There’s more to the US of A than Donald Trump, hamburgers and fried chicken. Whether you’re an ‘America! Fuck yeah!’ sort or more into low key celebrations, some of Hong Kong’s best bars and restaurants are gearing up to throw massive 4th of July parties. So grab a beer, dust off your stars and stripes and get ready to have a good time!
Where to celebrate the 4th of July in Hong Kong
Starting on the 4th, Elgin Street’s 12,000 Francs is serving American-inspired menus every Tuesday throughout July. Star spangled dishes include sandwiches stuffed with Nashville pulled pork and almond wood smoked Japanee Sagabuta pork shoulder; California cheeseburgers with wagyu beef, American cheddar cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and onion; and spice-rubbed and cherry wood smoked Santa Maria tri-tip beef. Pair these treats with a range of Michter's American whiskey cocktails, including classics such as an old fashioned, a mint julep or a Michter’s New York sour.
When: Tuesday July 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Price: À la carte.
Commissary’s regular Taco Tuesday gets a bumper 4th of July edition that throws St Louis Ribs into the mix. From July 3 to July 9, get a half rack with two beers for $250 or a full rack with four beers for $450. The normal Taco Tuesdays deal will be in full swing on the 4th, too – choose from fish, carnitas, pollo, oxtail, lengua or veggie tacos priced at $50 each. The more you order, the cheaper the deal. Get three tacos for $140, four for $160, five for $200 or go all out and get eight for $300. Wash it all down with special Independence Day cocktails and beers at bargain prices.
When: Every Tuesday. Ribs and beer deal July 3-9.
Price: À la carte.
Lily & Bloom’s Make America Great Again, Again! aims to transport guests back to a better time (*cough* pre-Trump *cough*) with star-spangled favourites such as smashed potato salad with bacon and cheddar, crawfish boil, burgers, dogs and more. Head mixologist John Nugent has created some special cocktails including his take on a New York sour – bourbon, lemon and malbec – and the Alabama Slammer with cherry-infused bourbon, orgeat, bitter orange and sloe gin. If you feel your manifest destiny at hand, get competitive with beer pong, wing and pie eating competitions, giant Jenga, balloon-popping, and even a Donald Trump costume contest to win a $1,000 Lily & Bloom dining voucher and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketflap.
When: Saturday July 1, 11am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.
Price: $495 per person. $155 for children 4-11 years old.
The Pontiac’s annual Red, White and Rainbow Party is the ultimate celebration of equal rights and independence. This year, the Central bar is teaming up with Uncensored Cabaret to present drag, comedy and other live performances, as well as food from Little Bao. Proceeds from the baos will go to charity and there will be $50 cocktails to wet your whistle. Of course, drag queen or king get-up is encouraged.
When: Sunday July 2, starts 3pm; live entertainment 5pm-8pm.
Price: À la carte.
Stone Nullah Tavern have earned quite the reputation for their banging 4th of July parties. Their Red, White and Blue Independence Day Party on Saturday July 1 features a barbecue feast of finger lickin’ American classics like Southern fried chicken and barbecue glazed smoked ribs. Get real ‘Murican and splurge on the free-flow booze package that includes wine coolers and American Lynchburg lemonade among others. Head bang to classic American tunes and get involved in shenaniganery like apple bobbing, balloon popping, Twister and water gun battles. And because one party isn’t enough, the ‘Tav will also be hosting an Independence Day dinner including American favourites like cheeseburgers and hot dogs, with a free-flow option including PBR beer, two types of homemade wine coolers and wine.
When: Saturday July 1 midday-5pm; dinner Tuesday July 4.
Price: $299 per person ($199 extra for free-flow drinks).