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Toll Free:
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For any Monday services, please make sure of your booking by Friday to avoid missing your booking.


Toronto’s 20 Greatest Sports Bars

Our definitive list of the best places in Toronto to congregate with your fellow sports fanatics and watch the big game.
BY: ROB DUFFY AND JACOB RUTKA

operabobAlthough our teams haven’t exactly set the world on fire lately, Toronto is a great place to be a sports diehard—the city is loaded with cool hangouts to get your game face on, whether you’re a testosterone-driven fan of hockey fisticuffs or the more cerebral type who’s into quietly dissecting the strategy of Manchester United. Who needs the ACC, anyway?

 

 

STADIUM DISTRICT

THE LOOSE MOOSE

Sports junkies regularly pack the two floors of this establishment near the ACC, either to grab a bite before heading to the game, or to gather with friends in the cavernous, beer hall–like basement and cheer on the Leafs. A much-needed reno scheduled for the end of March will cover up some of the wear and tear, but it’s the raucous atmosphere that makes this one of the best places to watch sports if you’re downtown without a ticket.

Beer: 21 draught, 10 bottles. There are some unique options on tap, like Mississauga’s Barking Squirrel.

Wings: $9.99/lb

Good to know: On the top floor there’s a massive chandelier made out of old beer and liquor bottles.

Number of screens: 65+

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 4

146 Front St. W., #DTN 416-977-8840.  theloosemoose.ca.

 

REAL SPORTS

Though this MLSE-owned establishment boasts an extensive food and drink list and a lively atmosphere, the bar’s real selling point is its enormous, two-story high-def screen (the biggest of its kind in Toronto). Spread over two floors and decked out with leather booths, this oversized man-cave has 200 TVs, interactive golf games and tables where you can pour your own pint. It’s the place to go if you desire hyper-caffeinated, high-tech man-bliss.

Beer: 36 draught, 35 bottles. The menu includes unique blended beers like the Darth Maple (Molson Canadian meets Murphy’s Stout), Maple Leaves (Canadian mixed with Rickard’s Dark) and Les Bleus (Kronenbourg and 1664 Blanc).

Wings: $14.49/lb

Good to know: The tables near the front of the bar are made from the old floors the Raptors played on at the Rogers Centre.

Number of screens: 200

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 5

15 York St., #DTN 416-815-7325, realsports.ca.

 

WAYNE GRETZKY’S RESTAURANT

To say The Great One’s downtown restaurant has an impressive memorabilia collection would be an understatement. This place is a mini–Hockey Hall of Fame that showcases the skates Wayne wore as a two-year-old, a game-worn jersey from his rookie year and the stick he used in game two of the 1987 Canada Cup final, believed by many to be the best game he ever played. Gretzky’s spacious dining room offers a placid experience for the Bay Street crowd, but the bar area is where things get loud at game time. Order the “99” branded burger and the double-chocolate puck for dessert.

Beer: 12 draught, 16 bottles.

Wings: $12.99/lb

Good to know: Number 99 has always been a family-oriented guy, so it’s no surprise that his grandma’s famous perogies have a prime spot on the menu.

Number of screens: 20

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 4

99 Blue Jays Way, #ENT 416-979-7825, gretzky.com/restaurant.

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DOWNTOWN

DUKE OF GLOUCESTER PUB

A dimly-lit space with a pool table, darts and a huge collection of football (okay, soccer for many of us) scarves lining the walls, this second-floor Yonge and Bloor haunt is a good place to be when your favourite side crashes out of the Champions League. Sorrows are best drowned with a traditional English breakfast and a pint of Guinness.

Beer: 15 draught, 30 bottles.

Wings: $6/lb

Good to know: The Duke is also home to Toronto FC’s hardcore supporters group U-Sector, who have covered the bar’s private room (the “snug,” as the Brits say) in a sea of red and white.

Number of screens: 7

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 3

649 Yonge St., #DTN 416-961-9704.

 

FOOTBALL FACTORY

Don’t be put off by the gruff-looking exterior—the Football Factory, located near Queen and Bathurst, is a stellar place to watch Toronto FC and European soccer. Plus, it has an ambitious menu (venison carpaccio, anyone?), a dark-wood interior and an excellent beer list. The action starts early on weekends to accommodate soccer fans who come to watch matches that are rarely broadcast here, like games from the French Ligue 1 and the Spanish La Liga.

Beer: 17 draught, 12 bottles. There’s an emphasis on rare European drafts (Delirium Tremens, Innis & Gunn) and Canadian craft beers (Great Lakes Brewery).

Wings: No wings.

Good to know: Despite its name, the pub is also a popular destination for big UFC matches.

Number of screens: 15

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 3

164 Bathurst St., #QNW 416-368-4625, thefootiefactory.ca.

 

HOOPS (QUEEN ST. LOCATION)

Seemingly out of place among the trendy cafes and fashion boutiques of Trinity-Bellwoods, Hoops’ hipster-approved Queen West location plays home to many of the area’s non-sports fans, who hop on the bandwagon for big games. It also draws an eclectic mix of regulars, the more sports-oriented of whom prop up the bar to watch hockey games and UFC fights.

Beer: 19 draught, 22 bottles. Largely Canadian and U.S. big name brands.

Wings: $10.99/lb

Good to know: Hoops’ walls are packed with Leafs flags and various sports memorabilia, like signed photos of local hockey legend Johnny Bower and Blue Jay hero Devon White. There’s also a picture of the Stanley Cup signed by Peter Mahovlich.

Number of screens: 74

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 2

735 Queen St. W., #QNW 416-862-2400, hoopssportsbarandgrill.com.

 

THE QUEEN AND BEAVER PUBLIC HOUSE

Though lacking the abundance of big screens and in-your-face flare possessed by more traditional sports bars, the Queen and Beaver attracts British ex-pats and fans of the Premier League thanks to its great selection of time-honoured English fare (sausage and mash, kedgeree, and an addictive sticky toffee pudding) and a small but diverse list of craft beers. There’s just one TV—talk about intimate—but owner Jamieson Kerr delivers soccer cred and an authentic Brit experience for the sporting cognoscenti, complete with a collection of vintage photos of amateur teams he played for in England.

Beer: 6 draught; 8 bottles—predominantly Ontario and Quebec craft beers with a few European options available and an ever-changing selection of hand-pulled cask ales.

Wings: No wings.
Good to know: Even the urinals are soccer-themed—the guys can test their aim by trying to hit the tiny ball hanging from the crossbar of the miniature soccer-net model.

Number of screens: 1

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 2

35 Elm St., #DTN 647-347-2712, queenandbeaverpub.ca.

 

TURF LOUNGE

As if any Bay Street hedge-fund manager needed an extra jolt to his or her blood pressure, this chic steakhouse and horse-wagering hotbed is nestled right in the heart of the financial district. It’s the perfect hangout for anyone who longs to chow down on a $44 dry-aged Ontario Angus striploin while dropping a couple of large bills on which pony will win, place or show in the fifth race at Los Alamitos.
Beer: 10 draught, 12 bottles.

Wings: No wings.

Good to know: Turf Lounge is owned and operated by Woodbine Entertainment Group, which means you can place bets with live tellers or by using automated wagering terminals.

Number of screens: 60

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 1

330 Bay St., #DTN 416-367-2111, turflounge.com.

 

WHEAT SHEAF TAVERN

Easily Toronto’s oldest sports bar, the Wheat Sheaf has been pouring pints since 1849. It continues to draw a crowd of long-time local residents and twenty and thirtysomethings from the nearby condos, all of whom congregate at their local to grab wings and watch the Leafs. A great, chilled-out venue to enjoy the game.

Beer: 17 draught, 20–25 bottles. A big emphasis on Smithwicks, Kilkenny and other brews from Britain and Ireland.

Wings: $10.95/lb

Good to know: There was rumoured to be a secret tunnel connecting the Wheat Sheaf to Fort York, so that thirsty soldiers could sneak away for a quick pint.

Number of screens: 10

How loud does it get? (out of 5): 3

667 King St. W., #KGW 416-504-9912.

 

Source: http://www.thegridto.com/city/sports/torontos-20-greatest-sports-bars/

 

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