Thursday, April 24, 2014Mostly Cloudy 9°C
Eat & Drink

Where to watch the 2012 Euro in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / June 8, 2012

Euro 2012 Toronto SoccerWhere to watch the 2012 Euro Championship in Toronto will depend on your allegiances, but we're spoiled for options when it comes to football-crazed restaurants and pubs in this city. The tournament begins today (June 8th), and you can bet that you'll soon be hearing a ton of soccer-talk and honking car horns. The parades will come later, but you know that they'll come. With most of the games happening during the daytime, you're also likely to see your co-workers taking extended and strategic lunches and calling in "sick."

Along with the various establishments to take in the festivities, once the quarter finals arrive, Carlsberg will be setting up fan zones around the city, where you can check out the games (and presumably drink some beer) under the sun.

Here are some suggestions for where to watch the 2012 Euro in Toronto.

CENTRAL

Duke of Gloucester
This old English style pub is a great place to grab breakfast and a beer for some of the early games. It will also the main hub for English fans. For English or Irish matches you'll need to get there early, but there's plenty of space and a nice patio with televisions if the weather is nice.

Duke of York
Sure to be filled with English fans during their games, the Duke will also be a packed house for most of the tournament. This old Empire-style pub has so-so pub fare, but a great patio to enjoy the games outside, which make the whole experience that much better.

Hemingway's
The somewhat recently adopted home of Australian football fans, once upon a time this Yorkville bar was one of the main gathering spots for Dutch soccer fans — and you can expect to be again for this year's Euro. Expect the second floor patio to be packed during big games.

Queen and Beaver
The Queen and Beaver always seems busy, but the crowd factor will be dialed up even more when the Three Lions are in action. Featuring some of the more authentic English fare around, it'd be tough to think of a better place to settle into a long day of watching Euro Football. Note well: the fish and chips are fantastic.

Pogue Mahones
It's best to get to the Irish spots on this list during the first part of the tournament when the Irish are still in a good mood, if you catch my drift. Although there aren't a lot of televisions, there's a nice-sized patio and decent food.

THE ANNEX

Paupers Pub
A great Annex spot with multiple levels to enjoy your soccer viewing experience. The crowd here is usually quite diverse, so feel free to bring along a flag of any colour to the pub. All matches will be shown here and the bar sports two patio areas (one on the ground floor and another on the roof) that are sure to be very busy on game days.

Hrvati Bar
This Croatian bar is likely to be hopping during Euro 2012 especially if the native team can repeat some of its success from the 1998 World Cup. If not, fans can always drown themselves in Croatian beer. Yes!

LITTLE ITALY

Cafe DiplimaticoCafé Diplomatico
This is like ground zero for Italian fans. With a giant patio and many large screens, it'll be tough to get a seat even in the middle of the day. But, hey, you can always watch from the street! If you're not into the Italian team, head over to watch another country play when the patio's easier to access.

Coco Lezzone
Another Little Italy go-to, expect this place to be bustling throughout the tournament with people watching games on its large plasma screen televisions and the oversized projector screen. A good option for those who like to pair their football with something other than beer.

Carlo's Snack Bar
You can count on this place being packed with Portuguese soccer fans during the tournament. Not being particularly big, watch for the room to erupt when the home country scores.

The Mod Club
The Mod Club actually makes for a good place to watch soccer thanks to its spaciousness, the fact that all games are broadcast, and the big screens they haul in for the Euro.

CORSO ITALIA

Rio 40
Normally home to Brazil fans during the World Cup, but you can also expect a large Portuguese contingent for the Euro. Although it's a small place, the "soccer centric" atmosphere that unfolds during major tournaments can't be beat.

Vivid Pizzeria
Another key gathering area for Italian soccer fans, this place will be packed with passionate people in the coming days. Decent beer and wine lists give you lots of drink options, and the pizzas are great for sharing with friends while you watch the matches.

LITTLE PORTUGAL

Euro Sports Bar and Café
This unassuming bar is aptly named, and the home of Portuguese fans during international soccer tournaments. It isn't anything to write home about in terms of its menu or drink selection, but it does host some of the most passionate fans in the city.

KENSINGTON MARKET

Bellevue
Though Kensington Market isn't well known for it's sports bars, there are a few worth checking out during the Euro. The Bellevue will be televising the tournament on large screens inside the bistro as well as outside on their spacious patio. If the weather cooperates, this'll be the best spot to catch a game in the market.

LIBERTY VILLAGE

School
Always a good spot to take in the international tournaments, this café/pub will be showing all the games throughout the Euro, so you don't have to be a Dutch fan (though it likely helps) to enjoy the Eggs Benny on a Cheddar Chive Biscuit while watching a match.

The Brazen Head
A regular haunt for TFC fans before, during and after matches at BMO Field, watch for a large Danish contingent during this year's Euro. But if you're not into Denmark, there is no need to avoid the Brazenhead. This place will be chock-full of football fans throughout the tournament.

RONCESVALLES

The Dizzy
Normally a hot spot on weekend mornings for English Premier league games, you can expect Polish fans to join the English types for the Euro. Expect this to be a busy spot with lots of knowledgeable fans.

Zagloba
This should be another gather point of for Polish fans. And regardless of whether Poland is able to win a game or two, there will still be lots of Polish beer to go around — always a good thing.

QUEEN WEST / WEST QUEEN WEST / PARKDALE
Football Factory torontoFootball Factory
If you're looking for a good pub without a biased set of fans, check out the Football Factory. This place is always packed during big games and the crowd is usually quite diverse, though some may argue there's a bit of an English bent. It's wonderful to watch a match with a well-informed crowd. Folks here understand offsides, the booking of players and when intelligent strategy is being used. So brush up on your soccer knowledge if you're one of the more uninformed.

Prague Food Emporium
This is likely to be home to many Czech Republic fans during the tourney. Solid food and great Czech beer is worth the visit. Pilsner Urkelll is one of my personal faves.

The Rhino
The Rhino makes this list on account of its great beer list and patio — and excellent combination for watching soccer.

KING WEST

The Wheat Sheaf
Arguably Toronto oldest bar, the Wheat Sheaf will be a destination for fans of all countries. Ample seating and a solid beer selection make this a good spot if you're in the area.

Le Saint Tropez
Probably one of the only places in the city you'll find fans cheering for "Les Bleus." The atmosphere here will be great, particularly if you're French!

FINANCIAL DISTRICT / ACC

Real Sports Bar
A great bar for pretty much any sporting event you want to attend. There are televisions everywhere and the big screens behind the bar bring the experience of watching the game remotely to a whole new level.

CORKTOWN

Betty's
This has been a big gathering spot for Dutch fans for the last few major tournaments and was the scene of pure heartbreak during the Dutch loss in the World Cup final. Expect this joint to be bleeding Orange once again during the Euro tournament.

THE DANFORTH

The Fox and the Fiddle
This humble pub becomes the main centre of Greek football fandom every international tournament. Expect big crowds and lots of Greek chants as long as they're in the tournament.

LESLIEVILLE
Ceili CottageCeili Cottage
Not your typical place to watch a game, but they do have a number of HD televisions to placate the Irish crowd. And Irish it will be, until they're out of the tourney.

ETOBICOKE

The Musket
Chow down on schnitzel, pork chops and steak while you watch Germany in action. While other nations are more than welcome to fly their flags here during the tournament, the Deutsch are set to take over during the Euro.

SCARBOROUGH

The Blue Danube
As the name suggests, this is another hot spot for German supporters. This restaurant is as authentic as it gets, so your best option is the Schnitzel.

The Feathers
This is a great English pub with to die for fish and chips. There are plenty of good beers on tap, including MacAuslan Cream Ale (one of my all time faves). There is also an extensive Whisky list if you feel like getting silly during all the festivities.

MIDTOWN

Main Event
As the main hangout of Manchester United fans, you're bound to see a very pro-English crowd here. The bar sports over 28 screens so you won't miss any of the action as you enjoy your pub grub and beers.

Scallywags
Usually a haunt for fans of Premier league teams like Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, this Yonge and St. Clair pub will attract its fair share of English fans, but it'll also be a hub for games throughout the tournament. There are three floors and plenty of TVs, and the energy for soccer is like nothing else.

WOODBRIDGE

Wegz Stadium Bar
For all those Italian fans outside the city who won't be able to make it downtown for any of the Italian matches, this bar is a great option. It's not a place to go if you're not an Italian fan, but if you are and Italy is winning, you're in for a truly great experience.

Writing by Kris Pedlar

Lead photo of 2010 World Cup celebrations in Toronto by Sam Javanrouh

Discussion

32 Comments

Rich / June 8, 2012 at 03:44 pm
user-pic
And the best place.... at home! Where you don't have to listen to the inane ramblings of the 4-week footie fans!
Mike replying to a comment from Rich / June 8, 2012 at 04:03 pm
user-pic
They're the best, aren't they? They don't have the slightest inkling about the sport, but when it comes time for the Euro or World Cup, all of a sudden they're Ken Jennings on the subject.
Wendy / June 8, 2012 at 04:07 pm
user-pic
Been waiting for this article for weeks now! My only complaint is that I wish you guys had tacked on a map with all the spots pointed out onto this article too. But cheers regardless :)
Robin van persie / June 8, 2012 at 04:09 pm
user-pic
Be careful if you see any Spanish fans around, if you get to close to them they tend to grab their ankle and roll around on the ground.
Moss / June 8, 2012 at 04:15 pm
user-pic
"Did you see that ludicrous display last night?"

Andrew / June 8, 2012 at 04:18 pm
user-pic
Another German option, the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is hosting a party at Marche this Saturday. I went to one of the get togethers they had during the World Cup (when they trounced Argentina 4-0). Good atmosphere, Germany food, German beer and lots of Germans.

http://www.canada.diplo.de/Vertretung/kanada/en/__events/toronto/aktuell/em-ahk-veranstaltung.html?archive=3333910

Graham / June 8, 2012 at 04:46 pm
user-pic
White Lions? Never heard the English team called that one before...
erin / June 8, 2012 at 05:40 pm
user-pic
i'd also recommend hansa haus on the border of sauga/brampton. i haven't been there but it looks legit!
Keating Channel Pub / June 8, 2012 at 05:43 pm
user-pic
Huge patio, great food, large HD screens, 18 beers on tap.

(just south of Corktown, near TnT Supermarket by Cherry Beach)
Sofia / June 8, 2012 at 05:45 pm
user-pic
Any recs for Spain supporter bars? Plaza Flamingo is shut down so I can't think of anywhere else?
hop replying to a comment from Graham / June 8, 2012 at 06:56 pm
user-pic
Think they meant Three Lions
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from hop / June 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm
user-pic
Or the White Roses.
Paddy / June 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm
user-pic
All Irish fans should make the drive down to the Brampton Irish Centre!! Sure to be a rowdy crowd of Irish supporters! Bring your flags and your voices!

Here is the address, hope to see you there!

20 Strathern Ave. Unit 5. Brampton, ON. L6T 4P7
Matt / June 9, 2012 at 01:21 am
user-pic
The Dog and Bear at Queen and dovercourt just opened. They have lots of TVs and are playing every game. Sound on, which is important for me.
Jay / June 9, 2012 at 06:49 am
user-pic
Scallywags has expanded their roof top patio. Lots of seating and a great spot for the sunny days.

Also echo Keating Channnel. Hidden gem most people are unaware of. Good place to watch a game.
mike in parkdale / June 9, 2012 at 08:10 am
user-pic
also worth noting:

The Kilt (midtown, typically full of EPL types)
Shoeless Joe's (King and Dufferin, usually full of Toronto FC types).

Margaret Dunsdon / June 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm
user-pic
The Feathers is a fine pub, but it is in THE BEACH. NOT in Scarborough. Important for people trying to find it.

A good article, though,--lets me know places to avoid during the tournament.

Cheers
erchabot / June 9, 2012 at 08:19 pm
user-pic
To second someone else's unanswered question....where are Spanish supporters going to watch the Spain-Italy match tomorrow? The obvious option would have been Plaza Flamingo but it's closed down..
Mikos / June 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm
user-pic
The Brass Taps!! College and Douvercourt in the heart of lil Portugal
Stephen / June 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm
user-pic
FOOTBALL FACTORY FOR SURE!!! Great atmosphere, gret people, private booths private TV's..
Basshat / June 10, 2012 at 05:48 pm
user-pic
Celebration Square in Mississauga is showing the games on their big screen, too. Interesting atmosphere.
slawko / June 11, 2012 at 10:38 am
user-pic
Ukraine Games are on 3 massive projector screens at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall at 145 Evans Ave in Etobicoke...Perogies and Ukrainian Beer too!
Roy replying to a comment from Moss / June 12, 2012 at 02:05 pm
user-pic
"What was Wenger thinking, sending Walcott on that early?"
Moni / June 14, 2012 at 04:12 pm
user-pic
Does anyone know if the Blue Danube is actually going to be showing the games?? I heard they closed down their restaurant and not sure if this is true.
Thank you!
nelson / June 15, 2012 at 09:06 pm
user-pic
so do spanish people really not have a place to unite?? I see a huge opportunity for a bar to open their doors and cater to the spanish community since every other bar caters to every other country but the one who will most likely win this tournament!!
nelson / June 15, 2012 at 09:08 pm
user-pic
oh and to "Robin van persie" I think you have us confused with Italians
Victor / June 16, 2012 at 09:56 pm
user-pic
The spot for Spanish supporters is 280 Bloor St. West. The Fox and The Fiddle. It's packed with Spain supporters! See you there!
Victor replying to a comment from nelson / June 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm
user-pic
Come to The Fox and the Fiddle! 280 Bloor St. West, just around the corner from Sherbourne Station. I was passing a Spain supporter on my way home from El Rancho, which had about 10 or so Spain supporters. He told me that it's full of Spain supporters and to join the Facebook group "Españoles en Toronto" where they setup events to watch the games.

There's pictures up that they took in the Fox and it's FULL of Spain supporters! I know where I'll be going Monday!
Nelson / June 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm
user-pic
Thanks!!! Much appreciated what game is being showed first?
Spain or Italy??
Victor replying to a comment from Nelson / June 17, 2012 at 10:21 am
user-pic
Well both the Italian and Spain games start at 2:45pm tomorrow. But judging from this picture taken at the Fox http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151041690787498&;set=oa.112862742186771&type=1&theater
they will be showing the Spain game :)
Adam / September 4, 2012 at 03:46 am
user-pic
Thanks:) Cool topic, write more often! You manage with it perfctly:D

martial arts supply
a 2086 / March 22, 2014 at 05:50 pm
user-pic
A virtual PBX phone system are call forwarding, phone
system upgrade professionally recorded outgoing greeting, voicemail, fax to email,
fax etc. This is a phone system for your business. The issue subtle with cost and reliability.

Add a Comment

Other Cities: Montreal