Tip a Molson at Canada Day party

Transplanted Canucks get a jump on July Fourth by celebrating Canada Day three days early. Meehan's Public House in Sandy Springs is host for the bash, which begins at 3 p.m. June 28. Free street hockey courtesy of the Atlanta Thrashers takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Kids can enjoy other games and activities, too. Molson Canadian beer will be flowing from the tap and bartenders are set to pour Bloody Caesars (vodka and Clamato juice-based cocktails). The menu goes Canadian, too, with dishes including poutine (French fries smothered in cheese curd and gravy), tourtiere (meat pie) and Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in Canadian lager. Members of the Canadian Consulate will be in the house. After 9 p.m., guests must be 21 and older. Live music from Atlanta Kitchen Party cranks at 10, and the party lasts until 2 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League Foundation.

THE 411: $10; ages 20 and younger free. 3 p.m. June 28. Meehan's Public House, 227 Sandy Springs Place, Sandy Springs. 404-843-8058, www.meehanspublichouse.com.

CURE FOR SUMMERTIME BLUES?

Aqua Blue attempts to lure customers with a beaucoup of summertime specials. On Sundays and Mondays, $20 gets diners a three-course meal with four entree options. Also on Mondays, a roster of martinis goes on sale for $5 a glass, and select appetizers are $3 each. On Tuesdays, wash down $1 nigiri with $3 draft beers. Wednesdays tout $5 glasses of select wine. Grab free appetizers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Live music from American Flyers follows.

THE 411: Free. Aqua Blue, 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell; 770-643-8886, www.aquablueatl.com.

BEES, BARBECUE AND BEER

The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center restaurant and Club Room are cranking out special eats and libations through Aug. 17. Ribs, exotic cocktails and featured beer make the cut. Cachaca (a Brazilian sugar cane-based liquor) finds its way into a series of specialty libations. Leblon Lemonade, the Margarita Samba, Leblon Breeze and Caipirinha Up are $8 each. Or tip back a Miller Chill or Miller Lite for $5 per bottle from 5 to 10 p.m. St. Louis-style pork ribs are priced at $12 for a half-slab, $18 for a full. Grad school suddenly makes sense.

THE 411: Free. The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-347-9440, www.gatechhotel.com.

WING CRAZY

Can you pack some serious hot wing poundage? Tiny bones will be flying as Hotlanta Hot Sauce holds a wing-eating competition at Midtown Tavern. Prizes include an iPod, a Midtown Tavern gift certificate and more. The competition starts at 6 p.m. Onlookers can take advantage of cheap beer. Live bands including Broken Red and Blackheadz perform throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless Foundation.

THE 411: Free to watch, $20 to compete. 1 p.m. June 28. Midtown Tavern, 554 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-541-1372, www.midtowntavern.net.

— Jon Waterhouse

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