Where to Watch a Jays Game
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Where to Watch a Jays Game

So you don't have tickets to the game and haven't had cable TV in years. Here are some bars where you can root, root for the home team.

Welcome, bandwagon jumpers!

Don’t worry, you’re among friends—the only people who would click through to this article are those who have only recently considered the concept of going to a bar to watch the Jays game. Your secret’s safe with us.

If you’ve only just now developed a case of Jays fever—and really, with how they’re playing, who can blame you?—but you’re not willing to shell out for scalper price (all the remaining regular season games are sold out), you’re going to need a place to congregate to drink and cheer on your personal MVP (that’s Josh Donaldson).

Here’s a list of the best Toronto locales to watch the Jays action, starting with tonight’s much-anticipated game against the New York Yankees, who are the only challengers left to the Jays for the AL East crown.

Real Sports Bar & Grill
15 York Street

If you’re looking for a place to watch a legendary sporting event, the Real Sports Bar is for you—mostly because it features TV screens the size of your house. Voted the number one sports bar in North America, and weighing in with a total of 199 TVs (the largest a staggering 39-foot tall HD TV), it’s as much an experiment in the human capacity for over-stimulation as it is what could be possibly be conceived as a bar. The bar has 129 taps serving up 40 different brews [PDF]—you know, in case you really can’t decide what you want. There’s no better place to get caught up in a game—and realistically, somewhere it might actually be impossible to miss a single minute.

Hoops Sports Bar & Grill
125 Bremner Boulevard

While this list is quickly proving that sports bars are often not so original in their nomenclature, the Hoops Sports Bar & Grill can’t be beat for location. Directly across from the SkyDome Rogers Centre, if you don’t feel like paying inordinate amounts of cash for a stadium beer, this bar provides a place to watch the game, where you can actually hear the crowd cheering. Plus, if you change your mind halfway through the action, you can always hop across the street and get a ticket from a scalper at a discount.

Amsterdam Brewhouse
245 Queens Quay West

If you’re looking for somewhere less excessively sports-themed, the Amsterdam Brewhouse is a nice choice. Again, it’s close to the stadium so you can keep up with the excitement, but it’s significantly less flashy than many of the other options on this list, and you can safely take a less-enthusiastic date without fear of overwhelming him or her with Jays fervour. Other highlights include the lakeside view and onsite brewing facilities—if you’re looking to make a night of it, you can book a tour of the brewery before you head in to watch the game.

The Ballroom
145 John Street

If you’re looking to watch the Jays but not willing to centre your whole night on it, head to The Ballroom. It’s on the pricey side, but the bar-come-activity centre features a dizzying number of options that range from bowling to Xbox. So if things take a turn for the worse in the last few innings, you can numb your pain with beer and Ping-Pong.

Opera Bob’s Public House
1112 Dundas Street West

Opera Bob’s is an excellent spot if you haven’t yet gone public with your newfound Jays fandom. Out on Dundas West, away from the hubbub of the downtown scene, you can watch the game in a relaxed atmosphere where fans are engaged in what’s happening on screen, but maybe not enough to yell about it all that loudly. The bar features “Blue Jay Game Day Specials,” and $5 pints from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on weekdays.

The Dock Ellis

1280 Dundas Street West

If you’re bar hopping along Dundas West and want to stop in and catch the score, The Dock Ellis—named for the Pittsburgh Pirate who pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD—is a solid spot at which to do so. Along with other fans you’ll find craft beers and foosball tables with which to entertain yourself (you know, if Pillar’s catches just aren’t doing it for you).