Punch Picks: Where to Get Your Drink On This 4th of July

Looking for a watering hole to get patriotic this 4th of July? Here are some of the hottest dining and drinking spots in LA to rock your red, white, and blue. Have fun, and please, for the love of America, use Uber!

FRED 62
You can’t get more classic American than a hamburger and a milkshake at the diner!  Grab a seat at the counter at Fred 62 and order up the Juicy Lucy Burger with any of Fred’s famous Shakes & Malts, or get creative and mix and match flavors to build your own shake!  If you crave traditional barbeque favorites for Fourth of July, try Fred’s finger-lickin’ good Slow Smoked BBQ Ribs & Brisket served with Sweet Potato Fries and Cole Slaw.  Wash down that barbeque feast with a Guinness Beer Float – boy it tastes good to be an American! Fred 62 is open 24-7-365. 1850 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; 323.667.0062; www.Fred62.com

Photo: Juicy Lucy Burger, by Moretti Photo

HOTEL ERWIN
Hotel Erwin is celebrating America’s birthday from the ground floor to the rooftop of the rebellious Venice Beach hotel. To start, Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails will host a classic BBQ from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm with beer from local brewery, Venice Duck, and hot dogs, along with live music by Venice artist Christopher Hawley & his band. Guests can enjoy two beers and a hot dog or link for $20.00 and celebrate the spirit of Venice on Independence Day. At High Rooftop Lounge, three table seating’s are available, with a $60.00 minimum spend per person from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and $75 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The rooftop space will have a DJ, prime viewing of the city’s fireworks and a “Freedom Food” menu with not-so-traditional Americana dishes like Coca-Cola Pulled Pork, Grilled Pretzel, Duck Sausage and more. Reservations are required for participation in 4th of July festivities at Hotel Erwin. 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach CA 90291; 424.214.2050; www.hotelerwin.com

Photo: High Roof Top Lounge Courtesy of Hotel Erwin

JUSTICE URBAN TAVERN
It’s an All-American Block Party!  Enjoy a special Independence Day BBQ feast at Justice Urban Tavern on Friday, July 4th.  Sip on brews from the outdoor beer garden and snack on grilled Hamburgers and Bratwurst before or after catching the magnificent fireworks at 9:30 pm in LA’s Grand Park!  You won’t want to miss this Downtown LA Block Party, from 2:00 pm -10:00 pm. Justice Urban Tavern will be open July 4th from 6:00 am to 12:00 am, BBQ Block Party (2:00 pm to 10:00 pm), and Happy Hour (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm). 120 S Los Angeles St. (at 1st St.) Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213.253.9235; www.JusticeLA.com


Photo Courtesy of Justice Urban Tavern

OSAWA
Celebrate summertime this Fourth of July weekend with Osawa’s Summer Specials.  Their seasonal menu makes a splash, with dishes like Crispy Mame – Aji with Cilantro Lime and Jalapeno, Zucchini Blossom Tempura stuffed with Shrimp and Chili Miso, Yivaraka Beef Tongue, and a daily special Fish Carpaccio.  Vegetarians will love the Organic Tofu with Truffle Salt & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Crunchy Japanese Cucumbers.  Quench that hot summer thirst with a glass of Sake or a Sapporo, and stay cool at Osawa in Pasadena! Osawa will be open July 4th for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 77 North Raymond Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.683.1150; www.TheOsawa.com

Photo Courtesy of Osawa

PERRYS CAFÉ & RENTALS
What better way to spend the Fourth of July in Southern California than with a day at the beach?  The Legends Bike Tour will take you on an entertaining guided tour showcasing some of the most legendary Santa Monica sights.  And for those looking for a more relaxing beach experience, pamper yourself with your own personal Beach Butler.  End the day with Chef Robin Hathaway’s Signature Hamburger straight off the grill, with traditional barbecue sides, and be sure to stick around for the annual fireworks show.  With over nine locations through Santa Monica, Venice beach and now the South Bay, there’s plenty of opportunity for summer fun in the sun at Perry’s Café & Rentals!  Perry’s Café & Rentals will be open Friday, July 4th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For information on their multiple locations and amenities, visit www.PerrysCafe.com.

Photo: Signature Burger, Courtesy of Perry’s Café & Rentals

SUNCAFE
It’s a double celebration this Fourth of July as SunCafe commemorates the birth of our great nation and the grand opening of their new location!  Enjoy the great American meal, Burgers & Milkshakes, offered at special prices all weekend long.  Cornmeal Crusted Tempeh Sliders are served with pickled radish, arugula, avocado and chipotle mayo on a whole-wheat bun ($3 each), are best when washed down with one of SunCafe’s famous shakes.  Try their new Vanilla Bean Shake made with Whole Tahitian Vanilla Beans, Cashews, Banana, Agave, Goji Berries and Almonds, or make it a Root Beer Float with the addition of organic, Oogave Root Beer ($1 off all shakes).  A vast selection of American craft brews including Almanac “Golden Gate Gose” from San Francisco, Allagash “Curieux” from Maine, and Modern Times “Fortunate Islands” from San Diego.  Save $1 off all beers on tap between the hours of 3pm – 6pm throughout the holiday weekend. SunCafe will be open Friday, July 4th for dinner from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Happy Hour (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm). 10820 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604; 818.528.2550; www.suncafe.com

Photo: SunCafe Tempeh Sliders by Abram Cox

TIPPLE & BRINE
Celebrate Independence Day with a little dose of classic Americana this Fourth of July at Tipple & Brine in Sherman Oaks.  Is there anything better than an “Oyster Hour”?  Get happy, and start off the evening with a dozen raw oysters, fresh off the coast of the USA.  Try a specialty oyster shooter with vodka or tequila and get even happier!  Then dig in to the grilled Flat Iron Steak served with Parmesan potatoes, braised radish, smoked spring onion and whipped bone marrow, or the Lobster Terrine with smoked corn puree, micro cress and crispy shallots.  End with a generous slice of Carrot Cake, drizzled with a salted caramel bourbon sauce, and wash it all down with a patriotic specialty cocktail such as the American trilogy (rye + apple brandy old fashioned style), or Bee Knees (beefeater London dry gin, lemon, honey).  God bless America. Tipple & Brine will be open Friday, July 4th for dinner from 4:30 pm to 12:00 am, Happy Hour (4:30 pm to 7:00 pm). 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; 818.528.2550; www.tippleandbrine.com

Photo: Bowmore Oyster Luge by Moretti Photo

TUNNEL BAR
Honor your country and enjoy a reimagined classic American cocktail this Fourth of July, at Tunnel Bar.  Sip on a Hurricane, a refreshing blend of El Dorado 5 year rum, Appleton Estate V/X Rum, Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum, passion fruit, orange, lime and grenadine. Or try Tunnel Bar’s amped up original, the Alabama Slammer, featuring Lazzaroni Amaretto, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum, fresh orange and lime juice.  A killer soundtrack comprised of Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones and other great, American rock n roll legends from 1970’s will keep the party going all night long. Tunnel Bar will be open Friday, July 4th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Located behind 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403marked by a blue light; 818.528.3434; www.TunnelBarLA.com

Photo:  Hurricane by acuna-hansen

WARWICK
After spending the day at the beach and catching the fireworks display, come show off your gorgeous, summer time glow at Warwick’s 4th of July bash!  Sip on a new summer cocktail served by girls clad in retro red, white & blue swimwear as you lounge in a resort-style cabana.  You’ll feel as though you’re back at the beach with drinks like the Basil Melon Smash, made with tequila, cantaloupe juice and fresh basil and La Piña Colada Gigante, a cocktail made with fresh pineapple juice, house-made coconut cream and Caña Brava Rum served in a hollowed-out pineapple (large enough for two!).  If those cocktails don’t cool you down, complimentary Haagen-Dazs bars and mini Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream cups can be found in Warwick’s new Vintage Ice-Cream Cart.  For the raging sweet tooth, Warwick’s Candy Bar features an endless spread of boardwalk-style treats sure to satisfy.  With tantalizing libations, sounds from top DJs and tableside cocktail service, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to party aboard the SS Warwick this 4th of July! Warwick will be open Friday, July 4th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. 6507 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028; 323.460.6667; www.WarwickLA.com

Photo: La Pina Colada Giganrte by acuna-hanse

WHEEL HOUSE CHEESE SHOP
Culver City’s newest cheese shop is making a big stink about the Fourth of July with daily cheese specials all weekend long!  Visit the shop for 10% off domestic meats and cheese from across the USA.  Wheel House will also offer a unique daily special cheese for a patriotic $17.76, either per pound of wheel, depending on the product (check the in-house chalkboard for more details). Wheel House will be open Friday, July 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. 12954 W Washington Blvd. Culver City, California 90066; 424.289.9167; www.WheelHouseCheese.com

Photo courtesy of Wheel House Cheese Shop

WOOD & VINE
What’s more “Classic American” than dinner and a movie?  Inspired by their iconic Hollywood surroundings, Wood & Vine has decided to host a “Dinner and a Movie” event for this Fourth of July.  Dine under the stars on Wood & Vine’s expansive outdoor patio and enjoy a screening of ‘JAWS’ as you sink your teeth into a juicy W&V Burger and fries.  The restaurant will also be featuring several Independence Day specials including BBQ Pork Belly with Pickled Peaches and Duck Fat Potatoes ($18), Country Fried Chicken with Braised Greens and a Red-Eye Gravy ($16), and for dessert you can’t pass up the Warm Apple Pie served with Buffalo Trace Ice Cream ($7).  Wash everything down with a beer or two from their new selection of canned brews from local breweries including St. Archer Blonde Ale ($6), Golden Road Hefeweizen ($7) or Pizza Port IPA ($7).  An optional cocktail pairing will also be available with the film.  Wood & Vine will be open Friday, July 4th from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, (JAWS screening begins at 9:00 pm on the patio – reservations are required for patio seating). 6280 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90028; 323.334.3360; www.WoodandVine.com

Photo Courtesy of Wood & Vine

WHISKEY RED’S
It’s a Red White & Bash this 4th of July at Whiskey Reds!  Enjoy classic BBQ favorites including Signature Hamburgers, Bratwurst, Salmon Burgers and BBQ Ribs, along with live music from Jack of Hearts and complimentary dessert bar on their patio overlooking the harbor.  The party begins at 5:00 pm, but you’ll definitely want to stick around for a prime view of the 9:30 pm fireworks display and late-night DJ sounds.  Early birds can indulge in $3 “Old School” Beers and $5 Fireball Shots from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Prime patio seating goes quickly, so reservations are recommended.  An All-American Buffet will also be available for $59 per person (patio seating), and $49 per person (indoor seating). Call (310) 823-4522 to reserve your table today! Whiskey Reds will be open Friday, July 4th for lunch 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and for dinner 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Happy Hour (5:30 pm to 8:00 pm), and reserved All-American Buffet Service (5:30 pm to 10:00 pm). 13813 Fiji Way Marina del Rey, California 90292; 310.823.4522; www.WhiskeyReds.com


Photo Courtesy of Whisky Red’s

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