Where to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto 2014
The Super Bowl kicks off at 6:25pm our time on Sunday, February 2nd and Toronto sports bars and restaurants are embracing American tailgating traditions full on this year. Football fans can fete the big game surrounded by big screens, pig roasts, buffets, beer specials and even strippers.
For those with their own HD at home, there are excellent catering packages available for pre-order and pick-up too. Ribs, wings, pizzas, chili, sliders - bring the whole gang home to help cheer along your favourite team.
Here's a roundup of screening parties and take-home party packages for Super Bowl XLVIII in Toronto.
WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME
The Dock Ellis (1280 Dundas Street West)
The Dock Ellis is doing a special menu featuring hoagies and loads of wings and nachos. Tall cans of old style pilsner will be on for $5. No cover, no reservations.
Boots 'N' Bourbon (725 Queen East)
Toronto's newest country bar hosts a Country Tailgate Party featuring a $40 buffet of wings, deep fried turkeys, cheesesteaks, pork rinds, pepperette corn dogs and more. Plus there will be party favours from Coors girls and Jeam Beam Red Stag girls.
Rock Lobster (110 Ossington Avenue)
The original location plays host to a Super Bowl Bash (with sound on) featuring $25 live lobster dinners and $5 tall cans. The Queen West outpost is also doing full sound on and featuring $5 tall cans and $5 chowder specials. Lots of prizes planned for both locations.
The Loose Moose (146 Front Street)
Stocked with an awesome selection of draught beers, this bar is offering a pre-game lineup from noon to 4pm featuring $20 tailgate platters and $4.75 Buds and $3 caesars all day.
Real Sports (15 York Street)
The bar that boasts 199 HD TVs is already fully booked though bar stools are available to walk-ins on a first come basis.
William's Landing (120 Lynn Williams Street)
Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with a Pig Skin Pig Roast buffet at half time. Advance tickets are available through the restaurant. Cover is $30 starting at 4:30pm.
Switch Toronto (55 Colborne Street)
This swanky lounge starts its Tailgate Party at 3pm. Tickets are $30 for guys or $20 for ladies and the game day line-up includes HD projectors, an AYCE buffet, pitcher specials, games, raffles and giveaways. Ballers can book a booth with bottle service from $550 and up.
Hogtown Pub & Oysters (633 College Street)
The cozy Little Italy pub is doling tailgate snacks and Super Bowl trivia hosted by Christine Thibodeau.
The Office Pub (117 John Street)
The Entertainment District pub is equipped with 25 HD screens and full sound. The party kicks off at 4:30pm. Cover charge is $35 and includes 3 domestic drink tickets and an all you can eat buffet.
Wheat Sheaf (667 King Street West)
Always a solid game day destination with 15 or so big screens and half price wings featured.
Queen & Beaver Public House (35 Elm Street)
The pub is showing the game upstairs and doing a suckling pig roast with crackling and all the trimmings priced at $36. Walk-ins are okay!
Cherry Street Restaurant (275 Cherry Street)
The Port Lands joint is showing the game and offering two beers and a choice of wings, pulled pork on a bun or chili for $25 from 5pm.
TAKE-HOME SUPER BOWL SNACKS
Lisa Marie (638 Queen West)
Let this street food and snack specialist cater your house party with their Super Bowl Sunday Food Playbook featuring large-format packages to go. Pick from three packages that'll feed 8 to 15+ featuring things like wings, pulled pork chili, racks of ribs and the bacon weave-wrapped "bacon explosion". The cut-off to order via email is Friday night.
Barque Smokehouse (299 Roncesvalles Avenue)
The smokehouse released a special takeout menu just for the big game. Order a la carte or pickup the $120 party menu for four featuring chili, wings, ribs and sweet and salty snacks.
Duff's (558 College Street)
This wings shop doesn't do dine-in on game day so they can focus entirely on take-out orders per annual tradition. Same day orders are probably okay but since pick-up times are scheduled in 15 minute intervals it's best to order in advance if you want them at a peak time.
Hogtown Smoke (1959 Queen Street East)
Order the new Holy Hog party platter, a 10-12 person feast of smoked meats. Only 4 orders per hour are on offer for pick up between 11am to 10pm and must be pre-ordered via email. Each purchase comes with a chance to win four TFC tickets.
Enzo's Pizza Bar (646 Queen Street West)
Can't decided between burgers or pizza? Enzo's is doing a tribute to the American game with $20 Americano pizzas on special.
The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Avenue West)
The game plan at Stockyards is to take pre-orders for smoked ribs and chicken until Friday night. Orders will be ready for pick-up between 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Sunday. Everything is regular price.
It's All GRK (756 Queen West)
Build your own customizable big game feast that'll feed 5, 10 or 15 sports fans. Orders can be placed by phone and must be in by 6pm on Saturday. Delivery will be available all day.
Humble Beginnings (3109 Dundas Street West)
Order chili and wings for any sized group from this spot in The Junction. The last pick-up of the day is 6pm so orders will be accepted up until 4:30pm the day off.
The delivery service is accepting advanced orders on large-format (will feed six or more) packages from Electric Mud, Grand Electric, Brock Sandwich and Lou Dawgs. Oh, and they're licensed to deliver alcohol so combos include a 12-pack of beer delivered to your door.
Where did I miss? Add more Super Bowl spots to the comments below.