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Best place to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs is Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. But what if the Leafs are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? Check out the best Toronto Maple Leafs bars to watch hockey with other Leaf fans.
Maple Leaf Team History
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team in Canada. They compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The team is a member of the “original six” NHL teams. In fact, it dates back to 1917, when it was called the Toronto Arenas. But that name didn’t last long.
The hockey team changed its name to the Toronto St. Patricks two seasons later. Why did they do that? In fact, they were hoping to attract fans from the growing number of Irish people living in Toronto.
When Conn Smythe, a Canadian businessman, bought the ice hockey team in 1927, he changed its name to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Interestingly, he had fought in the Maple Leaf regiment during World War I. Was that a mere coincidence?
13 Stanley Cups
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won five division championships. But they have never won a conference championship.
However, the Leafs have won more Stanley Cups than any other ice hockey team save one. The Montreal Canadiens have won the coveted trophy 24 times.
While the Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cups, the last one was more than half a century ago. And that was in the 1966-67 season.
Despite their lacklustre record in recent years, the Maple Leafs have a devoted fan base. And they continue to pack Scotiabank Arena, where they play home games.
In fact, Scotiabank Arena was formerly called Air Canada Centre.
As a multi-purpose facility, the arena is home to several sports teams, including the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association.
Where to Watch the Toronto Maple Leafs Play Hockey
Here are some of the best sports bars and restaurants in Toronto, where you can be loud and root for the Leafs.
However, you should call ahead to make sure they will show the game and that the sound will be turned on.
Also, because of COVID-19, some bars might have temporarily or permanently closed.
- Real Sports Bar and Grill – Maple Leaf Square, 15 York Street, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 815-7325. Facebook
- Amsterdam Brewhouse – 245 Queens Quay West, South Building, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 504-1020. Facebook
- Wayne Gretzky’s – 99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 348-0099. Facebook
- Shaky’s – 2255 Bloor Street, West Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 767-0608. Facebook
- The Craft Brasserie and Grille – 107 Atlantic Avenue, Liberty Village, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 535-2337. Facebook
- Earl’s Kitchen and Bar – 150 King Street West Unit 100, Toronto Ontario. Tel: (416) 916-0227. Facebook
- Grossmans Tavern – 379 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 977-7000. Facebook
- Bar Hop – 391 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 352-7476. Facebook
- Wheat Sheaf Tavern – 667 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 504-9912. Facebook
- Scallywags – 11 St. Clair West, Toronto, Ontario. (416) 922-3737. Facebook
- The Loose Moose Tap & Grill – 146 Front Street West, Toronto. (416) 977-8840. Facebook
- The Bottom Line – 22 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 362-7585. Facebook
- Shark Club Bar Grill – 10 Dundas Street E #310, Toronto, Ontario. Tel: (416) 506-0753. Facebook
- The Dock Ellis – 1280 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario. Facebook
- The Ballroom – 145 John Street, Toronto, Ontario. Tel (416) 697-2695. Facebook
Best Maple Leafs Bars in Other Canadian Cities
The following sports bars and restaurants are not necessarily bonafide Maple Leafs hangouts. However, Toronto fans often watch games at them.
Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure they will show the game. Also, ask if the sound will be turned on.
- 17 Mile Pub – 5126 Sooke Road, Sooke, British Columbia. Tel: (250) 642-5942. Facebook –
- Brandy’s at the King – 429 Sundial Pl, Whistler, British Columbia. Tel: (604) 932-5151. STILL OPEN?
- Shark Club Bar Grill – outlets in Calgary, Grand Prairie, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Facebook
- Bar Bifteck – 3702 St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec. Telephone: (514) 844-6211. Facebook
A Word to the Wise
While most of these venues tend to attract Maple Leaf fans on game day, there are no guarantees.
Sometimes they won’t turn on the sound. Other times they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special events.
Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.
Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.
Your Input on Toronto Maple Leafs Bars Wanted
If you have patronized of these Toronto Maple Leafs sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.
For example, you can mention the ambience for Maple Leafs fans. Otherwise, you can discuss the visibility of TV screens. Or the quality of the sound. And don’t forget about the food, the service – whatever!
Also, please let me know if any of these Toronto Maple Leaf watch bars have closed. Or if Toronto ice hockey fans are no longer watching NHL games at them.
In addition, your own recommendations on where to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play will also be greatly appreciated! Most importantly, I am especially interested in Maple Leaf-friendly sports bars in other cities!
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This list of the best Toronto Leafs sports bars is part of a series of posts on sports bars for fans of NHL teams.