They did it! The Toronto Maple Leafs have advanced to the second round of the playoffs and will be facing the Florida Panthers. Whether you want to join the fun in Maple Leaf Square or watch the action with a cold drink in front of the big screen, these are the best spots to watch Leafs playoff games in Toronto this year.
And as we do every year, we’ll be rocking our blue and white and heading to our nearest viewing party to cheer them on.
Check out this list of tailgate parties, viewing celebrations, and top-notch sports bars, and start making your playoff plans.
Every playoff game, Maple Leaf Square outside of Scotiabank Arena transforms into a massive tailgate party and game-viewing celebration, complete with entertainment, exclusive giveaways, live DJ shows, and special guests, as well as food and boozy beverage offerings.
And as the Leafs enter the second round, the tailgate party will be expanding to add another viewing zone. The extension will run along Bremner Boulevard from York Street to Lower Simcoe Street. Fans can watch all the action via two extra big screens. Admission is free but you’ll need to reserve your ticket online ahead of time to make sure you can join in on all the fun.
Where: 15 York St
Toronto’s largest and most colourful patio has been throwing viewing parties these last few games and they will definitely host one tonight – complete with a massive viewing screen, food, drinks, swag, and surprises. You can reserve a spot either at RV East, hosted by Pai, Selva, and The Fifth Social Club, or RV West hosted by The Ballroom.
Where: 229 Richmond St West
With the Leafs now in the playoffs, this restaurant and bar located right across the street from Scotiabank Arena is throwing a bash after every home game. Enjoy the action on the big screen and the new menu from the sleek dining room or the outdoor patio, then stay for the post-game DJ show.
Where: 15 York St
Centrally located near Union Station, The Bottom Line is described as “Toronto’s classiest sports bar” with over 55 TV screens, making it the ideal spot to catch a game. It’s owned and operated by a former NHL player, and according to the bar, you might spot Leafs players and renowned athletes here when you stop by. You can book a seat at the bar for a front-row view of the action, or reserve a table for you and a few friends.
Where: 22 Front St W
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RS is easily one of the most popular spots to catch a game in the whole city, and they’re throwing viewing parties during the Leafs’ playoff run. There are around 200 TVs in this sprawling sports bar, and during the playoffs, you’ll get to enjoy an interactive game experience with exclusive giveaways, guest appearances, and more.
Where: 15 York St
This spot has a rooftop patio and loads of brews on tap. That’s the perfect combination! And if the game happens to take place during happy hour, you’ll get to enjoy all kinds of great food and drink deals. Just be sure to book a reservation ahead of time!
Where: 100 King St W
This spot is known as one of Toronto’s favourite sports bars for a reason — ample TVs to watch the game, plus foosball, shuffleboard, and pool to entertain you during intermission. Plus, the food is super reasonably priced and the beer list is solid.
Where: 1280 Dundas St W
The Northern Maverick is a classic spot for sports viewing in Toronto. Which makes it perfect for the Leafs playoffs! Re-live the championships of years past here in Toronto and root for our NHL team at this delicious spot.
Where: 115 Bathurst St