sandia, or watermelon, and costillas de puerco, or pork ribs. They’ve also added a cocktail “El Patriota,”a symbiotic relationship between Mexican spirits and Old Glory colors.
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137

11. Radio Bar

814 1st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Another take on the backyard barbeque, Radio Bar is grilling the American tradition and serving it to you hot. Burgers, hotdogs and other bar snacks are not to be missed as they unveil their summer cocktail menu. You’ll be making good memories from 6 p.m. until close.
814 1st St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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