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Guide: 11 bars & patios in Toronto to watch the NHL playoffs

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The NHL is back in business, baby! As you might already know, last night a ton of teams arrived in Toronto for the beginning of the Easter conference games. Which means that we are prepped and ready to watch all of ’em live. Now, because of the whole COVID-19 hub situation, we won’t be able to watch from inside the arena. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a celebration or two! A ton of Toronto patios and bars will be airing the games and we are more than here for it.

Here are 10 of the best patios & places to catch the NHL in Toronto.

OASIS AT GRETZKY’S

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This spot is literally named after a hockey legend. So it’d be pretty insane if they weren’t airing the NHL playoffs this year. But lucky for us, they are. They’re sprawling patio is chock full of TVs to catch the action from every angle.

Where: 99 Blue Jays Way

THE DOCK ELLIS

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They’ve got plenty of TV real estate, but there’s also foosball, shuffleboard, and pool to entertain you during intermission. Food is super reasonably priced and the beer list is solid!

Where: 1280 Dundas St W

HEMMINGWAYS

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This Yorkville hotspot is the go-to for all kinds of bar eats. Their rooftop patio is the perfect place to catch a game or two. Plus, you can wash it all down with one of their signature cocktails. Sounds like an ideal night to us!

Where: 142 Cumberland St

NORTHERN MAVERICK

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Sip on one of this spot’s signature brews while enjoying the game at your next visit. They’ve got more on tap than you could dream of. Plus, you can stop by before the game for their happy hour Mondays through Fridays at 3 PM-5 PM. They’re offering $5 snacks and amazing drink specials. Cheers!

Where: 115 Bathurst St

THE PILOT

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Who doesn’t love a good drink on the Flight Deck? Yup, this famous Yorkville patio is also going to quickly become a go-to spot for catching NHL games. Just head on up to their rooftop patio and let the fun begin.

Where: 22 Cumberland St

817 SPORTS BAR & GRILL

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Can’t forget this classic Toronto Sports Bar. They’re a staple for catching games in regular times, so it’s no surprise they’ve adapted to new COVID-19 regulations. Hit up their patio for the best bar snacks to accompany your NHL viewing experience.

Where: 817 Queen St W

ESCAPE GOAT

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What can we say? This place is the ultimate G.O.A.T. See what we did there? It’s a play on their name. Anyway… This Toronto patio is prepped and ready to welcome to aboard for one of the best NHL viewing experiences in the city. Nab your seat and get comfy with one of their many brews on tap or a delicious app. We recommend trying their crispy cauliflower. It’s a deep-fried delight that you can almost pretend is healthy…

Where: 1510 Queen St W

KING TAPS

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This classic Toronto spot is setting up their TVs on their patio as we speak. Settle in with one of their brews on tap and a couple of apps. And get ready to enjoy all the NHL action. Cheers!

Where: 100 King St W

THE AVIARY 

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You can’t go wrong with this Front Street Spot. They may be known for their baseball-esque theme. But they’re certainly prepped to make the adjustments for hockey. Stop by and enjoy some delicious ballpark nachos, wings, or a delicious draught beer. The possibilities are endless!

Where: 484 Front St E

LOCAL PUBLIC EATERY

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This Liberty Village spot is the perfect place to catch the game. They’ve got a ton of brews lined up for you to enjoy while you watch. Plus, loads of delicious bar snacks to match. There’s really no downside to this place, y’all.

Where: 100-171 Liberty St E

THE DRAKE SKY YARD

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Who said watching the game couldn’t be a classy affair? Spruce things up at this delicious Toronto patio. The ambience here is a little more upscale than the other spots on this list. But that doesn’t mean the NHL playoffs won’t be just as exciting. So stop by here for all your hockey celebrations.

Where: 1150 Queen St W

So which of these incredible patios will you be hitting once the NHL resumes? We think we’ll try all of ’em. See ya there!