Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto on February 1st will see tailgating parties start as early as brunch even though kick off isn't until 6:30pm. Sports fans can catch the big game at bars, pubs and restaurants boasting big screens, buffets, beer specials. For those with HD at home, there are party packages for pick-up or delivery to fuel hordes of sports fans with hoagies, barbecue, pizza and wings.
Here's a roundup of events and at-home party packages for Super Bowl XLIX in Toronto.
WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME
The Dock Ellis (1280 Dundas Street West)
With an influx of new competition, expect sports bars on Dundas to really up their game this year. At the Dock Ellis, find Seattle inspired coffee braised brisket nachos facing off on the menu against New England baked bean nachos. The big game will be shown on 11 TVs plus projectors.
The Contender (1166 Dundas St. West)
There's not a spot in the house without at least one of the dozens of screens in view at this sports bar on Dundas West.
The Derby (1516 Dundas St. West)
Doors open at 5pm to the public, though regulars are being offer choice seats from 4:30pm at this Dundas West sports bar. Expect a paired down menu featuring new wing flavored, chili cheese fries and banquet burgers, plus themed shots, trivia for prizes and a props pool.
Real Sports (15 York Street)
The massive bar with 199 HD TVs is already fully booked for the big game. Bar stools are, however, available to walk-ins on a first come basis and subject to a $10 cover.
Rally Sports Bar (1660 O'Connor Dr.)
Watch the game on 42 TVs or a 180" big screen while enjoying an all you can eat buffet, giveaways and prizes. Reservations are welcome.
Skin + Bones (980 Queen St. East)
The Leslieville restaurant hosts a Super Bowl party and for one night only will offer a sports bar menu featuring a burger, beer nuts and chicken wings. Other highlights include buck a shuck oysters and cheap pints of Nickel Brook's American Pale Ale.
THR & Co. (97 Harbord St.)
Watch Super Bowl XLIX at THR & Co. And enjoy a special snack menu, showcasing dishes like ancho braised beef cheek tacos, sweet & sour pork ribs, and nachos. Drink specials include $5 Budweiser, Coors, and Jack Daniels, and expect prize draws and giveaways.
Lou Dawgs (589 King St. W. and 76 Gerrard St. E.)
Both locations will be showing the game and offering the house lager for $5, Jack Daniels for $4.50, and free nachos and salsa with the purchase of any pitcher. Those looking to enjoy the game from the comfort of home can order the Heat & Serve Cottage Pack, complete with an array of Southern BBQ, buns and sides.
Madison Avenue Pub (14 Madison Ave.)
The Annex pub starts that celebration for sports fans at brunch at 11am. Expect $5 foods specials, $4 domestic beers, and $10 combos featuring a domestic pint with wings or a burger.
Boots 'N Bourbon (725 Queen West)
The east side saloon will feature a country tailgate pig roast for the big game, featuring plenty of games, prizes and beer specials. Doors are at 5pm.
The Loose Moose (146 Front St.)
Expect the game on with sound plus special combos for $20 featuring half a pound of wings, half a pound of ribs, and garlic fries.
Duke's Refresher (382 Yonge St.)
Nine 70" TVs will be showing the game and Bud Light is sponsoring the party. Expect beer specials, toque giveaways and prize draws, along with menu features like massive pulled pork sandwiches.
William's Landing (120 Lynn Williams St.)
Equipped with 18 big screens and two projectors, this pub in Liberty Village host a Firebowl Pig Roast sponsored by Fireball Whiskey. Expect hype girls, whiskey tastings, $3 shots, halftime prizes and of course a spit-roasted pig on the patio.
Hunters Landing (82 Fort York)
The CityPlace bar is doing a $25 all you can eat pig roast buffet at halftime, plus there will be prizing, sampling and contests. Advance tickets are available through the restaurant.
The Office Pub (117 John St.)
Tickets for Super Bowl XLIX are $35 and includes three domestic drinks, an all you can eat buffet offered until 'til half time, a burlesque show, and a chance to win big prizes like a $1000 travel voucher and 50" LED TV.
Mill St. Brew Pub (55 Mill St.)
Catch the game in the Distillery District with big screens, big sound, menu features and prizes. Predict the final score and they'll burn your bill. Reservations accepted.
The Hideout (484 Queen St. W.)
Watch the big game on big screens from comfy couches at this Queen West pub. Sample the chili cook off at half time and take advantage of $4 drink specials.
The Forth (629 Danforth Ave.)
This elegant, multi storey restaurant might seem like an unlikely place to take in the game, but they'll be showing the Super Bowl on two massive projector screens and on flat screens in the bar, For $25, guests can enjoy all-you-can-eat gourmet pub food by new executive chef Zach Albertsen.
TAKE-HOME SUPER BOWL
Momofuku (190 University Ave.)
Large format to-go packages are on offer from Momofuku for the Super Bowl. Order bo ssam for up to 8 people available on 48 hours notice, or, opt for fried chicken that'll feed up to six available for pickup with 24 hours notice.
Presuming you're having a hoard of football enthusiasts over for the game, FBI has assemble massive Super Bowl combos to accommodate. Pre-order delivery now for The Bigger is Better Combo ($130) featuring two 21" pizzas, two dozen wings, three 3 hoagies and 6 cans of pop. Or for $140, skip the pizza now down on four dozen wings and six hoagies.
Pusateri's (multiple locations)
The catering team at this chain of fine food store has put together a tailgating menu featuring fan favourites like Mexican chili, jumbo shrimp and pulled pork sliders. Orders need to be placed 48 hours in advance by calling 416.785.9100, see the full menu online.
Duff's (558 College St).
Per tradition, the wing shop will close the dining room on Sunday to focus entirely on take-out orders. Same day orders are okay but since pick-up times are scheduled in 15 minute intervals it's best to order in advance to ensure they're ready pre kick-off.
Hogtown Smoke (1959 Queen St. E.)
Pre order customizable pig out platters in advance and cheer on your team at home with a spread of smoked ribs, wings and brisket, along with an entourage of sides and sauces.
The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Avenue West)
Chicken and ribs are on every Sunday for pick-up at this smokehouse on St. Clair, just be sure to order yours in advance - they'll surely be in high demand.
Barque (299 Roncesvalles Ave.)
The smokehouse on Roncy boasts a catering division and can cater viewing parties with platters of smoked meats, sandwiches and more.
Where did I miss? Add more Super Bowl spots to the comments below.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO