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Dallas bars and restaurants will ring in Texas Independence Day this year

About 186 years ago, Richard Ellis, the President of the Texas Constitutional Convention, appointed five men to draft the state’s Declaration of Independence: George C. Childress, James Gaines, Edward Conrad, Collin McKinney, and Bailey Hardeman. They modeled the document on the country’s declaration of independence, establishing the separation of Texas from Mexico and the creation of the Republic of Texas. On March 2, Ellis signed the incorporation document, which was distributed to what were then the towns of Bexar, Goliad, Nacogdoches, Brazoria and San Felipe.

Since then, cities across the state commemorate the holiday, which also fails Texas Flag and Sam Houston Day. Although March 2 is not an official public holiday, government offices are operating with reduced staff as a reminder.

Bars and restaurants are getting in on it too, celebrating with Texas-inspired food and drink. Here’s where to find the best places to celebrate all things Lone Star State on March 2

rodeo bar

The Texas-themed bar within the Adolphus Hotel will feature an assortment of adult-friendly Texas dishes. Cheer on the state’s founding fathers with an ice-cold Dr Pepper or relive your childhood at the State Fair with a sampling of Frito Pie, Turkey Legs and Funnel Cake. Order a bowl of Texas red (chili) or a plate of carne asada to end the evening. As always, the bar’s signature Rodeo Burger will be available for purchase.

JAXON Texas Kitchen and Beer Garden

With $2 burgers, $3 Texan pilsners, and $5 Texan whiskey all day, the downtown beer garden and cafe celebrates Texas and the venue’s second anniversary in a big way. Bumble & Brim Hat Co. will be on hand with Texas-themed hats and branded merchandise for guests to purchase. Be sure to grab an item or two for a souvenir photo for the Photo Wagon, which will be on site. At 7 p.m., Straight Tequila Night, a 90s country cover band, will play live music until 10 p.m.

whack

Celebrate happy hour like a real Texan. From 5-7 p.m., the Uptown restaurant will offer $12 palomas, old-fashioned tequila, and ranch waters. Also on offer: a $30 sampling flight, which includes happy hour specials, plus two small pours of tequila blanco and rosa. Pro tip: RSVP for the happy hour special to receive a free appetizer. Country musician Sarah Johnson will be on hand for the afternoon party. Don’t forget to take pictures of Texas-sized balloons for the gram.

the ranch

Show your Texas pride with a tasting of Texas wines. This event focuses on state wineries, instead of tequila and whiskey, to showcase Texas wine country. For $75, guests will blind taste a selection of Texan wines and compare them to other wines from around the world. The tasting will be accompanied by a series of bites from the restaurant’s chef. At the end of the night, guests will leave with a personalized bag, wine glass and tasting notebook to continue their wine tasting adventures elsewhere. For non-wine connoisseurs, the restaurant will host a Texas whiskey tasting from 5-7 p.m. Buy tickets.

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