With but four days left until the final Euro Cup 2012 Spain v. Italy match, Toronto sports fans are having a hay-day watching the action with breath bated. This weekend is an interesting one for the city, with Euro Cup 2012, Pride 2012, and Canada Day all falling within the same three-day stretch. (Yes, we’re conditioning our livers now for the debauchery that will soon ensue.) With Euro Cup fever hitting its pitch on Sunday, here’s a rundown of some of the best spots in Toronto to watch the final game.
One of our favourite College Street spots for great food and vibe in the West End, Habits Gastropub is showing the final match on four screens, with chicken wing specials (two flavours available) for $11/lb or $20/2lbs, and select bottles of beer for $3.50.
Brazen Head Pub
Liberty Village’s favourite pub, the Brazen Head has a sweet patio and is a great Toronto join to watch Euro Cup’s final match. They’re featuring a special menu with moules frites, crispy beer and cheddar perogies, and a special fish finger stacked on brioche.
Classic German food, a divey but not dirty room, a big screen for the big game…what more could you want? The Musket will be extra rowdy if Germany wins in the semis, but will be a solid spot to watch the Euro Cup in Toronto nonetheless.
The Great One may himself be more of a hockey fan, but there’s no doubt that his popular sports bar will make excellent Euro Cup digs. Check out the game on the screens, order up a pitcher of beer, nosh on some nachos, and watch the action in anticipation.
The Dog and Bear
The Dog and Bear is an authentic British pub on Queen West opened by the boys behind Parts and Labour. It’s gorgeous; its design is comfortably British with antique furniture accents and a wraparound bar large enough to make a beer-loving sports fan stay for more than a few hours. To boot, the food is fantastic, offering guests traditional British fare done right.
Another excellent choice to watch the final match, School Restaurant is selling out spots on their rad patio to watch the Euro Cup. For $45, you can reserve a table on their patio and get $20 towards food and drinks and a free brunch entree.
Firkin on Yonge
Undoubtedly the swishest Firkin location, Yonge Street’s outpost is classier than the rest, with cool decor and some Brit Punk splashes. They’ve got a mezzanine that overlooks the screens in the centre of the bar. Their special? Get your ‘pitcher’ on for $20.
As a massive special for the final game, Cafe Dip is creating Euro Cup headquarters at St. Francis of Assisi. They’ve got two giant video walls, over 30,000 sq. ft. of space, a BBQ, live entertainment and more all underneath a huge circus tent. Where’s SFoA? Why, but 100 meters north of Cafe Diplomatico’s College and Clinton spot.
Real Sports Bar and Grill
Get here early because Real Sports will fill up in no time. The massive screen, tons of other televisions, great food, sexy servers, chic atmosphere, central location all make Real Sports one of the top spots to watch the Euro Cup in Toronto.
Spanish tapas restaurant Embrujo Flamenco on the Danforth will have a large screen projecting the final Eurocup match of Spain vs. Italy as well as full service menu. This is a great spot for fans of Spain: authentic tapas to go alongside the hot match.
Allen’s on the Danforth
Come here for a steak and stay for the game. Allen’s on the Danforth has a great back patio too if you’re looking to unwind pre or post-game, and the beer selection, though not the city’s largest, has all the faves for game day.
If you’re in the West End of Toronto, watch the final Euro Cup game at 17 Steps on Bloor West. This Greek/Mediterranean resto boasts a lax atmosphere and amazing food…perfect for the less rowdy Euro Cup 2012 viewer.