There are diehard fans of our city's big birthday party for America, and then there are those people who would rather not deal with the crowds — even if it means missing the fireworks. But what kind of Independence Day is it without a bunch of colorful explosions? Now, thanks to Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; www.1111-m.com
), non-fairgoers can enjoy the downtown display, too — along with dinner, drinks and dancing! On Friday and Saturday (July 4 and 5), the restaurant hosts Fourth of July Celebrations
on its rooftop patio, which has a lovely view of the Arch. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and carry on until 1 a.m., and during the night there'll be buffet eats, live music and a cash bar. The time to buy your tickets to these parties is now rather than later, so call 314-241-8989 to save your spot; admission costs $50.
Fri., July 4; Sat., July 5, 2008