July 4th — a.k.a. Independence Day in the States — is just around the corner, and while those of us hailing from the land of red, white and blue might not be feeling our most patriotic these days, there’s no reason to ditch an easy opportunity to splurge on some BBQ and beer. A fabulous Fourth of July celebration is all about delicious food (and lots of it), free-flowing drinks, and gathering together a rowdy group of family and friends. Whether you’re thousands of miles from home or just looking to tap into some American-style fun, Hong Kong has a number of establishments conjuring up the lively spirit of the US’s biggest national holiday. Ready to partake in the festivities? Here’s where to head for an all-American celebration this Fourth of July.
West Coast diner Commissary goes big on the patriotic holiday with an all-day happy hour headlined by a classic American-style cheeseburger with all the fixings: four juicy patties (a blend of chuck and brisket) smothered in four slices of melted American cheese, sliced tomato and pickles on a griddled brioche bun. It’s BYOB as you tuck into the monster cheeseburger and fries for HK$98.
Commissary, Level 4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2602 0707
Over at Bizou, you’ll want to rock up with your stretchy pants on for the Independence Day spread that awaits. The July 4th menu starts off with Boston-style crab cake with spicy aioli or steak carpaccio dotted with olives, capers and a Creole mustard. Protein-heavy entrées feature grilled swordfish with roasted corn, or the succulent grilled New York strip steak, served alongside roasted potatoes, potato purée, asparagus and peppercorn sauce. Make sure you save room for dessert: Choose from the classic chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream, or the New York cheesecake, an all-American dessert with a tart strawberry compote. The 3-course menu is priced at HK$398 per person.
Bizou, Shop 132, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0775
Nothing says American Independence Day like hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese and free-flow booze. If you’re looking for a place to let loose without reservation (or fear of next day’s hangover), we can’t think of a better spot than Lily & Bloom. Despite the holiday falling midweek, Lily & Bloom is going all out with an all-night bash (HK$388 plus 10% per person) featuring an authentic American spread and a live DJ spinning American rock and hip hop from 6pm until late. Tuck into fresh salads, Cajun-spiced prawns, smoky baby back ribs, parmesan grilled corn, hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese — all chased down with free-flow Peroni beer. Finally, it’s not July 4th without wings — a bottle of Champagne awaits the hungry diner who can scarf down the most wings in 30 seconds.
Lily & Bloom, 5/F-6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6166
Does a rooftop BBQ under the stars sound more up your alley? Make your way to ALTO in Causeway Bay, the cross-continental grillhouse with soaring views to match its eclectic fare. As you soak in the twinkling cityscape and harbour views, pile your plat high with the salad buffet of parma ham & melon, garlic buns, watermelon salad and more; next, hit up the chilled seafood counter and live grill station teeming with grilled sirloin, ribeye, burgers, hot dogs and roast chicken. Cap off the night with the chocolate fountain, assortment of sweets or a cheese platter. The July 4th buffet is priced at HK$428 per person.
ALTO, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2603 7181
More burgers are on the July 4th menu at Three Buns, the now-permanent burger fixture at Potato Head Hong Kong. This is a family affair, so round up the herd and head to the tropical-inspired Sai Ying Pun hot spot for a gourmet #FamilyFeed which includes two kids’ cheeseburgers, two Fun Boy Three Burgers, four servings of French fries, and a serve each of Wing-Its and Naughty Fries for HK$800. Wash it all down with fresh coconuts and cheers to the patriotic holiday.
Three Buns, Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066
Looking to party well into the night in the spirit of American independence? A popular party with American expats year after year, the Fourth of July celebrations at Back Bar are sure to be a hit once again this year. From 6pm ’til late on July 4th, prepare to get happy with an assortment of Pisco Punch, Old Fashioned, Horse Necks and Gin Rickys for HK$80 each, accompanied by scrumptious fried chicken, juicy burgers and fries for those needing to line their stomachs (highly recommended). RSVP in advance here.
Back Bar, Ham & Sherry, G/F, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0628
Fourth of July is synonymous with BBQ and live-fire cooking — which is exactly what’s on the bill over at Craftsteak. The special sharing menu is designed for two (HK$1,288), so prepare to chow down on a juicy grilled 34-ounce Tomahawk steak paired with mashed potatoes, spiced skinny fries and creamed spinach, bookended with fresh oysters and cheesecake with honeycomb and strawberry ice cream for dessert.
Craftsteak, 29 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2523 9500