NYC isn't typically where you would think you could celebrate National Country Music Day on July 4, but there are quite a few places to go to listen to country music and surround yourself with good people. Forget about expensive gourmet dining – you'll have
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plenty of lick-your-fingers-good burgers, wings, Tex-mex, barbeque, and cheap greasy food to choose from. Throw on a pair of jeans and a comfortable top and get ready to celebrate National Country Music Day in New York City.
A self-described honky tonk, Rodeo Bar offers a good time with a variety of people even before you've had a drink. You'll find an extensive food menu, a variety of margaritas and, of course, beer. They have everything from Fried Pickles to a 24 ounce Rodeo Steak – the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. Rodeo Bar is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., and Happy hour is every day from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There's live music every night, and on July 4th The Newton Gang is going to perform. If you're looking for a cover charge, you won't find one because there isn't any.
It's not your typical country western bar. They have an outdoor patio that's decked out with TV's, a bar and a grill. There's free WiFi, but the dart league or beer pong is likely more enticing than looking at the Internet. They serve six types of beer, and although they have an average-sized menu, it includes delicious items such as Sweet Potato Fries ($5), a Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs ($20) and Mac-n-Cheese Bites ($7). They have a free shuttle available for those who need it and live in the local area. There's live music almost every Saturday night. Monday through Saturday they're open from noon to 4 a.m. and on Sunday they're open from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
You may drool a bit – don't say I didn't warn you. They cook their barbeque in their meat-smoking room where it smokes slowly, then gets dry-rubbed. Their menu includes items such as sausage, brisket, ribs, sweet potato bourbon mash, cornbread and chili. Live bands perform Friday and Saturday nights and from Tuesday through Thursday. Drink specials are every day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10p.m. to closing. Hill Country Barbeque Market is open from noon to 2 a.m. daily.
Since many of you are probably off from work, get the party started and head over early. If there's no live music, you'll still hear plenty of country music blasting through the sound system. Now that you have a few options of where to go, there's no excuse not to go out for National Country Music Day on July 4.