It’s important for sports fanatics to find the perfect bar to huddle over a pint of local beer with their eyes glued to the screen until they can scream with friends near a TV that rivals the Rogers Centre’s jumbotrons.
We’ve made a list of the best sports bars in Toronto by neighbourhood so you can find your new favourite place to watch a game just in time for hockey season.
The Duke of York boasts a beautiful garden patio, two bar areas across two floors, and tons of great beer and pub fare. This popular pub is a sports lover’s hot spot with lots of delicious nachos, wings, and other pub favourites.
The Gull and Firkin is the Beaches’ location of the Firkin pub chain. Not only do they play every match your heart desires, but they have great specials, including their Wednesday deal that features one pound of wings and a Molson Canadian for only $16.
Church Wellesley Village
Striker Sports Bar is Toronto’s favourite (and only) LGBTQ sports bar. The bar is completely accessible, has great food, and is filled with dozens of HD screens and a killer sound system, which sounds like a recipe for a perfect sports bar. They also have Canada’s first-ever Frost Rail to keep your drinks nice and cool.
Do two words go together more perfectly than pizza and pub? The Danforth boasts the Brass Taps Pizza Pub, which has specials five nights a week, a long bar, three pool tables, and 11 26″ TV’s scattered throughout the bar. This pub has been around since 1990 and is full of classic tasty pub eats and delicious pizza pies.
Dundas West’s The Dock Ellis is named after the star pitcher who is famous for throwing a no-hitter while high on acid. The sports bar caters to all who love sports, whether they’re traditional sports bar games or others you’d have to watch at home if you wanted to catch them. They also only serve craft beer, with most of the draught picks from the Toronto area.
If you’re a Gretzky fanatic and looking for a way to get closer to the hockey star, head to Gretzky’s for a pre (or post) game drink. Situated right by the Rogers Centre, it’s a perfect place to grab a bite after catching a game, and there are tons of TVs to watch live sports when you’re not peeking at the Great One’s memorabilia.
If you don’t mind a crowd, the Financial District hosts Toronto’s largest and busiest sports bar, Real Sports Bar & Grill. With two-story screens that are perfect to watch the game and 36 beers on tap, this tasty hot spot is like heaven for a sports fan.
The Junction’s Shoxs has tons of great features like six pool tables, 27 flat screen TV’s, Sports & NTN Buzztime Trivia, Texas Hold’em, and weekly trivia tournaments with prizes. The menu also has all of the classic pub favourites like jalapeno poppers and stuffed potato skins, but also includes some unique dishes like greek fries.
The Football Factory in King West has traditional English pub fare. The swanky bar and bistro is a fancier sports bar that is devoted solely to football/soccer. It prides itself as a true Canadian soccer bar with 13 HDTVs and four private booths where you can choose what you watch.
Head to the Queen’s Head Pub for some English style grub in Leslieville. The bar, which also has a location in Scarborough, has tons of promotional days with cheap eats like half priced wings, and affordable drinks like $5 wine/beer days. You can go to this awesome sports bar at any time of the day, as it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Craft Brasserie is a huge yet homey pub with large screen TVs, unusual pub fare, and the largest selection of draught beers in the city. The Craft boasts 120 brews at any given time and if you can’t bring yourself to choose from the expansive list, you can try a flight of beers with four 5-oz pours.
The owner of Round the Horn is a huge sports fan, so there is tons of sports memorabilia throughout the bar. There are also games at the back with a Rolling Stones-themed pinball machine, a PS3 connected to a big screen TV, and various board games. Most of the beer is local, and they have a hot dog centric snack menu available until 2 a.m. They even serve a Mac Daddy hot dog, which is based on the Big Mac and comes with pickles, lettuce, onions, and thousand island dressing.
West Queen West
The Dog & Bear is perfect for Toronto sports fans, as it airs all Leafs, Raptors, Jays, NFL, and EPL Games. The pub is hip with stone walls and old tapestries, and there’s tons of great beer and pub food. On any given game day the bar is packed, so make sure to get there early so you get a good seat.
Yonge & Dundas
The Shark Club boasts itself on “Veteran Experience. Rookie Hype.” With towering big screens, several satellite feeds, and innovative menus, the Shark Club is the perfect sports bar to cheer on your favourite team. Most of their food puts a creative twist on classic pub fair like Parmesan Tater Tots, Mini Mac Sliders, and Dirty Chips that come topped with bacon, blue cheese, ranch dressing, and hot sauce.