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Where to Watch the World Cup in Toronto

By Suresh Doss
June 9, 2014

No matter which of the 32 teams you're rooting for this World Cup season, there's a bar for you in Toronto. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, we flaunt and celebrate our diversity as we hop from bar to bar to catch each game, from Little Italy to Mexican taquerias to British pubs. Here, we've put together a handy guide outlining where you'll want to spend the next month if you're a hard-core soccer fan. Did we miss your favourite soccer spot? Let us know in the comments.

  • For Italy

    Your best bet is to head to Little Italy (College/Bathurst to Ossington) for some prime game-watching. Not to mention that Taste of Italy will be taking place this Saturday when Italy plays England. 

    The top bars to hit are:

    Cafe Diplomatico (large 250 seat patio, stick with the pizzas)
    594 College St., 416-534-4637

    Bar Italia
    582 College St. 416-535-3621

    Il Gato Nero (make reservations ahead of time)
    720 College St., 416-536-3132

    Also hot in Little Italy:

    For Craft beer and fried chicken
    Monarch Tavern
    12 Clinton., 416-531-5833

    For one of the biggest screens in town
    The Mod Club
    722 College St., 416-588-4MOD

    (photo from Cafe Dip website)

  • For France

    Head to King West; all the World Cup action will be on Restaurant Row.

    Zazou
    315 King St. W., 416-591-8800

    Le Saint Tropez
    315 King St. W., 416-591-3600

    Also check out:

    East Thirty-Six
    36 Wellington St E., 647-350-3636

    Realsports (this will be a go-to destination for Downtown soccer fans)
    15 York St., 416-815-7325

  • For Germany

    There will be plenty of currywurst and sausages to go around during the World Cup. Here are our top picks for where you can check out the games if you're a fan of Germany:

    Das Gast Haus (call ahead and reserve)
    104 Danforth Ave., 647 352-5044

    The Musket
    40 Advance Rd., 416-231-6488

    Wvrst
    609 King St. W., 416-703-7775

  • For Brazil

    Brazil is hosting the World Cup this time around, but you already knew that. We think the best place to party will be the newly opened Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse with big screens, and over 20 cuts of grilled meat.

    Other options:

    Lula Lounge
    1585 Dundas Street W., 416-588-0307

    Rio 40
    1256 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-654-6363

    Brazillian Star
    1242 Dundas St. W., 416-588-2967

    (photo from Copa Cabana Website)

  • For Switzerland

    The Swiss will once again be cheering on in Midtown Toronto at the Rushton.

    Rushton
    740 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-7874

    Also check out:

    The Piper's Pub and Grill
    782 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON

    Fox and Fiddle
    1535 Yonge St., 416-967-3400

  • For Spain

    Expect to find all the hard-core Spain supporters at the Fox and the Fiddle on Bloor West. This will be the HQ for team Espana.

    Fox and Fiddle
    280 Bloor St. W., 416-966-4369

    Also check out:

    Corks in Longo's at Maple Leaf Square
    15 York St., 416-366-1717

    The Hideout
    484 Queen St. W., 647-438-7664

  • For Iran

    Banu has been the go-to place for Iranian football fans. The restaurant will once again host the games, and you can enjoy watching with plenty of grilled meats. P.S. Get the cow tongue sandwich.

    Banu
    777 Queen St. W., 416-777-2268

    Also check out:

    Hart House (All games will be televised)
    7 Hart House Cir., 416-978-2452

  • For Netherlands

    The Dutch will be setting up in Liberty Village at School Bakery, chowing down on coconut pancakes and fried chicken while rooting for the team.

    School Bakery Cafe
    70 Fraser Ave., 416-588-0005

    Also check out:

    The Ossington (Chef Justin Go just announced that he has a special Dutch feast planned for the games)
    61 Ossington Ave. 

    Betty's
    240 King St. E., 416-368-1300

    Hemingway's
    142 Cumberland St., 416-968-2828

    Against the Grain - Leaside
    87 Laird Dr., 647-748-2840

  • For England

    Footie fans, you're in luck. You have the best seat in the house - dozens of pubs across the city will be airing the games. Our top picks:

    Bristol curry house: The newest in town, try one of the curries
    1087 Queen St. W., 647-716-6583

    Scallywags 
    11 St Clair Ave. W., 416-922-3737

    The Queen and Beaver Public House
    35 Elm St., 647-347-2712

    Football Factory
    164 Bathurst St., 416-368-4625

    Opera Bob's Public House
    1112 Dundas St. W., 416-536-5585

    Ossington Bar Back Room
    61 Ossington Ave., 416-850-0161

    Keating Channel Pub and Grill
    2 Villiers St., 416-572-0030

    The Dog and Bear
    1100 Queen St. W., 647-352-8601

    (photo from Bristol Yard)

  • For USA

    Team USA will be out in full at the Office Pub in the Downtown Core. This is the HQ and where you'll have a strong contingent of soccer fans. Three floors, three patios and a whopping 32 HD screens. 

    The Office Pub
    117 John St., 416-977-1900

    Also check out:

    Turf Lounge (quieter, in the Financial Core)
    330 Bay St., 416-367-2111

    Against the Grain - Harbourfront 
    25 Dockside Dr., 647-344-1562

    Loose Moose (for a good craft beer list)
    46 Front St. W., 416-977-8840

    Duke of Gloucester
    649 Yonge St., 416-961-9704

  • For Latin America

    King West Valdez has decked out the multilevel restaurant with HD screens for the World Cup. We're guessing that this will be the Latin American stronghold. Chef Steve Gonzalez is mum about the menu but expect lots of street-food specials and drinks to go along with the games.
    606 King St. W., 416-363-8388

    Also check out:

    Milagro
    5 Mercer St., 416-850-2855

    El Rincon
    653 St. Clair W., 416-656-1059

    Sazón del Pacifico
    2848 Dufferin St., 416-784-9080

  • For Portugal

    Here are our top picks if you're on team Portugal for the games this time around.

    Bairrada Churrasqueira
    1000 College St., 416-539-8239

    Amadeus
    184 Augusta Ave., 416-591-1245

    Lifetime Sports Bar
    818 College St., 647-748-6787

    Churrasqueira Beira Mar
    995 Weston Rd., 416-767-1433

  • For Korea

    Your best bet is to head to Koreatown (Bloor West between Christie and Bathurst) for some soccer action.

    Also check out:

    Korean Canadian Cultural Association
    1133 Leslie St., North York

    (photo from Wikipedia)

  • For Nigeria, Cote d'ivoire and Cameroon

    Harlem Restaurant is celebrating World Cup fever by cheering on their favourite African squads. 

    Also check out:

    Team Cameroon
    Yauca’s Lounge
    755 Dovercourt Rd., 416-536-3535

    Team Nigeria
    The Suya Spot
    12 Bradstock Rd.

    Team Ghana
    Panafest Sports Bar
    2708 Jane St.

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