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The top 10 places to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / July 10, 2014

World Cup final TorontoWhere to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto is an easier question to answer than at the outset of the tournament when it seemed that every bar in Toronto was showing the games in some capacity. Now the idea is to find your way to those places that best represent Germany and Argentina or to spots that will have a particularly good vibe for the big game. The following spots are selected for their affiliation to one team or the other and/or for the degree to which they'll prove a fan-friendly environment for the biggest game of the year. May your favourite team win.

Here are the top 10 spots to watch the World Cup Final in Toronto.

The Musket - Central headquarters for German fans this World Cup.

Das Gasthaus - There's no patio, but the scene indoors is positively rambunctious.

WVRST - Cheer on Germany in a sausage hall with plenty of communal tables.

Blue Danube - Where east end fans gather to cheer on die Nationalmannschaft.

Sky Ranch - Ground zero for Argentina supports (better camp out overnight to get in).

Valdez - appointed "Latino HQ" for the World Cup, go here if you don't head up to Sky Ranch.

El Rancho - El Rancho will serve as a rowdy overflow spot for Argentinian fans.

The Bristol - Indulge in the World Cup of pies while you watch the action go down this Sunday.

Cabana Pool Bar - Come for the huge screen, stay for the World Cup-themed bathing suits.

CBC viewing stations - Communal big screen viewing that's free and full of rabid fans.

Where do you plan to watch the World Cup Final? Let us know in the comments.

Photo by Jesse Milns

Discussion

30 Comments

Alex / July 10, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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Last week, El Rancho was not open in the afternoon for the Costa Rica vs. Netherlands game (even though it was advertised on BlogTO as being home base for CR fans)...
Chad / July 10, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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Um. This post would have been a little more relevant before it started instead once one game is left...
JC replying to a comment from Chad / July 10, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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World Cup *Final* means the *last* game, hence the list of German- and Argentine-themed places.
fifaguy / July 10, 2014 at 04:25 pm
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3 cinemas are also showing it free. Bloor, Carlton, and Fox

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/toronto-fifa-games-cinema-screen-carlton-cinema-bloor-cinema-fox-cinema-1504205/
jd83 / July 10, 2014 at 04:39 pm
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If Germany wins, where do fans usually end up to celebrate?
Trevor replying to a comment from fifaguy / July 10, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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Got my tix for the Bloor screening!
hpo replying to a comment from jd83 / July 10, 2014 at 04:55 pm
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The German Consulate here in Toronto is hosting a viewing party at The Antler Room in the Loose Moose. http://www.kanada.diplo.de/Vertretung/kanada/en/__events/toronto/wm-us-germany.html
CBC / July 10, 2014 at 05:06 pm
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Or you can come down to the FREE 2-day street party at the CBC Building for CIBC Soccer Nation. Saturday, July 12 - Free concerts featuring Alysha Brilla and Shad and the consolation finals game on 3 big screens. Sunday, July 12 - Free concerts featuring Jordan John and Maestro, final match on the 3 big screens. CIBC Cheer booth, swag, soccer celebrities, adidas adi-zone and swag, CBC Toronto talent, Budweiser King Club Beer Garden and more! ALL FREE. 11am-7pm both days!
CBC replying to a comment from CBC / July 10, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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For more details please go to: www.cbc.ca/soccernation
sdeni / July 10, 2014 at 05:30 pm
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Main question is which place has the largest/best TV setup?
Basshat / July 10, 2014 at 05:50 pm
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Too bad CBC is forcing all the other GTA outdoor viewing areas (e.g. Celebration Square in Mississauga) to shut down for the championship game in order to maximize the numbers at their sponsored event. That's not going to bring more people downtown; it's just going to send them home to watch instead of celebrating in a large scale atmosphere that is more family-friendly than many bars.
Aaron Schwartz / July 10, 2014 at 07:00 pm
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This is all media hype BS. These may be the places that tv reporters go to report on World Cup fans, but that's probably because they found a cooperative (and therefore possibly struggling) owner, some good on-street parking and probably some bad leads from friends and room-mates. They are NOT the places to go, unless you want a camera shoved in your face and a wooly microphone thrust under your chin and to be asked "how do you feel" or some such fast-breaking news question. C'mon. Really.
Rick / July 10, 2014 at 07:12 pm
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Watching the game at The Office Pub. They have a special World Cup menu and drawing a 50" tv as a grand prize after the game.
CW replying to a comment from Chad / July 10, 2014 at 09:22 pm
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> Um. This post would have been a little more relevant before it started instead once one game is left...

I believe there are two games left. Unless the Netherlands and Brazil decided not to play on Saturday.
this article must have been written by someone who doesn't watch football / July 10, 2014 at 09:50 pm
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What self respecting soccer fan would watch the WC final at cabana? C'mon bro
Tanya / July 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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CABANA POOL BAR? Are you insane?
Aubrey replying to a comment from Chad / July 11, 2014 at 12:45 am
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Looks like you haven't had your eyes on the ball, Chad. http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2014/06/60_places_to_watch_the_2014_world_cup_in_toronto/
cris replying to a comment from jd83 / July 11, 2014 at 09:39 am
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You must go to the musket. 40 advance road. south of bloor on kipling. If germany wins that street will be jam packed
Jessica / July 11, 2014 at 11:26 am
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Cabana Pool Bar has a MASSIVE 21 foot wide outdoor TV, along with couches, hooka, delicious food, and an amazing view of downtown Toronto. It is the BEST place to watch the game.

SV / July 11, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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Blue Danube is no longer a bar - it's a banquet hall. You have to book a large party in advance to get in. We tried based on the last article posted on BlogTO about where to watch games...we were turned away at the door, German apparel et al.
DB / July 11, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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Unfortunately Cabana Pool Bar is another dive run by INK. Went there to watch the Semi Final between Netherlands and Argentina (SECOND LAST GAME OF THE WORLD CUP) and were asked to leave, they said they were CLOSED! How does a place that is closed for Semi Finals make this list? Saw a game earlier in the Cup and they had techno bumping the whole time. This place pretends to be classy, but you can paint everything clean and white all you like but it doesn't change the crowd or the poor management.
DiegoSuah / July 11, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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We have been covering the World Cup fandom in Toronto on our Facebook page since it started (https://www.facebook.com/min90TO). Here is my advice on where to watch:

WVRST
Great atmosphere for German supporters, great food and the beer selection is awesome, its also centrally located.
Cons: Only one Big Screen (Projector) it is sometimes hard to appreciate the match

TRICOLORE & OTHER BARS ON CORSO ITALIA
This are the Headquarters of Argentinian supporters in Toronto (Not really Sky Ranch), there are a few great spots to watch around the area, if you don't make inside Tricolore. The victory celebrations are in the corner of St Clair & Via Italia. (Checkout the videos we posted from Wed's semifinal)

REAL SPORTS BAR
We have been going to Real Sports for a lot of the games this World Cup, and I don't get why it doesn't make any of the lists of the top places to watch the games: It is by far the best watching experience I've had in any bar in Toronto, the atmosphere is great (for most of the matches) and it usually packed with fans of both teams.
HOWEVER, my only disappointment with this place is that on Tuesday's semi BRAvsGER they had a private event booked on the main areas of the bar and they didn't even had 30% of these areas filled up and these people in suits weren't even paying attention to the game - what a waste of the best sports viewing real state in the city. It was also disappointing because you had fans lined up outside to actually watch the game and cheer on their teams, and they had to try to jammed them in the front. So if you want to go to Real Sports, call ahead and find out if they're going to have private events booked.

THE LOOSE MOOSE
We haven't been here yet, but a few friends were there the day of the Semis and told us the atmosphere was great. Will be a good choice

EL RANCHO: I don't recommend this place - for the South American World Cup qualifiers is ok because its among the few places that broadcast those games, but for the World Cup there are a ton of better choices out there. If you're around College go to RYZE (in front of El Rancho) or Little Italy.

THE MUSKET: Haven't been cause it's a bit far for us, but heard great things of the atmosphere in this place. If you're gonna be in the West End its probably THE place.

VALDEZ? Again, don't bother - It was good for Colombia games but that's it, in my opinion. If you're gonna be in that area, try WVRST which is right in front of Valdez or Football Factory which is always great!

CABANA: Haven't been there so can't comment. But just seems a very odd choice.

DAS GASTHAUS - Haven't been but looks great atmosphere, besides tons of german fans around the Danforth.

SKY RANCH - Not really the HQ of Argentinians, it is OK but not the place were all the real Argentinian die-hards will be. TRICOLORE is the place as mentioned above.

Other great neutral places: SCALLYWAGS, FOOTBALL FACTORY, PIPERS PUB & GRILL, DOG & BEAR.

Follow us @Min90TO we will be uploading pics of how Toronto lives the final of the World Cup!
Rob / July 11, 2014 at 05:30 pm
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As an added benefit to the Musket, you can stock up on baked goods next door at Dimpflmeier. One of the few things I regret about living in the east end.
emma / July 12, 2014 at 05:38 pm
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Anyone knows an open place (Like celebration square in Sauga) but in toronto ? im sick of sports bars!
Breno / July 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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Despite the fact of using a picture of Fran's Restaurant (Yonge and Front) to illustrate the story, it didn't make into the final list. Great place to watch the game, as they have a huge screen on the outside patio and plenty other tvs around the 2 bars, as shown on the photo.
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