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12 Downtown Toronto Bars That Are Perfect For Cheering On The Raptors This Season

It's time again to support your champions!

If the Toronto Raptors' 2019-2020 season is anything like last season, you'll definitely want to catch their games as often as possible. There's no doubt the Raps' profile has risen after they won their first-ever NBA championship and they're truly Canada's team these days. But if you're one of the many Torontonians who can't make it to see them play in person, you'll want to watch Toronto Raptors games at one of Toronto's many great downtown sports bars. 

The Raptors tip off their season tonight at Scotiabank Arena against the New Orleans Pelicans, and the first 20,000 fans inside the arena will receive a free exact replica of the players' championship rings.

There's also a special free tailgate party in Jurassic Park, where fans will see the official unveiling of the Raptors Way signs along the renamed portion of Bremner Boulevard. 

But, if you can't make it to the game or to the party, you're far from out of options to catch the game. The 6ix has a huge variety of bars and pubs that show sport on the regular, and the Raptors will be near the top of the list all season long.

Here's a list of 12 sports bars in Toronto where you can cheer on the Raptors this season.

Shark Club

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, cocktails & beers

Address: 10 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Right at Dundas Square, Shark Club was one of the bars where Raptor fans made sure to arrive early in order to watch the final games, and for a reason. This sports bar has multiple screens so you'll never miss a moment.

The Loose Moose

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food & drinks

Address: 146 Front St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: A perennial sports fan's favourite, the Loose Moose, located close to Union Station, may be your first choice off the train.

VIP Lounge & Billiards Club

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, drinks

Address: 842 College St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: For total sports fans, this place gives you all the vibes. If you don't necessarily want to be right in the heart of the downtown area, this is the perfect spot for you.

Real Sports Bar & Grill

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food & drinks

Address: 15 York St. Unit A, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Famous for its capacity and its wall of screens, Real Sports is always a great option. Being so, so close to all the action of the Scotiabank Area you'll practically feel like you're inside. For high-profile games, make sure to arrive early.

Hoops Sports Bar & Grill

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, cocktails

Address: 125 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Another popular sports bar, especially during Raps season. This bar provides you with fan experience, with big screens and fan memorabilia. The food is great, too.

Pick 6ix Sports

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Restaurant dining, bar food, beers and cocktails

Address: 33 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The ultimate Raptors fans will enjoy watching the games at Drake's very own restaurant. After all, he is the Raps ambassador and MAJOR fan. The food and drinks aren't too bad either.

The Bottom Line

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, cocktails

Address: 22 Front St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: There's no doubt that every popular bar in Toronto will likely be packed for the home opener but it's always best to check out other bars in the area. The Bottom Line calls itself "Toronto's Classiest Sports Bar" and is just around the corner from Scotiabank Arena.

The Puck Sports Bar & Grill

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, cocktails

Address: 362 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Another one slightly out of the downtown core, located north on Bloor. Don't let the name fool you, as this bar shows games of all sports.

Jack Astor's

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Restaurant food, beers, cocktails

Address: Multiple locations, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Another staple sports-watching spot, Jack Astor's had lineups last year for the finals, so you can be sure to expect it to be busy for Raptors games. Enjoy some food and buy drinks while you watch the game. A fishbowl perhaps?

The Dog And Bear

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, and cocktails

Address: 1100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Although this place can attract an older crowd, real sports fans will find themselves loving the vibes here. Whatever sport you like, you can find it here while drinking a couple of beers and enjoying some good food.

Shoeless Joe's

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Restaurant food, beer, cocktails

Address: Multiple locations across Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Shoeless Joe's are known for being a pretty good sports spot to watch all your favourite games, so it's a safe bet to have the Raptors on pretty regularly.

817 Sports Bar & Grill

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food, beers, and cocktails

Address: 817 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Another great alternative to Toronto's mix of chain sports bars, this place is definitely worth checking out to watch a good game. Their big screens will help you catch all the action come Tuesday night.

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