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60 places to watch the 2014 World Cup in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 11, 2014

watch world cup toronto 2014World Cup soccer in Toronto is going to be huge this summer. The tournament kicks off Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm with hosts Brazil playing Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo. Over the next month, 32 countries will battle it out for the ultimate sporting prize: a chance to hoist the famous green and gold trophy and the all-important right to be insufferable for the next four years.

Even casual soccer fans will find something to like this year. Brazil is just an hour ahead of Toronto, so kick off times are bar and patio friendly--no midnight wake-up calls or 5:00am starts.

If you're wondering what happened to Canada, the team finished third in their North, Central America, and Caribbean qualifying group behind the mighty Honduras and Panama, therefore failing to proceed to the next round. But, don't fret. Who needs Canada when there are so many other great countries to support. Here is our guide to watching the 2014 World Cup in Toronto.

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If partisan crowds aren't your thing, there is a dizzying selection of quality places to catch a game this summer in Toronto. The Queen and Beaver, though listed here as a place for England fans to cheer on their team, is also a good neutral option. Likewise, Cafe Diplomatico on College might be famous for its Italian affiliation, but the bar will be showing all games this tournament and is a good option for fans of European teams throughout the tournament.

As the name implies, the Football Factory at Queen and Bathurst is also a solid bet. The place will be overflowing with clamouring football-sorry, soccer-fans so arrive early and grab a spot on the patio. On Roncesvalles, local stalwart The Dizzy will be packed with delirious fans. Midtown soccer fans will want to hit up Scallywag's, which always sports a rabid fan base (expect English and Brazilian fans).

Also see our list of the best sports bars in Toronto.

PUBLIC VIEWINGS AREAS

The CBC is setting up three viewing lounges at the Eaton Centre: at Trinity Way, at the Urban Eatery, and on the third level near the Queen Street bridge. The areas will be open for all matches that coincide with mall hours. The atrium of the CBC building on Front Street is also playing host to viewing parties throughout the tourney--"three storeys of LED screens."

On Adelaide St. W., Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse is hosting a slew of several World Cup viewing parties. The venue is promising to remain neutral, but there's a good chance it will lean Brazilian as the tournament goes on. Games will be shown on LED TVs on the open-air third floor and there will be drink promotions and other entertainment.

During the third place consolation game and the World Cup final, CIBC, the CBC, and Budweiser are teaming up for a Brazilian-themed festival at Front and John streets. On Saturday, bands Alysha Barilla, Jordan John, and Shad will perform with a Brazilian band. Sunday sees the broadcast of the final and a concert from featuring Maestro. Drink in the Budweiser beer garden, yell in CIBC's "cheer booth," and take part in Adidas giveaways.

In Newmarket, Upper Canada Mall will be showing all of the games that fall within shopping hours on large flat screen TVs surrounded by lounge seating.

Not exactly public, but if you want to watch the game outside in the sun on a huge screen, Cabana Pool Bar will be screening games on a 21ft LED screen. They also plan to host a Brazilian beach party on Saturday, June 21.

TEAMS

England

Italy

Portugal

Brazil

Netherlands

Greece

Switzerland

Germany

Mexico

Australia

Croatia

Cameroon

Spain

Chile

Colombia

Côte d'Ivoire

Japan

Costa Rica

Uruguay

Ecuador

Honduras

France

Argentina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Iran

  • Banu - 777 Queen St. W.

Nigeria

Ghana

USA

Algeria

Belgium

Korea Republic

Russia

TOP NEUTRAL TERRITORY PICKS

What did we miss? Add your favourite country-specific World Cup spot and we'll add it to our list.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Discussion

43 Comments

Duthie / June 11, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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Look at all those non spaniards.
iSkyscraper / June 11, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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Upper Canada Mall is Newmarket, not North York.

But a great list. New York likes to think it is the best city to watch a World Cup in, but it's not. Toronto kicks NYC's butt for this sort of thing. However, give credit to the NY Times for a nice interactive map. Could Blog TO make one of these using the addresses above?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/06/nyregion/where-to-watch-the-world-cup-in-new-york.html

Note to fans - Please try not to climb on top of the streetcars this time. That's seriously dangerous. See the famous NJ Transit case of BJ Miller, who had three limbs blown off from his watch getting too close to the power line:

http://dailyprincetonian.com/news/2001/11/battling-the-beast/
mike in parkdale / June 11, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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I think Hemingway's in Yorkville does the Dutch thing too.
saladays / June 11, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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The Wallace gastro Pub is World Cup friendly for all games.
saladays / June 11, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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www.thewallacegastropub.ca/
LOKEI / June 11, 2014 at 03:07 pm
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GREECE
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BAR-OAK 511 DANFORTH AVE.
GT / June 11, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Don't forget Opera Bob's for England.
Yes / June 11, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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Yes, Yes, Y'all and were only an hour behind Brasil, so we'll get to see all the games without having to pull all nighters!!!
Go Home / June 11, 2014 at 03:23 pm
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Watch 'em at home. There is nothing worse than watching football matches with people who know nothing about football.
sadie replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / June 11, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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Wrong - they're known as an Australian bar. They do the Aussie thing fo sho.
Sam I Am / June 11, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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Clinton's for Korea
Gianna / June 11, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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Terroni will also be showing the games! Forza Italia!
Casa / June 11, 2014 at 08:47 pm
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The Toronto Chilean Cultural Society is hosting the games at Clave Social: 1345 St Clair Avenue West (St. Clair and Landsdowne). We'll have empanadas and pure Chileno corazon.

jason / June 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm
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largest korean show will be at the guvernment
on all 3 days

we welcome Russian, Algerian and Belgian on all three days to come enjoy it with us
guvernment club downtown toronto!
Dobra / June 11, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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AND it's Ukraine for the win!!!!!!!!
James / June 12, 2014 at 03:17 am
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Guys you can watch the 2014 world cup online using this method http://worldcupcollege.com/live/watch-fifa-world-cup-2014-online/
Robert / June 12, 2014 at 03:23 am
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http://www.blogto.com/bars/monarchtavern
alexandra / June 12, 2014 at 09:00 am
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EL RANCHO AT 430 COLLEGE ST. 416 921 2752 WWW.ELRANCHO.CA

EL RANCHO IS THE SOCCER CENTRAL FOR FANS OF: SPAIN, BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, MEXICO, CHILE, COLOMBIA, URUGUAY, COSTA RICA, HONDURAS.

LAST WORLD CUP WHEN SPAIN WON COLLEGE AND BATHURST AND EL RANCHO WAS WHERE ALL THE FANS GATHERED. JUST LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES OF THE TTC STREET CAR- ALL AT COLLEGE AND BATHURST.

SEE YOU AT EL RANCHO
GIANT SCREENS, SUPPER SOUND
"LIKE BEING AT THE STADIUM!!

Sam I Am replying to a comment from alexandra / June 12, 2014 at 09:21 am
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So bascially, alexandra is saying el rancho is the ground zero headquarters for many of the axis of guido teams. hmmmmm.
Cassandra Gentile / June 12, 2014 at 10:16 am
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Don't forget Il Gatto Nero. Perfect for a bugbane with an amazing patio and interior littered with massive tvs and the sweetest fans :).
Cassandra Gentile / June 12, 2014 at 10:18 am
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I meant *any game
Colonel / June 12, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Bar Colonel - 460 College Street will be broadcasting soccer games. Come here for best coctails and great atmosphere!
Mark replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / June 12, 2014 at 10:37 am
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Now now, lets not discourage idiots from getting hurt. If they're going to inconvenience the rest of us we deserve to get some humour from their 'accidents'.
Jeremy / June 12, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Yeah...I'll probably hit a low-key pub to watch England go out early this year. I appreciate the excitement from casual fans but it's not really my cup of tea to watch people who are there to party first, and watch the game second.

Should be an awesome couple of weeks regardless.
Warren / June 12, 2014 at 10:57 am
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The Ballroom at the corner of Richmond and John will have all the games, audio, and incredible drinks and food specials. Tons of prizes to give away including a party for 10 VIP style with open bar and all you can eat for the finals!
sw replying to a comment from Sam I Am / June 12, 2014 at 11:43 am
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What does that comment even mean? Are you insinuating that it wouldn't be fun to watch the games surrounded by Spaniards and Latin/Central/South Americans?

Also, aren't "guidos" Italians? Take your "hmmm"s and shove 'em!
sandman / June 12, 2014 at 11:45 am
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RUM Exchange, 67 Richmond St. W (near Bay)will be showing the games -- perfect for $5 Happy Hour!

GO Crotia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, & Cameroon!!
(As long as it's not Brazil or Italy!)
Bill Brasky / June 12, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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Maybe if Spain wins they can finally tackle that 50% unemployment.
SETonKing / June 12, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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SET is King Street's WORLD CUP Soccer HeadQuarters!!

Watch ALL 64 Games LIVE on our 120" BIG SCREENS

FREE FOOSBALL | NO COVER | CONTESTS & PRIZES

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KJ / June 12, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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I'm going to cyan cafe tonight with a bunch of friends to watch the World Cup, they got many aswosome TV's there with live coverage
KJ / June 12, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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Cyan cafe and hookah shisha lounge is located in Richmond Hill www.cyancafe.com
kiwi / June 12, 2014 at 05:19 pm
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I believe Hemingways are a New Zealand bar actually!

Anyway, Braz.1.L - Esfiha's House on Maitland street is an awesome place to watch the cup. Pretty astonished the blog.to writers missed it - big screens and yum food!
Charmaine / June 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm
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If you're looking for an alcohol-free environment to watch the games, we're also showing them at 1930 Davenport Road at Charmaine's Place.
fuad / June 13, 2014 at 08:59 am
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this site is good.. i am watching world from my laptop now. you can see my twitter :Watch FIFA World Cup
@Footballworldss
Pat / June 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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I remember that sad display in 2010. A complete bunch of non-fans (an insult to Spain, Spanish people and team Spain fanatics) and scenesters, just needing any excuse for a "good time". They could easily do it themselves. Good grief. And the TTC completely allowing that streetcar to be stuck there.
MJ / June 13, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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For World Cup fans around Yonge/Steeles, Song Cooks claims to be showing all games on their screens (https://twitter.com/SongCooks). But I'm sure the Korean team will be favoured.

They also have $4 beers (taxes in, domestic & imports), 1/2price appetizers with Soju purchase, and 3 Beer/wings combo for $19.99 .(https://www.facebook.com/SongCooks/posts/685150178222448)
Anthony / June 13, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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Hellas Fan Club Toronto will be at Trapezzi on The Danforth supporting Greece
Trisha / June 14, 2014 at 04:34 pm
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I think you mean Big Slice pizzeria on St. Clair for the Italy games (the address you gave is for L&T Caffee...which is probably ok to watch the game at too). You could also add Caffe Novecento on St. Clair for Italy as well (it has an awesome outdoor screen on the patio). Vivid has been pretty intense for Brazil games though!
Tuti / June 15, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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For all African countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Cote D'Ivoire AND Cameroon), Harlem Underground http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/
YOUR PICS / June 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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your way off...
Frank B. / June 30, 2014 at 05:59 am
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I just went to El Rancho to watch the Costa Rica game but NO ONE was there! The front door was locked and when I rang the doorbell, no one answered. I had to go watch the game and a neighbouring Mexican restaurant a few doors down. So, who knows if they'll even be open the next game. Anyways... that's my experience so far.
PETER / June 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm
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Going to watch a Bosnian game at a Serbian bar, that serves alcohol? Man you guys are way off.
Ricardo / August 26, 2014 at 07:22 am
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I've been coming to this Hookah Lounge for a few years now. Great spot to just hang out with friends and catch up. Prices are pretty good IMO. The shakes are the bomb and you have to get the large fries.

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