What a time to be alive and to be a Toronto sports fan. It’s Bohemian Rap-sody, the city is buzzing, our beloved Raptors are in the playoffs, and it’s giving Torontonians all the feels.
If you’re not keen on those ticket prices or heading into Jurassic Park, chances are you’re looking for the next best place to watch our team go to battle. Our mouths are watering for some playoff wins and for the best drinks and food to accompany the experience. Let’s face it, Toronto sports fans have been waiting a long time for a championship in the 6ix.
Here, our top selection of playoff viewing spots in the True North, strong and free.
33 Yonge Street
Now that we can put the Drake curse behind us (*Kawhi laugh*), why not catch a Raptors playoff game at his sports bar, Pick 6ix Sports. On occasion the Raptors Superfan, Nav Bhatia hosts pre-game pep rallies at this spot and after every playoff game the Raptors official DJ, 4korners will be spinning here. Pick 6ix Sports has over 38 flat screen TVs and with its ample seating can accommodate both small and large groups. Another great feature is the year-round patio which also has its own bar. Enjoy local and international craft beers on tap and munch on classic pub fare like pizza, burgers, and wings.
15 York Street
Voted #1 sports bar in North America by ESPN, the proximity of Real Sports Bar to Scotiabank Arena makes it it one of the top choices to watch a Raptors playoff game. It’s a supersized sports experience and gets you as close to the playoff action as possible without being at the actual game. See it all unfold on the 39-foot HD big screen and 199 flat screen HD TVs. Real Sports boasts a selection of over 50 beers and 126 draughts on tap to sip while you’re cheering our guys on. Enjoy a large menu of feel-good favourites including five award-winning wing flavours, some as spicy as Spicy P, Pascal Siakam himself.
255 Bremner Boulevard
The Rec Room’s 40,000 square feet space lends itself to eating, gaming, and watching Raptors playoff games. There are a ton of TVs to catch the game, plus you’ll always be entertained; play a variety of video games, shoot some pool, and play some ping pong. During halftime you can even take a few free throws on the basketball arcade game to see if your playoff mode is activated too. Enjoy two menus including Canadian-inspired cuisine at Three10 or venture into The Shed where you’ll find poutine and pizza. The Rec Room has an extensive beverage list including signature cocktails inspired by the Canadian north, international as well as local brews, and a selection of wine.
146 Front Street West
Part-legend, part-downtown Toronto landmark. Since 1989, The Loose Moose has been just a stone’s throw away from the Scotiabank Arena and is another great place to watch the Raptors sink some stellar playoff buckets. This spot has over 65 varieties of beer on tap and is touted as having the most draughts in the city. It also has an incredible menu of Canadian-inspired pub fare to satisfy your cravings. The atmosphere is lively and has a good number of large TVs to watch the most exciting moments of the game.