From breweries to taprooms, or rather a quirky pub? Toronto has them all. These are the city's worthiest drinking spots.
Sports Bars in Toronto for the Hoppiest Hour Ever
In a city as rich in professional sports teams as Toronto, it’s no surprise there are a wide array of sports bars where fans can come together to catch a big game, celebrate their favourite team or sulk their broken hearts after a gut wrenching loss.
If you didn't score a seat at Scotiabank Arena or Rogers Centre, raise a glass to the team you root for in front of some big screens with big sound and lots of cheering to ignite a contagious sense of camaraderie with just as much ease.
From neighbourhood favorites to major chains, from small pubs to a cavernous venue that boasts the largest display screen at any sports bar not just in Canada but all of North America, there’s a little something for everyone. Whether you’re rooting for a Toronto team or hoping to find some fellow fans from a franchise back home, there’s likely a sports bar where you’ll feel right at home.
The Loose Moose
Since 1989, The Loose Moose near the Scotiabank Arena has stayed true to its mission to provide a comfy and casual space to unwind and watch the game. The bar may pride itself on having “the most draft taps downtown” but there’s no beer snobbery here, nor is there sport snobbery. With room for 314 people on the roadhouse-style communal tables and mismatching chairs, even lukewarm sports fans will feel at home after a couple of shots. 146 Front Street West.
Pro Tip: Celebrate the big win by visiting The Antler Room, housed under The Loose Moose to dance and watch local bands perform.
More than just a sports bar, RS is a modern and premium culinary and entertainment destination for an elevated food, music and sports experience. RS is located beside Scotiabank Arena and features a 39 ft screen and private dining spaces that attracts guests all hours of the day including lunch, after work and weekends. 15 York Street.
Pro Tip: Check out the Real Sports Apparel store to get your gear for the big game!
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. 36 Wagstaff Drive.
Pro Tip: The brewery offers light snacks on their menu, but they also allow you to bring your own food.
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! 255 Bremner Boulevard.
Pro 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!
The Football Factory
Simply put, The Football Factory is the place to watch football (a.k.a. soccer) in Toronto. TVs at every table and a 7:00 a.m. opening time on weekends ensures fans don’t miss any of the action, anywhere in the world. The menu goes above and beyond pub grub at this devoted bistro and bar. 164 Bathurst Street.
Pro Tip: Munch on Ontario lamb Shepherd’s Pie or chorizo bangers and mash as you cheer on your team.
This latest addition to the sports bar & grill roster has quickly become a lively social hub. Twice voted Canada’s best sports bar thanks to its success on the West Coast, Toronto’s Shark Club carries on the tradition of a premium sports experience. With a massive HD TV in the middle of the bar and 57 smaller ones, every seat in the house has a stellar view of the game. 10 Dundas Street East.
Pro Tip: During the warmer months, try to grab a seat on the third-floor patio overlooking Yonge and Dundas.
The Bottom Line
As you might guess, this sports bar/steakhouse & burger restaurant boasts a meat-heavy menu of “New American” style pub fare. The Bottom Line is at once an upscale version of a sports pub with leather upholstered booths and wine cabinets – and a destination for power lunches and game viewing. Come here if you want to watch in style. 22 Front Street West.
Pro Tip: Try the Bottom Line Wings. They are delicious!
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. 125 Bremner Boulevard.
Pro Tip: If you can’t make it to the downtown core, Hoops is also located in North York and Woodbridge.
The Dock Ellis
One of Dundas West’s premier options for sports bars, The Dock Ellis attracts sports fans who aren’t necessarily fans of most chain sports bars. With a craft-beer-only policy and a South African-inspired menu incorporating provisions from surrounding indie retailers, the game isn’t the only attraction here. Bring your appetite for good food and good beer and take in the action on the unobtrusive screens mounted behind the bar. 1280 Dundas Street West.
Pro Tip: If you need to take a break from the game, you can play some shuffleboard, foosball, pool, pinball and darts.
At once a bowling alley, concert venue and sports bar, The Ballroom is a massive club in the Entertainment District that can accommodate up to 900 people. Those who don’t care to fix their gaze on one of the 60+ TVs can try their hand at ping pong, pool or foosball. 145 John Street.
Pro Tip: This concept space attracts sports fans and party seekers in droves—book your bowling lane well in advance.