Toronto is famous for being a multicultural city, and at no time is this more on display than during events such as Euro 2016 - the European soccer championships running from June 10 to July 10.
Don't believe us? Try driving through Little Italy when the Azzurri (the Italian national team) is playing. Or around Dundas West and Dufferin when Cristiano Rinaldo and Portugal are on the pitch. Or just listen for the horns in Bloor West if Ukraine wins even a group stage match.
Indeed, it might sometimes be frustrating, but there's no denying the city comes alive with cultural pride during the Euros.
Here, then, is our list of some of the best places and neighbourhoods to join the festivities. We've narrowed it down to the top 20 fan favourites. If you want to watch the game with like-minded fans, these restaurants and pubs are among the best places to go.
Let the flag waving begin.
Match the numbers on the map to the list below for more information.
2. Queen and Beaver
35 Elm St. (Gerrard and Bay) -- in the Bay Street Corridor
3. Scallywags (don't be surprised if you see some fans of Spain here, too)
11 St. Clair Ave. W. (Yonge and St. Clair) -- in the Deer Park neighbourhood
4. Murphy's Law
1702 Queen St. E. (at Kingston Rd.) -- in the Beach neighbourhood
609 King St. W. (King and Bathurst) -- in the King West neighbourhood
6. The Musket Restaurant
40 Advance Rd. -- in Islington-City Centre West
665 College St.
8. Cafe Diplomatico
594 College St.
As expected, both of these locations are situated in the Little Italy neighbourhood
9. Fionn MacCool's
70 The Esplanade (with three others in Toronto) -- in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Also in the Entertainment District, near the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, and the Davisville neighbourhood.
10. Irish Embassy
49 Yonge St. (Wellington St. E.) -- near the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood
11. The Dizzy
305 Roncesvalles Ave
12. Round the Horn
331 Roncesvalles Ave
Both located in Roncesvalles neighbourhood, which is fitting given the neighbourhood's Polish roots.
13. Euro Sports Bar and Grill
252 Lansdowne Ave. (Lansdowne and College) -- in the Brockton Village neighbourhood
14. Lifetime Sports Bar
818 College St. (at Ossington) -- In the Little Italy neighbourhood
15. Tapas At Embrujo
3465 Dundas St. W. (Runnymede) -- in the Runnymede neighbourhood
16. Fox and the Fiddle
280 Bloor St. W. -- in the Annex neighbourhood
17. The Foxes Den
1075 Bay St. (Bay and Bloor) -- in the Yorkville neighbourhood
18. The Rushton
740 St. Clair Ave. W. -- in the Hillcrest Village neighbourhood
2255 Bloor St. West -- in the Bloor West Village neighbourhood
20. The Keating Channel
2 Villiers St. -- in the Port Lands neighbourhood
And, of course, there are sports go-to places such as Bier Markt, with locations throughout the GTA, Real Sports located at 40 Bay St. and Jack Astor's at Yonge and Dundas, where essentially anyone, regardless of who you're rooting for, can go to cheer on their teams. You might see some fans of Greece or Netherlands there, too, since, well...
To all the other fans of teams that didn't qualify, good news - World Cup 2018 is only two years away.
Top image by Eurosport
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