Top 10 Toronto Sports Bars For the Win!

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Can’t make it to Air Canada Centre or Rogers Centre to watch your favourite team in action? Head to one of Toronto’s liveliest sports bars. Big screens, big sound and cheering fans ignite the sense of camaraderie that sport is loved for.

Real Sports Bar & Grill

Between the 199 HD TVs (including one measuring 39 feet!), 126 draft taps and rowdy crowd of fans, Real Sports offers an epic sports experience. Voted the #1 sports bar in North America by ESPN, the Toronto outpost beside the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) plays every sport on the pitch, court or rink and fills up with expressive fans who aren’t too shy to shout. (15 York Street / 416-815-7325.)

The Loose Moose

Since 1989, The Loose Moose near the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) 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 / 416-977-8840.)

Wayne Gretzky's

Wayne Gretzky’s

Wayne Gretzky's Toronto is home to Wayne Gretzky’s personal collection of memorabilia, a gift shop in which you can acquire your own, 37 HD TVs, and different specials every night of the week. Located at King and John, this is a convenient spot to grab a bite before the game, theatre or club. Those who aren’t glued to the game can hang out on the busy Vegas-esque oasis rooftop patio. (99 Blue Jays Way / 416-348-0099.)

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 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/bar – munch on Ontario lamb Shepherd’s Pie or chorizo bangers and mash as you cheer on your team. (164 Bathurst Street / 416-368-4625.)

Rally Sports Bar & Smokehouse

One of the east end’s best-loved sports bars, Rally Sports Bar is a 7,000-square-foot venue is equipped with over 40 big screen TVs to take in the sport of your choice. Pair the game with some wood-fired, slow-cooked southern BBQ from pulled pork poutine to blackened salmon. Here, a passion for sports is matched by a passion for food. (1660 O’Connor Drive / 416-551-7356.)

Meating at 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 – you won’t find any hockey jerseys adorning the walls here, but 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 / 416-362-7585.)

Shark Club

This latest addition to the sports bar & grill roster has quickly become a lively social hub thanks to its third-floor patio overlooking Yonge and Dundas. 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 / 647-694-0265.)

Hoops Sports Bar & Grill

The downtown location of this Ontario-based chain is located right across the street from Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), making it a popular pre-game destination for baseball fans. While Hoops 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 / 647-343-0783.)

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 / 416-792-8472.)

The Ballroom

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, foosball or hit the Xbox corner. This concept space attracts sports fans and party seekers in droves – book your lane well in advance. (145 John Street / 416-597-2695.)