Boston Happy 238th birthday, America (you don’t look a day over 200!). The Founding Fathers, known to tip the tankard themselves, fought for your right to party, so you should keep fighting the good fight. From an all-American BBQ to a pool with a view, here are your 4th of July weekend marching orders:
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Thursday, July 3rd: Start the weekend in Faneuil Hall, THE Cradle of Liberty, at Ned Devine’s 3rd Annual Independence Day Bash (9pm, no cover). Sam Adams will be taking over the taps (obviously) with specialty beers, and Blue Chair Bay Rum will be on hand, too, with samplings and giveaways. Enter the raffle for a shot at some major prizes: “The Ultimate Boston Experience” (hotel stay, $100 Anthem Kitchen + Bar gift card, two Boston Calling tickets, Red Sox tickets, Sam Adams brewery tour) and “The Country Fan Package” (two Keith Urban tickets for July 26th at the Xfinity Center and a signed Kenny Chesney item).
Thursday, July 3rd and Friday, July 4th: You have TWO chances to go patriotically pub crawling for ‘Merica (Thursday, 5pm-close; Friday, 12pm-close) starting at Stadium (Faneuil Hall) and then roaming to 15 other watering holes. Get a one- or two-day pass that comes with a wristband, cup, map, plus other sweet surprise swag… and there will be food specials at the bars so you can keep on trucking. Red, white, and blue attire is strongly encouraged.
Friday, July 4th: Go early and stay late at the Rooftop at Revere as they host an all-day star-spangled bash, complete with a view of the annual fireworks extravaganza. They’ll have special offerings like buck-a-shuck oysters, massive cocktails (as in a hollowed-out watermelon filled with sparkling sangria), and picnic baskets available to order. Cover is $20 before 5pm, and NO COVER after 5pm. Call 617.457.2663 for more info.
Friday, July 4th: From 11:30am-11pm, Chef Tiffani Faison will be serving up classic American BBQ bites and drinks in grand Southern fashion… just for you. Head to Sweet Cheeks and chow down on trays of Berkshire pork belly, pulled pork, and ribs accompanied by heirloom BBQ beans, potato salad, collard greens, and the like. Knock back a Kentucky Rosie (Old Overholt rye, pineapple, grapefruit, mint). Then knock back a few more.
Friday, July 4th: The culinary team at Dante is teaming up with Mayflower Brewing Company (see what they did there?) for a special all-American celebration. Settle in for a five-course paired dinner like a bacon-wrapped lobster skewer with Mayflower Golden Ale, crab cakes with Mayflower Summer Rye Ale, and porchetta with Mayflower Belgian IPA. After you’re stuffed, stroll out to the conveniently extra-close Charles River to enjoy the fireworks show. Dinner starts at 6:30pm; call 617.497.4200 for reservations.
Ned Devine's Quincy Market is a buzzy, touristy pub that slings traditional British and Irish favorites like corned beef and bangers and mash -- by day, at least. Once the sun goes down, the dilapidated brick walls are washed in green and purple neon light, and the whole place becomes a clubby bar with DJ-ed dance parties and live music.
20 hi-def TVs (plus one 90" flat screen), $2 Coors Lights, and delicious foods like loaded waffle fries and chili burgers combine to make Stadium Sports Bar & Grill a solid go-to for game day.
This Theatre District hotel boasts a sweet rooftop with lethal cocktails.
Launched by a former Top Chef contestant, Sweet Cheeks serves heaping trays of exceptional BBQ, including homemade biscuits that are Boston bucket list-worthy. On each tray, you get your choice of succulent meat (pork belly, pulled chicken, chopped brisket), a hot scoop (mac & cheese, collard greens), and a cold scoop (coleslaw, potato salad). It all makes for an extremely filling meal that will comfort your soul, but make sure to save room for a bucket of those flaky biscuits with house-made honey butter. The dining room tends to get noisy thanks to communal tables (they're made of repurposed church doors), so if that's an issue, opt for a spot on the covered beer garden out back.
Thanks to Dante's beverage magician Tom Tellier, you don't have to go through Hell, or even Purgatory, to revel in the Paradise that is a new cocktail menu, specifically their "Crazy 8s", which features, yep, eight new cocktails for just $8.