Here’s where you’ll catch Destination Toronto staff watching the game.
Toronto is a great sports city with passionate fans to match. Whether you're getting back into sports in-person and looking for a pre-game hangout, or couldn't nab tickets to the game, these sports bars are the top picks among Destination Toronto staff.
Previously known as Real Sports, RS boasts 25,000 sq ft dedicated to the love of all things sports. You’ll find the game you’re looking for on one of RS’s 199 TVs, including Toronto’s largest screen. This mega sports venue is also located right next to the Scotiabank Arena, home to both the Maple Leafs and Raptors, so it’s the place to be on game day.
Lindsay’s Tip: “Recently renovated, RS has amazing TVs. It’s just next door to Scotiabank Arena, and it’s always packed with sports fans, so definitely get there early to get seats.”
The Dock Ellis
If you’re looking for a spot to catch the Jays game, look no further than The Dock Ellis. Retro memorabilia lines the walls to provide distraction during commercial breaks and a rotating menu of local craft beers keeps the fun flowing. Add in a burger and some wings, and you’ll be ready for a home run!
Dan’s Tip: “Your check comes with a baseball card, so you can build your collection the more times you go. And when the bar is named after the late eccentric Pirates pitcher, you know you're in for a good time!”
Located in the Financial District, King Taps is a favourite for post-work happy hours, daily drink specials and especially lively sound-on game days. Come for the game and stay for the handmade pizza, rotating beers on tap and cool crowd at this two-floor sports hub.
Libby’s Tip: “There are tons of TVs on both the upstairs rooftop patio and downstairs patio. Plus there is amazing food, with lots of game day deals and specials.”
Queen and Beaver
Soccer fans gather just off Yonge-Dundas Square at the Queen and Beaver on game days. Priding themselves on being a good, proper neighbourhood pub, you’ll feel right at home cheering on your favourite English Premier League teams or catching the game to support Toronto’s epic sports scene.
Sarah’s Tip: “Hands down the best especially for football. Get there early. Best fish and chips in the city. Watching football at Q&B is like sitting in your coziest living room cheering on a team with all your best friends.”
Looking for a spot to both play and watch the big game? The Ballroom is a fan-favourite entertainment complex offering 10-pin bowling, ping-pong, foosball and video games to keep you entertained, even if your favourite team isn’t playing. But don’t worry, you won’t miss any of the action even if you are occupied with scoring a strike—the 55 TVs and mega-projectors throughout the venue are always playing the latest game.
Johanna’s Tip: “Be sure to stick around after the game on Friday and Saturday nights for live music featuring The Dueling Pianos. They are also currently serving up the same eats as their popular sister patio, Rendeviewz.”
The Rec Room
The Rec Room has got it all! This 40,000 square foot eats & entertainment destination has tons of arcade games for guests to enjoy, along with an awesome virtual reality experience with real-time effects and gear. Located across from the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Rogers Centre, it’s a great place to meet up with friends and watch the big game on over 80 big screens!
Insider Tip: “If you plan on playing games before or after the game, make sure you get a TAG bracelet and load it up with credits at one of the kiosks. Redeem your points with fun prizes!"
Hoops Sports Bar & Grill
The downtown location of this Ontario-based chain is located right across the street from Rogers Centre making it a popular pre-game destination for baseball fans. While Hoops Sports Bar & Grill is a family friendly dinner option, fans who come to see pay-per-view events on the 126-inch screen sometimes get rowdy as the night progresses.
Insider Tip: “If you can’t make it to the downtown core, Hoops is also located in North York and Woodbridge.:
Left Field Brewery
Root for the Toronto Blue Jays at Left Field Brewery! This baseball themed brewery is perfect for drinking craft beer and catching games on the big screen. You can even bring your four-legged friend with you as the dog-friendly brewery hits a grand slam for fans of the game, good company and great beer.
Insider Tip: “The brewery offers light snacks on their menu, but they also allow you to bring your own food."