Cold beers, grilled meat, and fireworks equal a quintessential Fourth of July. Toss in sandy beaches and a little sweltering heat, and you have a classic summer day in the Magic City.
Places in Miami are definitely getting down for America's birthday this Wednesday, marking 242 years since the founding of the country. It was nearly a quarter of a millennium ago when settlers won their battle for independence from Great Britain. Imagine how much beer and barbecue would get consumed if such an event happened in 2018.
Nevertheless, the beer will flow and the meat will be cooked on an open flame at breweries, restaurants, and even car dealerships. For beer and barbecue, try these Independence Day specials around town.
Events take place Wednesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted, and prices generally do not include tax and tip.
Abaco Wines & Wine Bar. Pair grilled meats and fine wines with a sommelier, beginning with chilled rosé and ending with an estate Pinot Noir while watching slides from last year's harvest. Afterward, expect s'mores and port. Noon to 3 p.m. at 140 NE 39th St., Suite 206, Miami; 786-409-5286; abacowine.com. Tickets cost $45.
Bacon and Beer Bar Crawl. In its fourth year, this event will celebrate with beer and bacon samples. Crawlers will get either a food sample or beer or other drink at each location. 4 to 10 p.m. beginning at El Patio Wynwood, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; elpatiowynwood.com. For a full list of venues, visit eventbrite.com. Prices range from $30 to $50 per person.
Concrete Beach Brewery. At the Red, White, Brews and BBQ, everyone in the brewery's social hall will raise pints to the flag and freedom and enjoy food from BBQ by Zeke and Madrecita's Bistro, house-made brews, and half-off growler fills. Noon to 11:59 p.m. at 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free.
Kendall Hyundai. This dealership in Kendall will host a free barbecue for anyone who wants to drop by, hang out, and maybe buy a car. Noon to 3 p.m. at 5895 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; 305-238-0000; kendall-hyundai.com.
Malibu Farm Miami Beach. The Eden Roc's oceanfront restaurant will offer local craft beers and a meat-forward barbecue menu. Choices include slow-cooked brisket, smoked chicken thighs, and sausage. Sides, a beer, and a breathtaking view are included. Bonus: Biscayne Bay Brewing will take over the taps at Malibu Farm. Noon to 11 p.m. at 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-0000; edenrochotelmiami.com. Cost is $45 per person. RSVP via 305-674-5579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marenas Beach Resort. Marenas will host a daytime barbecue buffet including hamburgers, grilled half chickens, and baby-back ribs. Expect sides such as corn on the cob, baked beans, and Southern-style potato salad; dessert will be strawberry shortcake. The price is $28 for adults and $14 for children. A cash bar for soda, beer, wine, and alcohol with happy-hour prices will be available. Noon to 4 p.m. at 18683 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-503-6000; marenasresortmiami.com.
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Shelborne South Beach. Get ready for barbecue, craft beer, and backyard games at Shelborne's Oasis Beer Garden. Snag a choice of certified Angus beef burger, Nathan's Famous hot dogs, or a vegetarian garden burger with a
Skorpios. The midtown restaurant will celebrate the red, white, and blue with $4 beers and its Ares pita burger ($18), found on Skorpios' James Beard-blended burger menu. Happy hour is half off all drinks. Noon to close at 3252 NE First Ave., #107, Miami; 786-329-5905; skorpiosmiami.com.
The Wynwood Yard. The 4ourth of July Beer Fest and BBQ will offer beer samplings from local breweries such as
Veza Sur Brewing Company. The brewery will be closed for Independence Day, but July 3, it will host an "El Triple" celebration with $3 craft beers and live DJs until 3 a.m. 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com.