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Where to Eat and Drink in Houston on the Fourth of July

By Marcy de Luna  |  July 1, 2015
Credit: BRC Gastropub

Independence Day means fireworks and lots of eating and drinking. Commemorate with the red-hot dining specials below.

Hot Doggin' It at Beaver's

What's the Fourth of July without a view of the Downtown fireworks display, a dunking booth (on the patio, of course) and a hot dog eating contest? Sign up to eat as many as you can in 10 minutes to score prizes (6:30 PM; $20 entry fee with proceeds benefiting The Center). Even if you're not up for consuming an outrageous amount of dogs, there are still other all-American bites fill up on (think mini corn dogs and spicy firecracker wings, priced at $7 each). Wash it all down with a Red, White and Mule cocktail (a frozen strawberry Moscow mule with blue ginger beer; $8) or vodka watermelon punch ($6). Stay cool with an adult snow cone ($6) in boozy flavor combos like rum and tamarind or whiskey and passion fruit. 

2310 Decatur St.; 713-864-2328

Kids Eat Free at Arnaldo Richards’ Picos

The Upper Kirby spot fetes the Fourth with free bites for kids age 10 and under (July 3–4).  While the little kids will enjoy burgers and dogs at no charge, the big kids will appreciate a price break on fajitas for two ($20) and on shaker margaritas ($6). 

3601 Kirby Dr.; 832-831-9940

Burgers, Brew and Buses at BRC Gastropub

Hop aboard Houston’s only jitney, The Houston Wave, for evening of fun — sans the driving (July 4). The Wave departs the Silver Street Studios parking lot at 5 PM and heads to BRC for a burger and beer pairing. At 7 PM, hit the road for a tour and private tasting at Buffalo Bayou Brewery. Arrive back at Silver Street in time to watch downtown's fireworks. Bring your own chairs. ($60 per person or $10 for fireworks only; 713-863-9283).

519 Shepherd Dr.; 713-861-2233

Date Night at The Oceanaire

Get in the celebratory mood with a three-course dinner for two and a bottle of wine (July 1–7; $60) at the seafood restaurant located inside The Galleria shopping mall. Choose between two vinos — Campanile Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio or 14 Hands Columbia Valley Market — to go with dishes like clam chowder, shrimp scampi and baked Alaska.

5061 Westheimer Rd.; 832-487-8862

Patriotic Performance at Prohibition Supperclub and Bar

The Downtown hot spot is turning up the heat this Independence Day. Catch patriotic performances by burlesque troop (July 4; 7 or 9:30 PM), The Moonlight Dolls, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and U.S. VETS (U.S. Veterans Initiative) that are sure to ignite your evening. A portion of food and beverage sales will be donated to U.S. VETS. Show your support by bringing a toiletry item to donate to the troops – and receive a free glass of punch. Tickets to the show range from $22 to $60 per person.

1008 Prairie; 281-940-4636