In but two short week’s time, Super Bowl XLVII will take over, essentially, the world. Included will be our fair city, since cable is readily available and I’m told people enjoy watching sports.
Thus, seeing as how we like to think we’re consistently “in-the-know” of where to be on these grand occasions, we made a few calls, Googled keywords like sports + bar + toronto + good, trolled Facebook event postings, and whittled down the 411 to a list of Best Spots to Watch the Super Bowl in Toronto.
Conversely, for those less inclined to grunting men playing with balls – in a public context of course – regard this list as Places to Avoid on Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto…
This sports bar/restaurant boasts great seats all round for sports viewing pleasure, and for Super Bowl XLVII they’ve got a pound of Wayne’s famous roaster wings and a pitcher of MGD for only $15.99. Get your wetnaps ready for a saucy kick-off…
Jack Astor’s on Front Street East
Please note the East in the sub-title. The newest of all the Jack Astor’s – occupying a massive two-storey space in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood – has a grand-sized projection screen behind the bar where Super Bowl meets HD meets pub grub.
Firkin on Yonge
The crown jewel in the Firkin Group of Pubs, Firkin on Yonge is a great spot to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto. With an upstairs lounge, screens surrounding the bar, and Sunday features to stuff your guts, Firkin on Yonge will be one packed joint.
Get ready for the Ultimate Tailgate Party this Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto. The Ballroom’s got a pig roast, mini hot dogs, potato salad, veggie chilli, drink deals, and screens aplenty. This is truly one of the best spots to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto.
The Dog & Bear Pub
This British-styled pub on Queen West is the perfect spot to watch a game. (Don’t take my word for it, watch the vibe at last year’s EuroCup for yourself.) With some great brews and gourmet grub, this’ll be one happenin’ spot come Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto.
While the screen to seats ratio isn’t the highest at Prohibition, the food, attentive service, and great drink deals make it a definite contender for watching the Super Bowl in Toronto.
A great spot for food and drinks if ever there was one, Habits Gastropub is easily one of our favourite watering holes in the city. (The food is effing awesome to boot.) For Super Bowl 2013, snatch up $2 sliders next to your favourite pint.
Crown and Dragon
One of our favourite wings spots in downtown Toronto, Crown and Dragon is an old-school pub that sees the MTV crew passing by after-work. Super Bowl Sunday at the C&D will see their pint and a pound special with three bucks off their famous wings.
The Office Pub
[Get ready for terrible intro segue.] I’d go to the office on a Sunday if mine had a bar in it! [Insert awkward silence here.] The Office Pub is hosting a jam on Super Bowl Sunday with 2-4-1 wings, a special Tail Gate menu, drink deals, and cheerleader eye candy.
The Bremner and Queen Street locations pile up on the screens so watching the Super Bowl at either is an exercise in camaraderie. Bonus: On Sundays you can get three pounds of wings and a jug of draught for 40 bucks.
All You Can Eat on Super Bowl Sunday. Nuff said. For only 25 smackeroos, you can snatch up some ooey, gooey goodness while watching the big game on their big screen.
Madison Avenue Pub
Ah… the Maddy. Reminds me of university days gone by. Wasn’t my scene… But for those looking to watch the Super Bowl out and about in Toronto, they’ve got a viewing party with half price wings and $3.50 bottles of Bud Light Platinum.
The Queen and Beaver Public House
One of our favourite spots for fish n’ chips, The Queen and Beaver Public House is going gourmet on Super Bowl Sunday with their suckling pig special (make reservations in advance), and viewing screens on the upper level.
East-enders rejoice! Murphy’s Law is doin’ up proper on Super Bowl Sunday, offering up $0.50 wings and $4 bottles of Bud and Bud Light. Oh… and there’s free chilli, too!
One of Murphy’s Law’s many sister establishments, the Foggy Dew is bringin’ the heat when it comes to where to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto, with projection screens, prizes, tail gate food, cheap Bud/Bud Light, and fitty cent wings.
Self-billed as the spot where “Real Sports Fans Live and Eat,” The Dizzy on Roncy is serving up screens for Super Bowl XLVII watching, and, of course, their signature pub grub and brews.
Rally Sports Bar
Not lookin’ for a spot downtown to watch the Super Bowl in Toronto? Check out Rally Sports Bar, where DJs will spin, prizes will be won, beers will be chugged, and food will dribble out the mouths of hollering fans.
Shoeless Joe’s on King West
Funnily enough, you need shoes to get service at Shoeless Joe’s. Go figure. On Super Bowl Sunday, this King West spot is doin’ it up for 40 bucks a head, netting you a buffet, two drinks, screens galore, and ear drum damage.
The Football Factory
Reserve your spot early for The Football Factory’s Super Bowl viewing event, with big prizes – like an NFL branded leather chair – big beers, and big fun.
Real Sports Bar and Grill
We couldn’t not include them, by virtue of the fact they really are laid out for a perfect viewing experience. You should note, however, that their tables are fully booked, and their now taking reservations for standing room only. Yes… you read that right.
Canyon Creek on Front
Have some Super Steak for the Super Bowl this year at one of the favourite restaurants for meat lovers and sports fans alike.
For a more intimate Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto, join the crew at The Oxley in their upstairs screening lounge for this year’s game. Bonus: The Oxley boasts some of the best Brit bites this side of the pond.
The Big Game at 99 Sudbury
Hosted by Captain Morgan Rum, The Big Game at 99 Sudbury features tons of food on site – like Fidel Gastro, Food Dudes, Hogtown Smoke, and The Feisty Jack, to name a few – 15-foot screens, a Captain Morgan VIP Room Experience hosted by the 99 Cheerleaders, prizes galore, and the list goes on.
And, for the ultimate football fan…
The Official Super Bowl XLVII Party in Toronto
Yes, it’s back, and it’s bigger than ever. The NFL officially takes over the Sound Academy complex for the city’s biggest Super Bowl party. Featuring cheerleaders, NFL players, a New Orleans inspired spread, tons of prizes, and hundreds of fans, this is one massive blowout the true football lover does not want to miss.