Raptors fever is at an all-time high this year. If you haven't been keeping up with the Raps this playoff season, you definitely should start - it's been one hell of an emotional roller coaster so far, and the team needs you more than ever.
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Playoffs is a fun time because it gives people a reason to watch the game somewhere other than just on their couches. Nothing beats the experience of being amongst a horde of people who share the same pride for the team. Here are 10 best places to watch the Raptors game in Toronto (in no particular order):
The Contender // 1166 Dundas St W
The Contender is perhaps the spot for any and all sports lovers. Their large screens are backed by separate sound systems so that you can keep up with multiple games at once, and there are several great eats, shareables and craft beers to choose from.
Dog’s Bollocks // 817 Queen St W
Although not a dedicated sports bar, the Dog's Bollocks still offers a great atmosphere for watching a Raps game. Though the place is more laid back on a typical day, you can expect a whole lot of energy from visiting Raptors fans during the playoffs!
Loose Moose // 146 Front St W
If you're just as interested in beer selection as you are in the Raptors, then Loose Moose is the place for you. They've got one of the biggest draught selections in Toronto, and great eats to keep you pumped during the game.
Real Sports // 15 York St
Real Sports Bar is a standard meeting place for all sports enthusiasts, so it just had to be included in this list. It's the closest thing to a man cave, so you're sure to feel at home here. The best feature of the bar is their high-definition flatscreen TV that spans almost two stories tall.
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The Dizzy // 305 Roncesvalles Ave
The Dizzy is worth any sports fan's visit. They've got a great menu of food and drinks and some of the friendliest staff you'll ever meet.
Rally Sports Bar // 1660 O'Connor Dr
Rally Sports Bar can get pretty busy during playoffs season, so it might be a good idea to reserve a table (especially if you're planning on going with friends). Enjoy a wide selection of beers while you watch the Raps on their collection of 40 high-def TVs around the venue.
Hurricane's // 963 Bloor St W
Hurricane's isn't just a good place to watch the Raptors game, it's also a good place to get your grub on! They've got daily food and drink specials for you to indulge in, including $5 poutines and 2-4-1 wings. See their website for more details.
Gretzky’s // 99 Blue Jays Way
Just because this bar is hockey-themed, doesn't mean it's not a great place to watch basketball! The managers of the venue themselves are huge Raptors fans, so they'll probably be watching the game too! Gretzky's is relatively roomy, has great food and drinks and, most importantly, big TV screens.
Shark Club // 10 Dundas St E
Shark Club boasts a 90-ft sports ticker, 15-ft big screen and 57 LED TV's around the venue. You'll also be able to enjoy their late-night specialty menu during the Raptors game.
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Amsterdam Brewhouse // 245 Queens Quay W
Amsterdam Brewhouse is a 14,000 square-foot venue equipped with several TVs, an extensive selection of food and drinks, and lots of seating, making it a perfect place to watch the Raps in action.
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