Arts and Entertainment are loose terms in these progressive times but it’s universally conclusive that the Superbowl doesn’t fall under the arts category, so we’ll chalk it up to some form of entertainment. While football scholars we’re not, imbibers we are. Superbowl is a fun night out, whether you watch the game or not. The halftime show alone is reason enough to spare yourself from water-cooler fomo, so here, we have concocted a concise list of our top favourite sporty haunts to catch the big game, or just eat and get caught up in all the action.
This King Street bar boasts some of the best pizzas in all the city, and a serious list of beers to wash it all down with. Bar snacks are beyond basic and easy to share, but opt in for a double order or the Crispy Sushi, it’s addictive. TV’s dot throughout the two floor space, making it a top spot to catch the game, and cruise the crowd. A fave among celebrities and sports heroes, King Taps is a solid pick for the Superbowl, but really more importantly, the social scene between plays.
MACHO RADIO BAR
This neat spot is practically kitty-corner to Skydome (yeah, I said it), which puts it in a prime sporty location, and while the game isn’t being played here in the 6, being around that sort of macho energy can’t hurt. MRB has a fun rec-room vibe, meaning if the game tanks or your team is losing you can drown yourself in a few margaritas before taking out all your sorrow on one of their arcade games. Tacos are on point, but buck conventions and have the Kale Salad, one of the city’s best. Drink specials cover the spread, $2.50 rail, $5 draft beers, $15 pitchers up for grabs. And word on the street is there’s going to be piñatas too. I mean c’mon! What football game?!
The bro scene is poured on thick here, the words meat and market come to mind, but if you’re into the game and sportier side of yelling at TV’s, this is your clubhouse. Sports fans come for the game, smeared across some of Toronto’s largest screens, with stock market style ticker tape running the room in case you’re curious about any games stupid enough to go against the same time slot as the football game. Bountiful beers, cocktails and wines level the playing field for everyone- this place is great for groups. Food menu is big and bold too, and all seafood safely falls into the Ocean Wise program, an important ethos to Culinary Director Chris Zielinski who oversees the ACC and adjacent properties menus.
Liberty Village has been soaking in the beer hall scene since The Craft opened in 2015, offering village beer lovers over 100 taps to tempt them away from their French Bulldogs and tidy condos. The restaurant is massive, broken up into a few rooms giving it a living room vibe, perfect for lounging for hours watching the game unfold. The beers pair well with the pub grub menu, so definitely come hungry.
Considering the Pat’s (they’re playing, I looked it up) are playing in the Superbowl (again) you can bet Mark Wahlberg is feeling some good vibrations at the prospect of his team winning, again. Celebrate Mark’s team, and his potential vibrations, at the unofficial “Pats Central” in Toronto. Wahlburgers will be cooking up their very own Patriots-themed burger, if it has anything to do with Mark (or Tom Brady) it’ll be no doubt delicious.