Canada, you’re looking better than ever — and not just because many of us down below you are contemplating starting over in the frozen north.
America's neighbor and source of cultural riches like Mike Myers and Drake celebrates the 150th anniversary of its unification on July 1, and here’s where you can cheers it with a Great Canadian Caesar (it’s a cocktail).
Make sure your best Canadian tuxedo jean jacket is pressed and be polite — who knows what can blossom over a couple of Molsons and poutine?
All the Canadian whiskeys and music at The Well
You can get Mile End grub at this giant Williamsburg bar, too, where a whole day of free music and games accompany a dizzying selection of 150 Canadian whiskeys(!), over 40 Canadian craft beers and live music by the excellent band Great Lake Swimmers, along with Mobina Galore, Castlefield and more. Wear white and red, and don’t leave without trying Canada’s signature dessert Nanaimo bars (basically custard, butter and chocolate. Yum!) Free with RSVP, 21+, July 1, noon-3 a.m., 272 Meserole St., Brooklyn
Cuddle up to Drake at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown
The dress code this weekend calls for your best Canadian tuxedo (jeans and a jean jacket) to get into PHD Terrace’s annual free Canada Day party. The newly renovated rooftop bar welcomes everyone with free poutine for the first hour with cocktail (Great Canadian Caesar) and beer specials (Molson and Moosehead), as well as authentic food including smoked meat sandwiches. Rhett Bixler from the Chainsmokers will be DJ’ing — only tracks by Canadian artists, of course. Pose with your favorite Canadian like Drake at cardboard cutouts around the bar. July 1, 2-5 p.m., 210 W. 55th St., Free with RSVP
Two nights of partying at Mama’s Bar
Wear anything Canada-themed to this casual no-cover party at the East Village's Mama’s Bar, with Canadian tunes and Olympic hockey on the screens while you drink $6 Moosehead and Molson drafts, $6 Canadian Club shots. Their outdoor patio is now open, too (through 10 p.m.) June 30, 6 p.m.-4 a.m., July 1, noon-4 a.m., 34 Ave. B at East Third St.
Rock out at True North: A Concert of Canada
Come and learn the songs that keep Canadians warm through those long winters as Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre arrives in NYC for a month-long residency, kicking off with two concerts of classic Canadian songs at Pershing Square Signature Theatre. The rest of the month will feature plays, musicals and cabaret nights. July 1, 3:30 p.m., July 2, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., 480 W. 42nd St., tickets start at $35
Or just eat your feelings at Mile End
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s favorite spot in NYC has a special named for him just for the holiday: The Trudeau is a sandwich of fried egg, smoked meat and cheddar cheese on rye bread. Also on the menu at the Jewish deli by way of Montreal are a poutine burger, Bieber Tails (like the pastry, only more angsty?) and a fancy poutine with two types of bacon and foie gras. 53 Bond St., East Village, 97A Hoyt St., Boerum Hill