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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.

Freehand Miami/ The Broken Shaker

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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.
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.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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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.

Cafeina

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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).

The Dutch

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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.

Highbar

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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.

Monty's Sunset

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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.

The James Royal Palm/ Florida Cookery

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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.

Nikki Beach - IndepenDANCE Party

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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.

Mercadito Midtown

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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.

Radio Bar

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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.

Freehand Miami/ The Broken Shaker

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.

Juvia

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.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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.

Cafeina

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).

The Dutch

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.

Highbar

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.

Monty's Sunset

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.

The James Royal Palm/ Florida Cookery

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.

Nikki Beach - IndepenDANCE Party

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.

Mercadito Midtown

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.

Radio Bar

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.

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