The best bars to watch the Raptors play in Toronto

When the Raptors incredibly snagged a game 7 home court win against the Heat on Sunday, our city, undeniably, went berserk.

Toronto’s pro basketball team is now moving on to the second round of the NBA Finals, and their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers will be a spectacle not to miss for any TO sports fan.

Here are our best bets for Toronto bars to watch the Raptors play the Cavs.

(Check the Raptors game schedule here.)

The Real Sports Bar, 15 York St.

Real Sports Bar in Toronto owned by Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment. January 14, 2012. Ryan Enn Hughes for The New York Times

A consistent game-day fave, the Real Sports Bar has graced TO sports fans with a 39-foot screen and a hundred beers. That combo usually means this place is jam-packed, but the atmosphere is electric.

 

The Loose Moose, 146 Front St

.04202013-loosemoose590-02It’s something about the picnic tables that make watching games at the Moose an amazing time, every time. The food’s pretty great and the beer list is long.

 

Hurricanes Roadhouse, 963 Bloor St. W

2010820-hurricanesNothing goes with a Raptors game like a greasy plate of pizza rolls. Hurricane’s is loaded with TVs so watching the action from any angle is a cinch.

 

The Contender, 1166 Dundas St. W

20141121-contender590-09Call early and you might get to reserve your own table to watch the Raptors with your crew. The Contender has tons of TVs and a pretty sweet atmosphere for watching games.

 

Shoxs, 2827 Dundas St. W

shox_lovethiscitytvA true sports bar, but with pool tables, Shoxs has plenty of TVs and gets pretty busy during games for an awesome vibe.

 

Rally Sports Bar, 1660 O’Connor Dr.

20131123-rally-sportsPart sports bar, part BBQ joint, Rally Sports Bar puts on fun contests while you watch the games and munch on smoked meat.

 

The Dock Ellis, 1280 Dundas St. W

20131113-dockellis590-06With tall cans for just five bucks, communal tables, and a hell of a good atmosphere, the Dock Ellis’ big bonus is the killer food.

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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