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The Best Sports Bars in Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / January 30, 2014

Toronto Sports BarsThe best sports bars in Toronto run the gamut from massive, modern behemoths to old school, cozier neighbourhood spots, and they each offer their own unique experience. While some are loud and full of TV screens (nope, wait a minute, they're all loud and full of TV screens), others up the ante with above average beer selections and pub food with a modern twist.

Here are the best sports bars in Toronto.

See also:

The best pubs in Toronto
The best gastropubs in Toronto

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports Bar

One of North America's best sports bars, Real Sports easily tops the list of Toronto's best. This place isn't so much a sports bar as it is A SPORTS BAR!! It's a sprawling 25,000 square feet of high-fiving and chicken wings directly beside the ACC. There are 114 beer taps, 200 HD televisions (one of which is 39 feet tall) and they claim to broadcast every sport played on the pitch, court or ice. More »

The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis

Something like the polar opposite of Real Sports, The Dock Ellis is a low-key sports bar cheekily named for a pitcher famous for throwing a no-hitter on acid. There are plenty of TVs but you'll also find communal tables, craft beer on tap, foosball and pool tables for those not glued to a game. With cheaper food than most sports bars, this is a welcome respite for those who want to catch a game at a bar but want to avoid the trappings of your typical sports bar. More »

The Loose Moose

The Loose Moose

Not only is The Loose Moose a convenient spot for a beer before a game, it's also a great place to watch a game on TV if you couldn't get a ticket (or can't stomach the beer prices at the ACC or Rogers Centre). They claim to have the largest draught selection in city and they have a decent menu too. It's big, rowdy, and largely full of sports fans and manages to retain some soul and charm amidst other pretenders along the same stretch of Front Street. More »

Wayne Gretzky's

Wayne Gretzky's

With comfortable leather booths, lots of TVs, proximity to the ACC and the Rogers Centre, decent food, and an increasingly respectable draught and wine list, Torontonians that are able to look past the cheesy, touristy stigma of the Great One's bar know that it's still a damn good place to watch a hockey game (or baseball, I guess). More »

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern

For Little Italy locals, there's really no better place to catch a game. It's a classic neighbourhood bar with craft beer on tap, 30 plus bourbons, and good food. There's also pool, pinball, darts, and an atmosphere that's made this a neighbourhood mainstay for decades, whether there's a game on or not. More »

Hurricane's

Hurricane's

A great, rowdy, Bloorcourt neighbourhood joint to watch a game, Hurricane's is a down and dirty roadhouse with relatively cheap food in big portions, a handful of decent beers on tap and, naturally, a whack of TVs. 'Nuff said. More »

The Dizzy

The Dizzy

Roncy's sports bar is perhaps easy to dismiss at first glance as just another sports pub, but there's something about it. Whether it be the attention paid to the food, the friendly staff, or the local clientele, there are plenty of reasons that will make you want to come back time and time again. It certainly doesn't hurt if you're a sports fan given that they have daily televised sports from the NHL, NFL, CFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, BPL, and NCAA. OMG. More »

The Football Factory

The Football Factory

Spoiler alert. There will probably be soccer on when you show up at The Football Factory. Indeed, fans of the beautiful game have few better places to catch an English Premier League or Toronto FC game given that this bar boasts TVs at every table and opens at 7am on the weekends so you won't miss any of the overseas action. Expect decent food, a dozen good beers on tap, and a sea of red before and after every game at BMO field. More »

The Dog & Bear

The Dog & Bear

This West Queen West neighbourhood sports bar has big booths, exposed brick walls, nine televisions (one of which is a 70 inch projection screen) and is simply a big cavernous space in which to watch sports and eat pub food. Odd trivia. Two of the co-owners are the guy who played Snake on Degrassi and Kenny from Kenny vs. Spenny, so they have that going for them, which is nice. More »

Rally Sports Bar

Rally Sports Bar

This East York sports bar is 7000 square feet and features 40 HD TVs. They serve slow cooked barbecue and a fairly unremarkable list of the usual suspects of draft beer. They claim to show every major sporting event every day of the year from NFL, UEFA, NHL, NBA, MLB, UFC, and boxing but are more than willing to flip the channel to a What Not to Wear Marathon. No, really. Just ask them. More »

The Ballroom

The Ballroom

With two floors, 52 TVs and an upscale menu featuring items like flatbreads, sirloin steak, and even mac and cheese, The Ballroom is more than just a bowling alley. There's also ping pong, pool, bubble hockey, foosball, and, every Thursday throughout the NFL seasons, Bud Light Cheerleaders. Warning! Once you eat a burger in the presence of beer-affiliated fake cheerleaders you'll never be able to eat a burger any other way. More »

Shoxs

Shoxs

With 17 TVs, three pool tables, 15 beers on tap, NFL and NHL pools and drafts, a long bar and tons of booths, there's plenty to do here to keep your mind off of how truly difficult it is to come up with 12 different ways to describe sports bars. More »

Discussion

27 Comments

Matt / January 30, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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#12: I lol'd.
Cory / January 30, 2014 at 03:07 pm
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The ballroom...the only sports bar where you get served by a dude and the place smells like farts.
Dan / January 30, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Glad to see the dizzy on here. A hidden gem.
Junction replying to a comment from Matt / January 30, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Hahahahha I know exactly what you're talking about. I love the manager there he's a really nice guy, but the place has some really odd ball regulars.
Loler replying to a comment from Junction / January 30, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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I think he probably "lol'd" at the description for Shoxs, not its inclusion here.
Mrmonarchy / January 30, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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Great choices me thinks. The Monarch Tavern hasn't had Hogtown Smoke in the kitchen for a year and the food is even better if not as meaty!
CraftBeerGirl / January 30, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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The Monarch has the best vibe... I am not a huge football fan but never miss a Superbowl there: loud, fun, tons of craft beer taps and any bourbon you can imagine...
4ChanApologist / January 30, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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Used to love the Loose Moose until I saw a cockroach chilling out on the wall in the bathroom :(

It's too bad, too. They had a good beer selection and tasty nachos.
fd / January 30, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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Hey, I can't believe there are no good sports bars in the east end. Toronto is not only the west end!
DH replying to a comment from fd / January 30, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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#10 Rally Sports Bar is in the East End on O'Connor Drive near Vic Park & Eglington. Great food and best place to catch a game or two.
Jeremy replying to a comment from fd / January 30, 2014 at 04:53 pm
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I live in the East End - there's nothing that should be on a Sports Bars list except for Rally. And what d'ya know....
? replying to a comment from fd / January 30, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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recommendations welcome
Kapernick / January 30, 2014 at 05:46 pm
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Real sports bar is just amazing! It might be pricey but they got the best wings in the city. The only turn off is that most of the time you need a reservation, If you don't be prepared to wait at least 30min.
I know this isn't toronto but Wegz stadium bar in vaughn is my 2nd favourite behind real sports.
Kapernick / January 30, 2014 at 05:55 pm
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I Forgot to mention Sports Center Cafe on st. clair/yonge. This place deserves a high spot on this list. Great atmosphere, nice looking setup plus lots of hot woman (servers and customers)
RoLLie / January 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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Shoxs lol and i must agree wegs is not technically in Toronto, but worthy of the list because it is GOD
jibbly / January 31, 2014 at 01:04 am
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Anyone have a recommendation for a good sports bar around Leslieville or Riverdale? Looking for a reliable place to watch olympic curling.
Jmons / January 31, 2014 at 01:57 am
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Went to Shakey's for hockey just after Christmas...amazing!
Jmons / January 31, 2014 at 01:58 am
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Also, Shox? Really??
Brady / January 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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Hoops sucks! Below average food at above average price. The only thing they got going for them are the drink specials they have once in awhile. The staff at the bremner location are really cool thou.
ShoxsFan / January 31, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Shoxs is good stuff. Good food, great owner.
Jeremy replying to a comment from jibbly / January 31, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Your best bet might be Prohibition - I've watched some football, soccer and baseball there and they have quite a few TVs. Be advised though, there's music and dancing at night some nights and given the time difference in Sochi, Curling might fall into their dancing hours.

Added bonus - pretty damn good happy hour deals.
Gino / February 1, 2014 at 06:50 pm
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Boots & Bourbon shows all sports
Jonny Nadler / February 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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How could you leave GameDay on College off the list! I lost confidence in this polls
Krantzstone / February 22, 2014 at 09:58 pm
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Wonder if any of them serve gluten-free beer.
ev / February 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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gameday on college got hosed... easily shouldve cracked the list. the guy who runs the place is a beauty
The Puck / June 3, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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A very cool and cozy place located in Annex- downtown Toronto
with good beer and wing selections at very affordable cost!
362 Bloor st. W.
Cal / June 7, 2014 at 11:02 am
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The Football Factory is a joke. As an Englishman, I popped in there one Saturday morning to try to catch a Premier League game, every table was 'reserved' (I gather these people do this every week) and the bar was filled with the most clueless "SOCCER" fans I've ever come across. It's clear these people pretend to like football for some sort of cool image thing. Who the hell cheers for a throw-in!?

Scallywags is ok though (when there's more of an English crowd in) - should be on this list.

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