Dubai’s best places to celebrate July 4

Top American Independence Day parties and deals across town

Blind Dragon

This plush karaoke lounge will be serving Independence Day-themed dishes and beverages from mini sliders to barbecue wings and mini portions of mac ‘n cheese. The resident DJ will be spinning classics from every era, though, as always you can hole up in a private booth, too, and choose your own soundtrack to sing along to. What better way to celebrate in the 4th of July than by belting out a rousing rendition of Born in the USA?
Prices à la carte. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 437 0033).

Clinton St. Baking Company

Bag a free slice of pie on Tuesday July 4 by heading to Clinton St. Baking Company, which is celebrating its New York roots. By ordering any main meal from the menu, get a free slice of pie, while kids eat free. Classic American dishes on offer all day include short ribs, burgers and fried chicken with waffles, while a new homemade lemonade dish is being unveiled as is the apple pie waffle, a new dish being released on Tuesday.
Tue Jul 4, 8am-11pm. Burj Views, Downtown Dubai (04 428 1331) and City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 344 0705).

JB’s Gastropub

JB’s Gastropub in JBR is celebrating Independence Day with an all-American barbecue feast. From chicken and brisket to ribs, fill your plate with treats straight from the smoker. Round it off with a side of Southern buttered toast, potatoes and other classic American sides, and a range of bucket beverage deals.
Daily until Sat Jul 8, 7pm-10pm. Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 2000).

McGettigan’s JLT

Put your knowledge of the USA to the test at McGettigan’s JLT’s American-themed quiz night on Tuesday July 4. Ace the test (covering American history, culture, movies and music), and be in with a chance of winning lunches, brunches and a range of Dubai experiences. Even if you’re not taking part in the quiz, get a bucket of hops for Dhs160 on the night, accompanied by an American-inspired menu including nachos, mac and cheese, burgers, fries, sandwiches and more.

In other McGettigan’s locations, Ladies can enjoy four complimentary American-themed drinks from 8pm at McGettigan’s in Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 447 0219), while gents can get buy-one-get-one-free on selected hops and free pool all night between 8pm and 11pm at McGettigan’s DWTC on Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).
Free entry. Tue Jul 4, noon-3am (quiz starts at 7.30pm). Bonnington Hotel, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 8000).

Perry & Blackwelder’s

Check out a weekend-long, good ole fashioned American house party for the weekend of Friday July 7 and Saturday 8. Since American Independence Day falls in the middle of the week, the classic American smokehouse is pushing celebrations back to the weekend, to make sure everyone gets a piece of the action.

Throughout the weekend there will be live music and DJs from noon until 1am, while P&B’s chef will be cooking up a range of American classics, including apple pie, smoked meats, burgers and hot dogs, pizzas and side dishes coated in cheese. There will even be red, white and blue slushies to get into the patriotic vibe.

The whole bar will be kitted out in American party décor, plus competitions and prizes running all weekend long, so there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the US of A.
Fri Jul 7-Sat Jul 8, noon-1am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).


Get transported to the American South at Zoco, which is having a complete Independence Day makeover, a DJ spinning country tracks and old school, and gourmet Tex-Mex dishes like soft shell tacos filled with bone marrow with braised beef jam, radish and coriander, plus churros doughnuts. There’ll be all-American props to take selfies with, too.
Dhs125. 6pm-11.20pm. The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 437 0044).

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