The 6 best sports bars in Toronto to watch the Leafs’ home opener

The Toronto Maple Leafs will officially kick off their NHL season on Tuesday night against their arch-rivals the Montreal Canadiens. If you’re not fortunate to be at the game, here are six Toronto sports bars to watch the Leafs beat the Canadiens!

Score on King

Hailing from the west end of Vancouver, Score Pub Group is inviting us into their world of excess at Score on King: serving up super boozy and colossal caesars, like the Checkmate,that has everything on it but the kitchen sink (seriously, there’s an entire cornish hen on top), you’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for and then some. With a huge patio that extends out into the bustling corner of Church and King streets, Score on King is the perfect spot to meet with friends for the game and enjoy shareable bites.

Score on King is located at 107 King St E.

The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis is a well-established bar-slash-eatery in the west end. Upon entry, patrons may believe they’ve stumbled into their grandmother’s living room, but after a second glance, the communal tables, roster of TVs and ’90s hip hop playing overhead should quickly quell any such suspicions. In the back, foosball, pinball and pool are all possible activities for those not content with a simple sit.

The Dock Ellis is located at 1280 Dundas St. W.

The Rec Room

Tucked away in the historic roundhouse between Front and the Lakeshore, the Rec Room is a sprawling entertainment complex. In a prime location across from the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Rogers Centre, the Rec Room has 40,000 square feet of interactive games, restaurants and live entertainment. The large bar has several screens to catch the big game and has 18 draughts on tap, including local favourites including Ace Hill and Brickworks Batch.

Rec Room is located at 255 Bremner Blvd.

Sportsnet Grill


Within the heart of Rogers Centre, Sportsnet Grill serves delicious pub grub and rocks game day specials like $25 all-you-can-eat wings and $7 pints of Bud on regular season nights for the Leafs, Raptors and NFL games! Plus, being in the only hotel inside of a North American sports venue gives it that extra cool vibe for gatherings with friends and celebrating those big wins.

Sportsnet Grill is located at 1 Blue Jays Way.

Loose Moose

Sports fans have come to count on getting their game day fix at the Loose Moose a downtown favourite since it first opened in 1989.  With over 20 screens spread between the Loose Moose and the Antler Room, the downstairs live music venue, and over 65 varieties of beer on tap, here, you’ll be surrounded by a kitschy collection of decorative objects (see the entire wall of rotary phones) and rough-hewn wooden wallboards.

Loose Moose is located at 146 Front St W.

Real Sports

With over 200 screens, there’s not a bad seat in the house at Real Sports a sprawling culinary and entertainment destination located beside Scotiabank Arena. Calling itself a “unique take on the traditional sports bar,” Real Sports offers an upscale menu along with pub favourites and more than 30 beers on tap.

Real Sports is located at 15 York St.

Dog and Bear

The Dog & Bear takes over the space that was once The Social, bringing Queen West a traditional British pub that aims to provide great food, good prices and good company. The space includes a 30-something foot bar, cozy booth seating and plenty of standing room for knocking back a pint with friends — just like in the old country.

Dog and Bear is located at 1100 Queen St W.