There's nothing more relaxing and exciting to the average sports fan than knowing their local watering hole will be broadcasting the games and hosting fans throughout the season. But the sports bar experience varies by establishment, so why limit yourself and your sports-viewing adventures to the usual chain restaurants? There are countless hidden gems across the country, from British Columbia to the Halifax and we’ve put our favourites in one place! Whether you’re waiting for the tip-off or the puck to drop, here’s where to get the best seat in the house.
Halifax, Nova Scotia — Wooden Monkey
The only thing better than delicious, greasy pub food is delicious, sustainable and locally-grown pub food. The Wooden Monkey uses local farmers and meat suppliers in Nova Scotia so you’re supporting the community with every order. In addition, they’ve labeled all gluten-free and/or vegan items on the menu so it’s easy to find dishes that cater to any dietary restrictions you may have which can be rare with pub fare.
Montreal, Quebec — Chez Serge
Come for the fancy French name and stay for the winning ambience and fun atmosphere. Equipped with a dozen TVs, it’s the prime place to watch the game over a couple of drinks. Once you’re seated and comfortable, take note of the unique décor. From grass ceilings to mechanical bulls, this pub doesn’t hold back with its design aesthetics and we love it for that. Simply put the combination of the rowdy crowd and outrageously wacky décor make for a truly unique sports pub experience.
Georgetown, Ontario – Nashville North
Nashville North is a delight for the secret (or not-so-secret) cowboy inside of us all. With a capacity of 1,400, it boasts an impressive sunken hardwood dance floor, several bars, and enormous large-screen TVs for maximum viewing pleasure. It doesn’t hurt that the bar transforms into a nightclub during the evenings and on Wednesdays you can learn to line dance with friends and strangers. Come for the genuine atmosphere and stay for the fun!
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Hat Tricks Sports Bar and Grill
Hat Tricks seems to be fairly straightforward with what it’s got to offer the average patron. The bar has an impressive 15 (count'em!) high-definition TVs propped up in every corner of the place, so you’ll never have to crane your neck to watch the game. On top of that, they have a wide range of delicious bar fare and you won’t have to miss any of the action even when nature calls. That’s right — they’ve even got TVs installed in the bathroom! Now that’s what we call sports fan dedication.
Vancouver, British Columbia – The Black Frog Eatery
The Black Frog, located in the heart of Gastown, is a perfect place to grab a drink and relax with your friends. They have a wide drink selection with a menu that’s just as impressive. A dedicated sports bar, their website has all the season’s sports schedules outlined for their patrons’ convenience. When the game isn’t on, they keep the entertainment going by bringing in live bands. But make sure you know where your allegiances lie before stepping foot inside. The Black Frog’s website makes it quite clear that they love them some Vancouver Canucks, so watch out Flames fans!