From spacious patios decorated with lights to rowdy bars buzzing with colossal TV screens, Toronto’s bars and restaurants are more than ready to cater to your World Cup needs. It’s no secret that our beloved T-dot has been labeled the most multicultural city in the world, so no matter which of the 32 teams you’re cheering for, you’ll find the right crowd to celebrate with. Whether you want to party it up in an Irish sports bar or find a more low-key spot to quietly observe the game, our team has scoped out the best places to indulge in your raging World Cup fever and take advantage of a special drink deal or two.
An Sibin Pub
For a taste of hearty Irish hospitality and true World Cup spirit, there’s An Sibin Pub. Lively and family-friendly, this is the go-to if you’re in the mood for some classic Irish pub fare. In addition to their regular specials, they’ll be offering $10 wings and pint or a sandwich and pint for the duration of the World Cup.
The Ballroom Bowl
We love The Ballroom because it’s an ideal place for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. After all, nothing unites sports fans more than a game of ping pong, pool, or foosball – except, of course, the World Cup. Not only does The Ballroom have both a rooftop and streetside patio that you can view the game from, they’re offering special pricing on their fantastic appetizers, including their nachos, sliders, and sweet potato fries. They’ll also be having multiple giveaways, so this is one venue you’ve definitely got to visit.
For a taste of mouthwatering Portuguese cuisine, there’s Bairrada Churrasqueira. Fans of the game huddle on picnic tables outside, watching the game unfold on outdoor screens. While the backyard atmosphere is a calmer alternative to the one you might find in a sports bar, don’t be fooled: the staff and patrons are passionate fans of the game, so things can get pretty animated pretty quickly. In addition to their B.B.Q. chicken and flaming sausage (which are both to die for, just by the way), they’ll be hosting après-work drink specials in the backyard for fans of the game while the World Cup is on.
Duke of Somerset
An amazing streetside patio and friendly faces are what’ll be waiting for you when you go to The Duke. Their modern take on classic pub fare and wide selection of beers and wines are enough to carry this pub by itself, but now there’s a World Cup special that’s sure to have you squeezing in with the regulars. With the purchase of a Budweiser Crown, you get a scratch card and are eligible to win prizes like scarves, magnets, and official balls.
For an authentic Latin hotspot in Toronto, there’s El Rancho. You can watch the game with full surround sound and indulge in their newly-opened and amazing buffet: calamari, chicken, rice, and paella are all ready and waiting for you.
Their newly-opened patio is the best way to soak up some rays while watching the game and enjoying their amazing specials. They’ll only be showing 3:00 and 6:00 games, but The Citizen will open its doors at 2:30pm and offer cocktails, beer, and wine for $4, sangria pitchers for $20, and half-priced appetizers until 7pm. Be sure to stop by during World Cup season, or if you don’t make it then, these outstanding deals (where in the world can you get a glass of vino for $4?) will be available from 5-7pm daily!
Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse
Since Brazil is the host of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, it’s no surprise that Copacabana will go all-out to celebrate the game. Apart from giant LED TVs and 18 different kinds of meat grilled to perfection over open flames, a new bar menu will be unveiled that will include Brazilian-inspired pizzas and specialty finger foods. Other special features will include $5 draught beers, signature Brazilian caipirinha and sangria pitchers. During games played by Team Brazil, Copacabana will also be offering a limited number of rodizio (all-you-can-eat) for $29, which will include 10 different meat options.
If you can’t get enough of team Brazil, there’s also Touro Churrascaria with their daily World Cup drink specials and amazing grilled meats. Every day they’ll have $5 domestic drafts, Mondays will have smirnoff ice ($5) and domestic bottles ($4), Tuesdays will have $5 sangria glasses and $20 pitchers, Wednesday there’s $5 Bull Rider Bellini’s, Thursdays you can get $5 off cocktail pitchers, Fridays you can chug down Guinness drafts ($5) and beer cocktails ($7), Saturdays there’s $5 Caipirinhas and $7 Coronas, and Sunday you can get caesars for $5.
Dog & Bear
Already widely known as a great place to stop by after a long day of work, this traditional English pub is now also a great destination for all your World Cup cravings. While they won’t be featuring a special menu, a select few of their popular dishes (including some of the juiciest and most tender chicken wings you’ll ever have in your life) will be half-priced for the duration of the World Cup only.
The Football Factory
Always dedicated to the game and its fans, The Football Factory is offering no shortage of new drink and food specials. On Mondays there’s $0.59 chicken wing drumsticks in your choice of sauces (including their signature Football Factory hot sauce), Tuesdays net you fresh mussels at $5 per pound, Wednesdays there’s $8 chorizo burgers and mash, Thursdays offers you $8 taco salad, Fridays you can grab their signature Thai coconut curry with a choice of either veggie ($7) or chicken ($10), Saturdays there’s half-rack ribs for $7 or a whole rack for $11, and Sunday there’s brunch from 11am-3pm with iceberg vodka screwdrivers for $4 and caesars for $5.
Pizzeria Via Mercanti
What better way to celebrate the World Cup then with thin-crust pizza and $6 pints? Via Mercanti’s not only got your back if you’re a fan of the game (although you’d better be an Italy fan ;)), but if you’re into lighter summer fare as well: if you want to lay off the carbs a bit, they’ve got tuna and arugula salad and tons of vegetarian options to appeal to any and all fans of the game.
P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub & Restaurant
Celebrated as one of downtown’s most lively and accommodating party and dining destinations, P.J. O’Brien’s has a strong devotion to both the culinary arts and true-to-heart hospitality the Irish are well known for. It’s quieter and cozier than a sports bar, but no less dynamic: Here, you’ll find plenty of fans of the game cheering between bites of Guinness stew and fish & chips. And for the duration of the World Cup only, you can get 3 bottles of Bud Light and 3 sliders (your choice of chicken, beef, and fish), or the special of the day with a pint for only $20.
Utopia Café and Grill
For a great selection of homemade burgers, burritos, and sandwiches, you can always count on Utopia. If you’re not feeling the rowdy bar scene, the large portions and casual dining environment here make it a pretty good place to sit back, relax, and watch the game from their back patio. They’ll have rotating food specials throughout the tournament, as well as $4 cans of Amsterdam 416 Urban Wheat and Downtown Brown. In addition, they’ll also have some sweet raffles and prize giveaways.
Real Sports Bar
You’re probably not shocked to see Real Sports Bar make the cut, considering they’ve got 200 HD TVs to watch the game from and 114 beer taps to keep your lungs thoroughly lubricated for cheering. But now there’s even more reason to head there to watch the game: they’re offering three different shared World Cup specials, so it’s the perfect place to go with a large group of friends and chant along with the hundreds of other patrons that are sure to be there. For 20 people, you can get option A for $50, offering such items as beef empanadas, fish and chips, and churros with dolce de leche. Option B offers fare such as garlic fries, sausage flatbread, and lamb speducci, while option C offers arancini, porchetta sliders, and caprese flatbread.
Le Saint Tropez
Appropriately considered the “French headquarters” of the World Cup, Le Saint Tropez is where you need to be if you’re looking for the best of French cuisine under one roof. While team France matches are on, they’ll be offering a special menu with items such as quiche Lorraine and steak frites. Be sure to take advantage of the summer and grab a seat on their beautiful courtyard terrace!
With 6 pool tables, 27 flat screen TVs, and 15 beers on tap, this is not just your average neighbourhood watering hole. They not only offer classic pub fare, but also a pretty decent selection of soups, salads, and healthy wraps. Better yet, Shoxs will be featuring special appetizer platters for the duration of the World Cup, as well as Bud Light, Coors Light, and Canadian pints for only $5 each.
Habits Gastropub is the go-to if you’re in the mood for high-quality comfort food and equally comforting prices. They’ll be featuring a special world cup menu with sliders, chili cheese dogs, tacos, mac ‘n’ cheese, fish n’ chips, and popcorn. They’ll also be offering up $5 Steam Whistle during all the games, and for various teams they’ll have special drink deals – discount Caipirinhas for Brazil games, Sagres bottles for Portugal games, sangria for Spain, and Erdinger Dunkel for Germany. If that’s not enough for you, Habits will have prize packs for their pool winners and fun giveaways.
If you’re rooting for team Spain (or just a huge fan of Spanish cuisine), you need to check out Club Hispano. They’ll have multiple tapas with special prices every day of the World Cup, including $4 chorizo, tortillas, and drinks, and $5 cold cuts.
The Foxes Den
If you’re looking for a more casual and comfortable atmosphere, there’s The Foxes Den. They’ve got plenty of daily specials year-round, like discount nachos, burgers, and pizza, and for the World Cup they’re offering Budweiser for only $5.50 a pint
The Office Pub
f you’re rooting for Team USA, try The Office Pub. Their amazing wings and flatbreads should keep you going back all summer long, and so should their new World Cup special: discount pints of Carlsberg are available, as well as giveaways with cool shirts and bottle openers.
West 50 Pourhouse & Grille
A modern bar with DJs and live music most nights, West 50 is definitely set to be one of Toronto’s summer hotspots. And it doesn’t matter what team you’re cheering for, since you’ll find an incredibly diverse array of fans here. Every day of the World Cup, there will be special drink deals when games are on, and there’ll also be giveaways with items such as jerseys.
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