With some well-deserved sunshine, a long weekend, and America’s birthday all upon us, we find ourselves faced with big decisions to make. “Where should we have brunch?…Should we sit outside?…Is that open on the 4th?”

At least you know you’re headed for a fun weekend when these are the only “worries” on your plate.

All good problems to have, but how about we solve them for you right now with some of BevSpot’s favorite Boston area highlights, all open on Saturday and all ready to serve you delicious drinks, food, and entertaining holiday festivities.

La Brasa

Fresh off a streak of recognitions as recent winner of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston award for best service, and the Improper Bostonian’s winner for Boston’s best neighborhood restaurant in East Somerville, this semi-newcomer fits all the 4th of July requirements. With a Latin fusion cuisine focused on wood-burning cooking, the smells alone walking through the doors will immediately push you into the holiday spirit.

Not only is La Brasa open for regular hours on the 4th, but they’ll also be offering a rare treat—a pig roast! For $50 per person, enjoy the delicious, freshly roasted pork with sides, or check out their regular menu. To top it all off, they’re offering dollar oysters from 5-6 and from 10-11, which we think we can squeeze into our busy schedule.

It was a disappointment when Sel de la Terre closed, but Chef Daniel Bojorquez is making up for it with this delicious neighborhood eatery.

La Brasa
124 Broadway, Somerville 02145


Local ingredients and local beer are two big themes at this Cambridge establishment. Focused on comfort food, McCabe’s is catering to that morning after crowd who may wake up on Saturday in need of recovery and a pick me up before hitting the town for fireworks. This works out perfectly since they’ll be offering what’s currently being hailed as the best breakfast sandwich around (you know, the one that comes with that delicious duck confit hash?)

So roll out of bed and grab a beer from one of the 20 draft lines, of course focused on local flavor. Or check out the Barrel Aged Negroni which features 5-year aged American gin from one of our favorite local distilleries, Grand Ten.

They’ll be closing after brunch (kitchen open until 3, bar until 4), but we’re okay with that. All we really want to do is start the day with a cold local brew and some candied bacon.

McCabe’s on Mass
2046 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02140

The Beehive

Live music? Check. Outdoor patio in the heart of the South End? Check. Open all day on the 4th? Check.

Though closed for the holiday in past years, Boston’s classic Beehive has got your whole day covered. Starting with their infamous Jazz Brunch from 10:30am to 3pm, an intimate dinner jazz set from 6:30 to 8:30, and a Colombian bass guitar set to wrap up the evening from 10:00-2am, our suggestion would be to enjoy that outdoor patio between music sets.

With a classic American menu, artisan inspired cocktails, and that old school lounge-like vibe that feels a bit like going back in time, we can’t imagine a better way to spend the day.

The Beehive
541 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

Sweet Cheeks

Frustrated that you can’t grill on that amazing city rooftop? Or maybe you’re a little bummed that the invite to your friend’s annual barbeque got lost in the mail. Either way, Sweet Cheeks has got you covered. This Fenway barbeque joint is observing good old classic American ways with their usual all day southern style barbeque menu, but with an afternoon holiday twist—a pie eating contest! Featuring contestants chosen through an Instagram photo contest, at 3:14 in the afternoon on the 4th, contestants will face off eating homemade blueberry pies.

Stuffing our faces with pie might not be on our to-do list with all the restaurant hopping we’ve got planned, but we will gladly play the role of spectators, while enjoying some of the all-natural, responsibly sourced, delicious ribs, and of course the biscuits that were just named best in Boston by the Improper Bostonian. This may actually beat out our friend’s outdoor barbeque—all the deliciousness, watching people stuff their faces for sport, and none of the clean up. Count us in.

Sweet Cheeks
1381 Boylston Street, Boston 02215


Maybe you’re not into the typical festivities of Independence Day, and since this is Boston after all, it’s always important to have a rain backup. Saus is the perfect fallback plan to guarantee cheap but delicious eats, and a great selection of cold beer. This tiny dive located on the historic strip of Faneuil Hall specializes in fries, so simple yet so delicious. Until walking into Saus, fries are merely a side dish, maybe a snack. But order a plate of pommes frites topped with cheese curds, gravy, pork belly, or numerous other toppings of your choosing, and you may have a whole new outlook on life. And as the name suggests, choose from over 13 accompanying sauces. It’s pretty hard to choose between dipping your fries in a cheddar sauce mixed with Duvel Ale, or white truffle ketchup….decisions, decisions.

Round it off with an extensive selection of unique and seasonal beers, and you’ve got yourself a happy holiday. If fries aren’t your thing, they also offer an amazing sandwich menu. We can safely say from personal experience, the crispy chicken sandwich is out of this world.

Saus will be closing at 8pm on the 4th, but future tip: they usually serve their full menu until 2am on the weekends. So keep that in mind the next time you’re on your way home from those Faneuil bars.

33 Union Street, Boston 02108