Where to grab post-game pints with the team in Toronto

Whether you’re celebrating a win or mourning a loss, post-game pints are par for the course for summer-leaguers. But deciding on which local watering hole to hit up almost always leads into overtime. From low key vibes to gourmet pub-grub, we’ve covered all the bases with these Toronto team hangouts. [Image credit: iStock.com/helenecanada]

The Contender

1166 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X4

If you’re looking to keep the game going, The Contender is adorned with wall-to-wall screens of televised sports, bubble-hockey, shuffleboard, darts and foosball tables. A no-frills type of vibe – think: sports memorabilia, concession-style food (yes, that means foot-longs and pretzels), four tops and comfy benches – complements this 2,000-square foot space. But heads up: that means there’s plenty of room to host the opposing team, too.

Tall Boys Craft Beer Pub

838 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M2

Located in Koreatown and neighbouring a strip of Ethiopian restaurants, Tall Boys Craft Beer Pub may seem like a bit of a curveball. Not your traditional sports bar, their kitchen serves up a fresh, culturally inspired menu that give a nod to their neighbourhood roots. And did we mention they have Toronto's largest selection of Ontario craft beer? With a roster of over 70 different types, Tall Boys is basically the mothership for beer lovers.

Pizza Pub

934 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A4

When it comes to pizza and wings, Brass Taps Pizza Pub on College doesn’t mess around. For 20 years, this family-style joint has been tossing out gourmet, hot stone-oven pizzas, prepped daily with homemade dough and garden-fresh tomato sauce. Exposed brick walls, cozy booths and dim lighting creates an inviting space to hang your helmet post-game.

The Auld Spot Pub

347 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N7

Nothin’ but net: The Auld Spot casts a wide selection of east coast cuisine. A short walk from Riverdale Park, seafood lovers can fuel their hearty appetites with freshly shucked oysters, fish ‘n chips and PEI mussels. Wash it all down with a crisp pint, choosing from their vast selection of Ontario craft brews. You’ll leave with full bragging rights that you had the catch of the day.

Louis Cifer Brew Works

417 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P1

For a hella good time, check out Louis Cifer Brew Works on the Danforth. Punnily named after Satan (Lou Cifer, get it?), high industrial ceilings, dark wood finishings, plush furniture and subtle pops of cherry red make it an ideal atmosphere to enjoy a pint. Try their sharable jumbo wings, nachos or a selection from the sizeable menu of boozey libations to complete the game-day experience.

Pilot Tavern

22 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5

Despite being located right in the mix of posh Yorkville, The Pilot Tavern is far from pretentious. This chill three-storey venue is legendary for attracting young professionals who want to partake in Yorkville’s happy hour scene and still make next month’s rent. After that big W, your team will want to hit up the rooftop patio. With a capacity of 185, there’s a good chance you’ll score a seat, even on a buzzing summer night. And don’t worry, you can even leave your cleats on.

The Grit Pit, Steel City, The Hammer, The Armpit…Hamiltonians have tirelessly suffered through the underdog label for long enough. Finally, The Big Smoke’s scruffy little cousin is earning the nod for it’s sprawling art scene, craft breweries, culinary creations and photo-worthy landscapes. If you dare make the hour trip west of the 6, you’ll want to check out these Hamilton hotspots. [Image credit: iStock.com/benedek]
Summertime calls for sunny patios with your best pals – and no one loves an outdoor hang quite like your top dog. You know, the four-legged fella who’s always the life of the party. While many restaurants in the city don’t permit animals, these Toronto patios will throw your dog a bone. [Image credit: iStock.com/EzumeImages]
Let’s face it: we don’t all have the luxury of retreating to a summer home in the Muskokas. But we all deserve a cozy escape. For some urbanites, a rustic oasis awaits on a balcony with paper lanterns and an inflatable kiddie pool. Whether you’re goin’ up country or nestling in for a city staycation, these Toronto shops have all the goods to enrich your cottage charm. [Image credit: iStock.com/tpuerzer]
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