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Houston Restaurants and Bars Celebrating Fourth of July with Hot Dogs, Booze and Fireworks Views

Photo by Becca Wright
Christian's Tailgate has got $2 all-American hot dogs in the lineup this July 4th.
July 4th falls on a Tuesday this year. Rocking offerings like red, white and blue drinks, views of Independence Day fireworks and all-American eats from hot dogs to fried chicken, here's where to eat, drink and celebrate America in Houston this Fourth of July:

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby Dr.
The Mexican hotspot will be open regular hours on the 4th and hosting an all-day happy hour. Those who prefer to take the party home can take their pick of Fajita Feast Packs with size options ranging from two to 25 people. Picos’ signature Shaker Margarita cooler packs are also available for pick-up.

Axelrad, 1517 Alabama
The Midtown bar and hangout runs happy hour until 7 p.m., including $3 Mimosas, $4 Wells, $5 Frozens and House Wine and $6 MichelRADas. Craft beer fans can also sip the $3 Beer of the Day, available all day, everyday.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant
, 1814 Washington
With fantastic views of the Freedom Over Texas fireworks from its parking lot, B&B will host guests from 4 to 10 p.m., offering its regular menu as well as its TX Wagyu Hot Dogs in honor of Independence Day. Normally only offered on Fridays, the special comes with two dogs, steak fries and all the accouterments for $28. Reservations are recommended.

B.B. Lemon, 1809 Washington
Enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or dinner from 3 to 9p.m. DJ Mohawk Steve will be spinning tunes on the patio from 5 to 9 p.m. and the restaurant will be serving up its regular food and cocktails menu, which features patriotic offerings like the TX Wagyu burgers and hot dogs alongside an all-new tap wall. Insider tip: if joining for dinner, head over to B&B's parking lot for a great view of the Downtown Houston fireworks. Reservations are recommended.

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd
All rosé – by the glass or bottle – will be half-off, as the landmark restaurant opens from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch this Independence Day.

Bagel Shop Bakery, 5422 Bellaire
Customers can stop in for the bakery’s classic, plain flavored Red, White, and Blue Bagel for $2.50 throughout the entire week of July 4.

Blue Lagoon Bar and Grill Lago Mar, 12930 Crystal View
Get patriotic with the Freedom Dog with chili cheese, diced onions and pickled jalapenos; or the Big Tex, a foot long all beef frank with chili, queso, pico, jalapeños, lime and sour cream. Festive holiday cocktails include the Red, White & Blue Lagoon Ice Tea, Firecracker Raspberry Mimosa or the Stars & Stripes White Sangria.

Bobcat Teddy's Icehouse, 2803 White Oak
The White Oak icehouse will celebrate America with live music by Goodtime Muffin and FREEdom burgers and hot dogs by Joe Fats. Doors open at noon and live music starts at 2 p.m.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, 2101 Summer
Score tickets to BuffBrew’s rooftop watch party to ring in your Independence Day with tasty food, good brews and views of the Freedom Over Texas fireworks show. Each $20 ticket secures third floor rooftop access plus your first beer included.

Christian’s Tailgate, 2000 Bagby, 2820 White Oak, 5114 Kirby, 1010 Highway 6
All locations will offer $2 hotdogs (toppings available at an additional cost), $2 tacos and $3 draft pints of Bud Light.

CITYCENTRE, 800 Town and Country
The dining, shopping and entertainment destination hosts its Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular and celebration, inviting families for a fun-filled evening of food, fireworks and freedom. Guests can grab a bite from one of CITYCENTRE’s restaurants and bars while enjoying live country and pop from 7 to 10 p.m., with a 10-minute fireworks display topping off the celebration at 9:30 p.m.

Heights & Co., 1343 Yale
Heights & Co. will be celebrating early with specials starting Saturday and running through Tuesday, including a $6 all-American hotdog topped with queso and $12 Bomb Popsicle Slush, a red, white and blue popsicle served with frosé.

Home Run Dugout, 1220 Grand West Boulevard
Katy's Home Run Dugout will host a July 4th party with a build your own hotdog and burger station, cornhole tournament, hot dog contest, fireworks after dark and more. The cornhole tournament begins at 4 p.m. with a $30 registration per team, $5 Karbach Love Streets for registered players and HRD gift cards for the winning teams. The hot dog eating contest starts at 5 p.m. with HRD gift cards for the winners.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer
The Montrose staple will feature special red, white and blue margaritas, including a Margarita Roja (tequila, Campari, triple sec, fresh lime and orange, simple syrup), El Coco Margarita (silver tequila, Kalani coconut rum liqueur, coconut milk, fresh lime juice, simple syrup) and Margarita Azul (tequila, Blue Curaçao, fresh lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup). Get ‘em for $8 a pop all day from 3 to 9 p.m.

Hungry’s Cafe, 2356 Rice, 14714 Memorial
Guests can order a Belgian Waffle with blueberries and strawberries for a festive red and blue touch and served with maple syrup and powdered sugar at both locations.

Kenny & Ziggy’s, 1743 Post Oak
July 4 is also National Fried Chicken Day, and deliman Ziggy Gruber has brought back his South Bronx Fried Chicken as an off-the-menu special for the season, featuring matzoh-crusted golden-fried chicken, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled corn-on-the-cob and coleslaw for $28.95. There will also be an all-American hot dog special: The Three Dog Flight for $18.95 featuring three different kinds of loaded hot dogs.

Kin Dee, 1533 North Shepherd
Kin Dee will feature a limited-time red, white, and blue cocktail – the Summer Sweetheart ($14) made with lemon-infused vodka, pomegranate and dried peel of the bitter Laraha orange, garnished with freshly sliced lemon and orange wheels and an American flag. Get it all day on the holiday and visit during happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and get your second Summer Sweetheart half-off.

Kirby Ice House, 3333 Eastside, 1015 Gessner, 1700 Lake Robbins
Enjoy $1 off pints of draft beer all day long and happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m., featuring $7 Crown Royal, Bulleit and Don Julio Silver, $6 house wine and $5 Deep Eddy flavored vodka cocktails.

Lagoonfest Texas, 12600 Crystal View
The Texas City lagoon, beach club and adventure park will host its Fourth of July extravaganza, the Freedom Rocks Fest, on Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, featuring live music from Joan Jett to Black Sabbath tribute bands.

The Laura Hotel, 1070 Dallas
The downtown hotel invites locals to cool off at two parties on its rooftop deck for Fourth of July. On both Sunday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 4, the Stars, Stripes, & Poolside Vibes parties will feature live DJ sets, refreshing cocktails and poolside bbq. A ticket is required to attend the rooftop pool party and is available for $35 per person; entry is complimentary for all hotel guests. 

Local Table, 24033 Cinco Ranch, 10535 Fry, 11525 South Fry, 2003 West 34th
All Local Table locations will be featuring a Red White and Blueberry mimosa flight for $15 (all locations will close at 4 p.m.) with the exception of the Cinco Ranch location. The flagship location will be hosting a Patio Party with festive decorations, a play area for children as well as flags, face painters and balloon artists for kids. Families can enjoy live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lyric Market, 411 Smith
Located less than a mile away and a short 10-15 minute walk to Eleanor Tinsley Park, guests can grab some American Flags and popsicles on their way to see the Freedom Over Texas fireworks show.
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Pick up red, white and blue treats to celebrate the holiday at NoPo Café Market & Bar.
Photo by Carly Coquoz
NoPo Café Market & Bar, 1244 North Post Oak
NoPo will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but its festive holiday cakes, cookies and tarts available for pick-up from Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 3. Preorder online.

The Original Ninfa’s, 2704 Navigation, 1700 Post Oak
Customers can stop in for the Disco Limonada (Patron silver, Midori, Pineapple, Limonada) for $13, as well as a half-gallon of Ninfaritas for $25 (normally $50). Ninfaritas are available for take out service only from July 1 - July 4 at the Navigation and Uptown locations.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th
Head to the San Leon oyster house for all-day 4th of July fun. From 2 to 4 p.m., the San Leon Fire Department will have a fire engine on site; then from 4 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy live music, a face painter, balloon artist, popcorn machine, sno-cones and fireworks on the pier. Reservations recommended via Resy. Boat slip reservations can be made by emailing [email protected].

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 1140 Eldridge
Both locations will be open for both in-house dining and curbside takeout for July 4th, with a happy hour menu and prices all day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

URBE, 1101 Uptown Park
For July 4, the restaurant will feature special red, white and blue margaritas for the holiday at $8 each from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Xochi, 1777 Walker
Hugo Ortega’s downtown hotspot with offer the Margarita Roja (tequila, Campari, triple sec, fresh lime and orange, simple syrup), El Coco Margarita (silver tequila, Kalani coconut rum liqueur, coconut milk, fresh lime juice, simple syrup) and Margarita Azul (tequila, Blue Curaçao, fresh lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup) for $8 each from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We will be updating this list until right before the Fourth of July. Please send any additional information to [email protected].