How to Celebrate Canada Day the New York Way

Here at Uber NYC we’re lucky to count a few Canadian expats among our team. So, while everyone gabs aboot their July 4th plans [see what we did there?], we wanted to make sure we didn’t neglect this very special (and definitely more polite) subsection of our office. This is how we’ve been instructed to celebrate their special day:

Drink Canadian Beer

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Here are a few spots where you can pitch up to the bar and order a Molson or Labatt:

Eat Poutine

Indulge yourself in what is arguably Canada’s greatest contribution to the culinary world: poutine. French fries, gravy, and cheese curds — what more do you need to know? Nothing, except for the fact that it’s delicious. While the dish remains relatively elusive in NYC, there are a few gems to be found. Some of our favorites include:

Go to a Canada Day Party

See a list of Uber-approved Canada Day fêtes going on over the next two days:

Monday, June 30th

  • Get your drink on Jacques Cartier-style — on a boat! This year, the Canadian Association of New York will host their annual Canada Day/Patio Night celebration at the Frying Pan. Head over for 6pm and set sail for the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (if only in your mind). Tickets can be purchased here.

Tuesday, July 1st

  • Wear your Canadian Tuxedo (or hockey jersey) proudly to the The 12th Annual NYC Red & White Rager at Mama’s Bar in Alphabet City. The bar will be serving up Canadian beer, poutine, patriotic tunes, and temporary tattoos. They’ll also be showing the USA World Cup Game, followed by this year’s Gold Medal Olympic hockey games, so it’s sure to be a hoot. This is where the Uber team will be ringing in Canada’s 147th birthday, so we hope to see you there! Doors open just before 4pm. See full details here.
  • Pad your stomach for an evening of imbibing at Mile End Deli’s Mama’s Pre-Party. They’ll be serving up a host of homeland specials, including poutine, smoked meat, Black Seed Bagels (well, those are technically from New York, but they’re Montreal-style!), and Beaver Tails. If you don’t know what a Beaver Tail is, educate yourself quickly and get excited. Things kick off at Mile End’s Bond Street location at 5pm.
  • If you’re looking to take a… different [read: less booze-filled] approach, then Canada Day At Joe’s Pub: Canada’s Birthday Bash featuring the Great Canadian Songbook is just the ticket. The evening will feature a slew of artists, all paying tribute to Canada’s Greatest Hits. Kicking off the shows in a rousing O Canada will be none other than NYC newsman/Canuck, Pat Kiernan. (Fun fact: Kiernan is from Calgary, Alberta!) Tickets and showtimes can be found here.


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