Where to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto
The Super Bowl, that ever-holy Sunday tradition, is upon us again, and it's being held in the home of bon temps--New Orleans--for a tenth time. It should be a good one, too, with AFC champions Baltimore Ravens going up against NFC champions San Francisco 49ers.
In Super Bowl firsts, both teams have previously participated in, but not yet, lost a Super Bowl game, (with the San Francisco 49ers having won 5, and the Ravens having previously won 1) and for a tinge of familial drama, the opposing team's head coaches are brothers. In short, it should be a truly epic showdown. Unless you find yourself with a golden (plane) ticket down South, you'll need to find a cozy spot in which to settle down with some pints, some wings, and an unfettered view of a flatscreen this Sunday afternoon.
Here are 6 bars that'll be celebrating the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Sound Academy (11 Polson St.)
Sound Academy plays host to Toronto's official Super Bowl XLVII party, brought to you by the twin pillars of football--Bud Light and the NFL. After doors open at 4:30 p.m., those 19 and over will get to experience the game in HD on multiple screens, meet NFL cheerleaders and players, and indulge in a New Orleans-inspired tailgate spread--so bring your forgiving-waistbanded sweatpants. Tickets are $20 and available through TicketMaster.
Dazzling (291 King Street West)
Dazzling Restaurant gets taken over by the Broalition for Super Bowl Sunday at 5 p.m., with the game being shown on big screens throughout the space, $5 beer, and a "wings and pitchers" deal. A tailgate party will follow with DJs spinning dance tunes, and although admission is free, those with booth or bottle service reservations get priority seating.
House of Lancaster (
689 The Queensway)
House of Lancaster graciously meets your Super Bowl and stripper needs in one with their StripperBowl. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and you can enjoy the game on 2 big screens and over 20 HD TVs, then mingle with the Lancaster girls, have some snacks and drinks, and take your chances at prize giveaways.
(117 John Street)
The Office Pub launches its tailgate party at 4 p.m., with a specialized menu and 2 for 1 wings, as well as other drink and food specials. All of the pub's TV screens will be showing the game (what else is there, really?), and there'll be an after party from 10 p.m. for those who intend to make this SuperBowl a two-day holiday. A relatively paltry $5 cover charge gets you into the festivities.
Studio Lounge (4901A Yonge St 2nd Floor)
Almost as unique as House of Lancaster's celebrations would be watching the Super Bowl in a karaoke room--and Studio Lounge anticipated this. All rooms are free of charge, and they have two large LED TVs in their rooms which will screen the game, as well as their studio platter--a spread suited for big Super Bowl appetites that includes chicken wings, nachos, and coconut shrimps. The show begins at kick-off (6:30 p.m.).
99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury St)
For those unwilling to part with their Sunday night limo and bottle service, 99 Sudbury is showing the Super Bowl on their big screens in an event sponsored by Captain Morgan--the all-day tailgate party starts at 12 p.m. and runs until midnight, and there'll be food trucks on-site to satisfy your hunger. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door, and you'll have a chance at winning Raptors tickets or flatscreen TVs (on which to no doubt watch next year's game).
In addition to the above, your friendly neighbourhood sports bar is sure to be screening the big game (including spots like The Wheat Sheaf). For some prime spots, check out our list of Toronto's best sports bars.
If you're looking for something outside the bar scene, check out the Bloor Cinema's (506 Bloor Street West) broadcast of the game with beer, snacks from Gourmet Gringos, and of course, the game itself on the big screen. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free.