There’s nothing like being in the middle of hundreds (or thousands) of cheering Raptors fans. If you’re looking for a true Toronto hoops experience, here are four of the best places to catch the game and let your #WeTheNorth flag fly.
Real Sports Bar & Grill
The Real Sports Bar & Grill is the ultimate man cave. You haven’t quite experienced the Raptors, until you’ve watched a game on the massive 39-foot HD Big Screen. With more than a hundred draughts on tap, gourmet burgers, and wing flavours you’ve only seen in your dreams, it’s everything a sports fan could ask for. On Tried & True Tuesdays, enjoy a Molson Canadian widemouth along with nachos that come personal-sized, so you can forget about man-to-man defense.
Just outside Real Sports Bar & Grill and the Air Canada Centre, you’ll find Maple Leaf Square, which is better known as “Jurassic Park” during Raptor season. Hoops fans of all ages come together to watch the Raptors play on a 50×80-foot outdoor video screen. The space can hold up to 5,000 people, so you and your 4,999 closest friends can enjoy pre-game events, playoffs, and gold-medal games in the fresh air. Some just come out during warm weather, but die-hard fans come rain (or snow) or shine to rally the team.
Hoops Sports Bar & Grill
Across from the Rogers Centre, Hoops Sports Bar & Grill, boasts enough HD screens to make sure you’ll never miss a single basket, including private booths with flat-screens and a massive 126-inch infinite plasma for big events. With this many screens you can be sure there’s no bad seat in the house. There are plenty of beers on tap, and you can pair up your pint with some sizzling fajitas, the smothered bourbon peppercorn striploin, or the “Slam Dunk” burger.
The Loose Moose
With the largest selection of draught beer in Toronto, The Loose Moose, is also one of the hottest places to catch the game or a pre-game pint. They’ve been serving Raptors fans for more than 20 years, and the bar has an electric energy that makes you feel like you’re there in the stands–except the food’s a lot better. Indulge in the infamous garlic fries and a whole pound of jumbo chicken wings, or eat healthy with the “Who Are You Callin’ Shrimp” lettuce wraps.