Yes, we know it’s not an Australian holiday. Neither is Bastille Day, but that’s unlikely to stop us from eating crepes.

Here’s our pick of where to honour American independence (mostly with food, booze and music) in Melbourne.

Progressive wine lunch at Arbory Bar and Eatery, CBD
Flinders Street Station’s platform-turned-150-metre-long-bar is hosting a two-course lunch with barbeque straight from Arbory’s smoker. Wine expert Raul Moreno Yague will give a rundown on some of his favourite wines from Oregon and California. Guests will be getting down to beats by DJs Vince Peach and T-Roy Brown. The Itchy Feet Pep Band will also be playing on the Yarra’s banks in the late afternoon.
Arbory Bar and Eatery
Flinders Walk, Melbourne
From 12.30pm
Tickets $75, available here.

Meatmother party at Forester’s Hall, Collingwood
Barbeque pork sliders, hot wings, pizza until 2am. The American meat enthusiasts at Meatmother in Richmond are throwing it all in for Independence Day. Twenty-four American beers will be circulating, including exclusive brews from Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Founders and Rogue. A Texas Hold-Em tournament will run upstairs from 6pm–8pm for those feeling lucky. There’s a 4am licence which means you can settle in for a session.
Forester’s Hall
64 Smith Street, Collingwood
From 12pm
Tickets $25 for Texas Hold-Em Tournament here.

All-day American classics at Trunk, CBD
Trunk is pulling out a one-off menu for the day. It will salute an NFL player in the form of a Wagyu burger, aptly named the Jarryd Hayne Train. They’ve gone overboard for the sweet tooths, offering pecan or cherry pie, S’mores and a Reese’s ice-cream sundae.
Trunk Bar and Restaurant
275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Baked goods available from 8am, main meals from 12pm.

Burgers, fries and beats at Joey Smalls, Brunswick
Joey Smalls is going shamelessly all-out on dude food, putting on Reuben burgers, chilli-cheese fries and trusty jalapeno peppers. Blue Moon IPA is on tap, although the bar has concocted some special cocktails including a Tennessee Negroni and Alabama Iced Tea. Joey Smalls will blast the place with New York disco vibes.
Joey Smalls
284 Sydney Road, Brunswick
4pm until late
No bookings required.

Free Whisky masterclass at The Kilburn Hotel, Hawthorn
You’re about to get an education (albeit a pretty boozy one). The Kilburn is giving a free whisky masterclass, allowing you a taste of America’s finest rye, bourbon and blended whiskies. You can also expect to throw down a couple of boilermakers (if you don’t know what that is, you’ll know well by the end of the day).
The Kilburn Hotel
348 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
4pm–8pm
No bookings required.

Greasy eats and easy beats at The B.East’s Independence Day Party
The Brunswick East live-music venue will have you tuning into the sounds of Illinois, with Australian-American band Cisco Caesar merging blues, soul and vintage rock. While you listen, you can scoff down fried chicken, waffles and pulled-pork freedom fries. Tunes courtesy of DJ Kit Convict.
The B.East
80 Lygon Street Brunswick East
7pm
No bookings required.

A dive-bar party at Huey Long’s

This Saturday, the guys are feeling really generous. They're putting on free food from 7pm to 9pm, including fried chicken crackling, deep-fried pickles and mini po’ boys. The jelly shots are free, and cocktails are only $10. There will also be yard games and "patriotic music" to keep you in good spirits.

Huey Long’s
295 Smith Street, Fitzroy
From 5pm
No bookings required.