Kawhi & Dine. Jurassic Park. The Raptors parades. The Nick Nurse shrine. #WeTheNorth flags plastering office windows across the Toronto Entertainment District and throughout the #6ix. Raptors Mania in Toronto was unavoidable this spring, and if you’re like a lot of people, getting swept up in the playoffs planted a lasting seed of loyalty for Canada’s champions.
We may have lost a few players since then, but The Raptors’ historic win gained the team more than a few forever fans across the nation. Whether or not you’ve been rocking a purple jersey since elementary school or caught your first game this year, we’re all about team spirit. If you’re ready to start the new season as a full-fledged fan, check out these bars and restaurants in the #TorontoED for the best #views of the NBA season opener on October 22.
15 York St, Toronto, ON M5J 2Z2
It’s official: Toronto’s biggest sports bar has had a full makeover (and re-branding!). The iconic bar and grill still boasts the largest screens for watching the game, but with a totally upgraded vibe. Its new look, courtesy of award-winning Toronto-based DesignAgency is a love letter to the Leafs and Raptors, featuring a colour scheme of burgundy and navy, and metallic accents representing the #trophies they’ve won. The menu also received a full makeover and now focuses on local, sustainable options and abundant vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare. Don’t fret though – all your favourite game-time snack classics are still there, and it even has a new pizza program and smoker for items like brisket. Upscale menu, sleek décor and buzzing atmosphere? It’s definitely one of the city’s most unique takes on the traditional sports bar.
99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
After 26 years in the Toronto Entertainment District, this will be the last Raptors season Wayne Gretzky’s and its Oasis Rooftop Lounge will see. If you couldn’t make it out this spring for #TheLastBucket you still have the chance to visit this landmark for the 2019-20 season! Don’t be fooled – Wayne Gretzky’s is not just a Hockey Night in Canada destination. Over the years, it has become a hub for sports fans to gather for all pre and post-game meals as well as countless celebrations all while immersed in the culture of The Great one – Mr. Wayne Gretzky himself. Cheer on our boys in Red, Silver, Black ,White and Gold while sampling from the “APPY Hour” menu running every Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Not making it early enough for the ½ price apps? Don’t worry! With specials running every day of the week you’ll be sure to find something on the menu for any craving – on any #Raptors Game Day. Stop by and salute the last few months with contests, special promotions and a very Canadian vibe! Make sure to tag it on Instagram and be part of making the last few months a Great One!
212 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1K5
Get your Brit on this Raptors season. Elephant & Castle’s King St. W location is a staple pub to visit for game day beers and pub fare like stuffed Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips, bangers and mash and even butter chicken! Its relaxed vibe means you can come decked out in your favourite Raptors gear and cheer as loud as you want over ½ price wings and beer deals all game long. Be sure to include this one in your Raptors rotation. We’ll see you and the team right into the spring on its open patio when the weather gets warmer too!
145 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4
A bowling alley, social club, restaurant and game day haven all under one roof! That’s what you’re getting once you step through the doors at The Ballroom located on the corner of John and Richmond Sts. Opened in 2011 the 20,000 sq. ft space is an interactive entertainment centre designed to immerse you in a sophisticated adaptation of your childhood Bowlerama. Enjoy views of #6ix from the upstairs bar and lounge filled with 52 big screen TVs and seven projection screens and stop by early for pre-game deals on the Social Hour menu from Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Other menu staples feature elevated classics like: nachos and delectable dry rub wings in your choice of 4 rubs. Make The Ballroom your #WeTheNorth main stay this Raptors season. Afterall, wings+basketball+bowling are what dreams are made of, right?
1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J4
The Sportsnet Grill located within the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel is a Raptors hideaway spot! The Grill is situated to provide fans a truly 3D experience as it looks out onto the Rogers stadium. The sleek design of the grill is outfitted in chic shades of steel and hues of blue and grey paired with the famous SportsNet logo to make you feel like a real sports fan. The grill is anything but your usual sports bar, the menu ranges from game day favourites like nachos, tacos and fries while still including more elevated fairs such as steak and mussels! And, if you’re staying at the hotel during a game, make sure to stop by and snap a pic of the famous Rogers field – your Instagram feed will thank you.
Well, folks – whether you’re the next superfan, want to feel part of something bigger or just enjoy the atmosphere of a bar on game day, we welcome you!
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