Getting local, sustainable and organic food in Toronto is becoming easier with every passing year. But finding places to watch NFL games and college football? For the hockey-loving town of Toronto, there are slim pickings.
With the wide range of streaming opportunities and cable packages, most sports fans didn't give a hoot (and probably weren't thinking of the word hoot when they considered their feelings).
Yet there are still ways to integrate into society while pledging your allegiance to the pig-free pigskin. These 10 places provide the opportunity to leave your house without sacrificing your relationship with your team.
Watching college football should always be finger-lickin' good — Photo courtesy of Williams Landing
Real Sports Bar
There's 25,000 square feet of sports tributes inside Real Sports Bar, including a 39-foot television. If, for some reason, your favorite football game isn't being played, just politely ask them to turn one of the 199 flatscreen televisions to the desired channel.
During the Super Bowl, this shouldn't be a problem.
Tailgating parties at The Ballroom include all-you-can-eat buffets, drink tickets and even bowling. This isn't your average sports bar, with as much entertainment inside the bar as there is on the screen.
Ping pong, anyone?
They may be hiding their faces because their team is losing — Photo courtesy of The Ballroom Bowl
The Longest Yard
An NFL game complete with wings and beer. Hardly expectation shattering.
Yet at The Longest Yard, you can also enjoy a lobster flown in from Nova Scotia the morning of the event. It's probably best you wear a bib anyway.
If this is game day food, then anyone can be a football fan — Photo courtesy of The Longest Yard
This Liberty Village restaurant aims to impress, with their fresh, organic, local, sustainable and seasonal food.
Williams Landing is also a great place to watch the Super Bowl, when they break out their annual pig roast on the patio and ply you with over a dozen beers on tap.
There are 18 TVs and two big screens, so you can also see the game during the regular season. With a side of Ontario duck, of course.
Football and a mechanical bull? Now we're talking! — Photo courtesy of Boots & Bourbon Saloon
Boots & Bourbon
Boots & Bourbon isn't a bar you come to for quiet time. With country music, loud NFL games and the sounds of defeat as people try to conquer the mechanical bull, you may not be able to hear your friends speak.
But that's what the off-season is for.
Michael's on Simcoe
A fancy steakhouse and a great game. Not often do these two things collide.
Yet Michael's on Simcoe grants you the opportunity to be fancy and be a football fan.
Enjoy regular dinner service alongside the game in the lounge; you'll be proud to wake up the next morning without finding tortilla chips in your hair.
The classiest way to watch a game — Photo courtesy of Michael's on Simcoe
The Dock Ellis
The craft beer and good food at The Dock Ellis might help to disguise the fact that you want to keep your conversations minimal and your football awareness maximal.
There are unusual takes on the bar classics, such as their substitution of wontons instead of nachos. Plus, Sundays are dedicated to tailgate brunch.
When you have a patio with 80 seats, big screens inside and lots of sports fans, you may be surprised that this is first and foremost a live music venue.
But when football season revs up, The Hideout follows with mountains of chicken wings and buckets of beer. And come Super Bowl, there's a chili cook-off with free samples at halftime.
They even have video games for kids who prefer a high score rather than following the score.
You can do even more than watch the game at The Hideout — Photo courtesy of The Hideout Toronto
With a menu that sections into "Kick-off" for appetizers and "The Field" for salads, it isn't surprising that this King West bar has a passion for game time.
However, with exposed wood beams and sophisticated cocktails, The Citizen could almost pass for a chic lounge.
A classy atmosphere with real respect for the game at The Citizen — Photo courtesy of The Citizen
This karaoke bar has huge themed party rooms for you to explore your vocal range. Happily, the full bar at Studio Lounge also offers huge Samsung LED televisions that play major football games.
You can drown out the voice of a would-be Celine Dion with sports commentary while enjoying happy hour, which extends to 9 p.m.
Apparently, karaoke bars aren't just about singing — Photo courtesy of Studio Lounge