On July 4, Surly’s is hosting a Southern BBQ Bash, serving Kentucky Highball cocktails on arrival, an American-barbeque tasting plate and piles of chicken wings. There will also be a free bourbon tasting with Australian whiskey expert, Dan Woolley (who has flown in especially for the event), alongside live music from rocker Glenn Esmond.

July 4 6pm–9pm
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Soda Factory
With its vintage vibes, Soda Factory is a classic take on an Americana theme. It’s one of those places that gets better after dark, where you can expect cheesy DJ sets featuring the Grease soundtrack and live music.

On Independence Day Soda Factory will serve boozy-floats, fried chicken and $5 cans of beer. There will be live tunes from The Royal with Cheese (a five-piece band) and DJ Glenn B’Trippin. Attempt the Giant Weiner, a metre-long hot dog, or stick to a normal-sized dog for a buck.

July 4, 5pm.
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Bovine & Swine
Bovine & Swine is another American barbeque restaurant specialising in Texan fare, done with a twist. What makes it non-traditional Texan is the use of chopped pork, which is more common to Carolina smokers.

For the Fourth of July, it’s hosting a special Swine Party, which will involve chopped-hog sandwiches, full racks of ribs and a pork-filled mac'n'cheese. Sides will include classic slaws and pickles, which you can enjoy with imported American beers.

July 4, 6pm.
Walk ins only.

Sir Chapel
Sir Chapel is teaming up with Stockdale Brew Co. and American-style Akasha Brewing Co. to throw a craft-beer event called Uncle Sam Wants Hops.

Try American-style IPAs alongside local pale ales, amber ales and lagers. Expect beers such as the 8bit India pale ale from Stockdale, with caramel malt and high-hop flavours, and a new release from Akasha, NEIPA.

The menu will feature slow-smoked hickory pulled-pork sliders with slaw and spiced-apple pies.

July 4, 12pm (the kitchen closes between 3pm and 5pm).

The Erko
While the Erko isn’t hosting an event on July 4, its July 2 event Not the 4th of July: A Smokehouse Special can get you in the mood for celebrations on the actual day. It's serving crowd pleasers such as Kentucky style BBQ and smoked brisket from its compact smoker on the deck outside.

It also has some American-style beers on tap for the event such as Kona Big Wave, 4 Pines American Pale Ale, and Goose Island IPA alongside staple tinnies such as Budweiser and PBR. Vinyl DJs are playing American tunes from 4pm.

July 2, 11am–10pm.
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Papi Chulo
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated day, head to this Merivale-owned Manly restaurant. The design is clean and crisp, and there are views over the harbour.

While there is no specific event, the menu of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and platters feature all the flavours of a Deep South barbeque. Grab a side of curly fries or some smoked hot wings and you’ve got a Fourth of July feast.

This American South-inspired restaurant offers a New Orleans-themed menu alongside a dedication to American whiskey. It has impressive views, and is a good place to watch the sunset over the west end of Sydney harbour.

Try the Great Gatsby-inspired Mint Julep alongside a Southern Julep, which uses Southern Comfort instead of bourbon. The menu features barbeque-spiced garlic corn and tea-brined, blackened smoked chicken. Bar snacks include grilled-jalapeno cornbread with paprika butter and Cajun soft-shell crab po’boys with chipotle mayo.

Honourable mentions
House of Crabs
Chur Burger
Miss Peaches
Hartsyard Shady Pines Saloon