FIELD GOAL The swank Bottom Line Restaurant and Bar is at the epicentre of all that is holy to Toronto sports fans. Just steps away from the Hockey Hall of Fame and Toronto’s major sporting venues such as the Air Canada Centre and the Rogers Centre, this Bay Street fixture is ground zero for celebrity sightings.
TRIFECTA The distinguished Turf Lounge hosts the world’s racetracks amidst the urban decadence of vaulted ceilings and elegant decor. It has two private dining rooms and multiple monitors and plasma screens that capture some of the world’s fastest thoroughbreds.
ALL-STAR GAME Watching hockey at Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant is like rooting for your team in the presence of greatness. The upscale sports bar and restaurant doubles as a museum-like tribute to number 99, Canada’s living hockey legend.
GAME TIME With more than 50 televisions and two big screens, the Harbour Sports Grille is a magnet for Toronto’s most ardent sports fans regardless of stripe or game. The bar caters to a wide audience—from families to corporate parties—and has weekly poker tournaments.
PLAIN SAILING With 10 projection screens and five televisions, Grace O’Malley’s Restaurant and Bar serves up Ireland’s Guinness beer with Canada’s obsession for ice hockey. The pub grub menu trots the globe from Kobe burgers to quesadillas in a culinary tribute to the bar’s infamous namesake: a fierce noblewoman twice widowed, twice imprisoned and condemned for piracy.
BOWLED OVER The trendy Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery Historic District is a sport- and beer-friendly environment with an award-winning, in-house microbrewery that dates back to the 1870s.
BANK ON IT The much celebrated Irish Embassy Pub & Grill shows stock options and the game on four plasma screens in an imposing 19th-century bank building.
WING IT From the Super Bowl to the FIFA World Cup, the British-style Fox and Fiddle airs some of the world’s epic sporting events at seven Toronto locations. It also dishes out 12 different flavours of wings—from spicy-sweet pineapple curry to tongue-swelling “suicide” options.
TIME OUT The relaxed Foxes Den Bar and Grill on Bay Street is tucked in between high-end boutiques, museums and galleries, but caters to Toronto’s more laid back sports fans.
ON STAND BY While not a true sports bar, the Esplanade Bier Markt screens major hockey games against a culinary backdrop of brewery-inspired cuisines. If you don’t go for the game, go for the sheer variety of more than 100 beers at this upscale watering hole.
The Toronto Blue Jays are back for another season with Vernon Wells leading the lineup. See The 126-Million-Dollar Man for more about the superstar centre-fielder.—Gaya Arasaratnam