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ACC vs. The Sports Cafe


There's nothing like a Leafs' playoff run. Games every other night, sudden death over time. People wandering into traffic because the horn honking has left them sleep deprived. Don't you wish it could be like that all the time? I do, and I'm here to help.

Let's be honest, the Air Canada Centre is awful. It's in a great location, the arena is nice enough, and it offers terrific sightlines throughout, but the aforementioned points are off set slightly by the completely absurd ticket prices. I was actually considering buying seasons tickets until the realization that I'd likely be parting ways with one of my kidneys. Whatever. I can put up with all that.

What I can't put up with is the atmosphere in the building. Personally, I'd rather stand in the line-up for parking permits at city hall.

So basically, with the exception of the rare occasion when someone in a platinum chair blatantly brings an escort to the game, you're not in for much excitement.

Counter-act that with the atmosphere of The Sports Cafe at Yonge & St. Clair. The only mistake that you can make at this place is telling some of the regulars that they're not actually at the game. People yell obscenities at the referee. Start random "Go Leafs Go" chants mid-period and have the distinct advantage of celebrating a goal without worrying that they'll spill their $22 beer.

Not a Leafs fan? That's ok. If there is a televised sporting event on the continent, chances are it's showing on one of the 1,463 televisions surrounding the bar; with the exception, of course, of professional soccer.

Now don't get me wrong. If someone offers me a pair of free tickets I'm not going to turn them down. But I'd be interested to know: Whether you're a die-hard or just a casual fan, would you rather spend 50 bucks at The Sports Cafe or $275 (per-person) at The Air Canada Centre?

The Sports Cafe - 49 St. Clair Avenue West, 416.928.9525


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