The city of Toronto is frothing at the mouth for Friday June 11th. The day when patios and some non-essential businesses that have been closed for too long can re-open. People are so crazed for socialization, that people are plotting and planning where they can go. In a fantastic coincidence for many, this opening is also the start of the Euro Cup. If you asked me what it is, I’d say it’s like World Cup but only with teams from Europe.
More formally, it is the European Football Championship. It is a competition for men’s national football teams that are members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Due to the pandemic, it was postponed last year so there is a bit over confusion over the name online. Is it Euro Cup 2020 or 2021? Officially, it is still being called Euro Cup 2020 or UEFA Euro 2020, or just the “Euros”. But this is not a post about soccer so I’ll leave it at that. I’m Canadian so I do use the term soccer. Sorry.
This post is about my excitement over getting out of my condo and seeing my friends and participating in my favourite past time. Eating and drinking! Plus, I get to do this while watching “the beautiful game”. I am part of a diehard soccer watching family and will continue to celebrate the victories and cry over the defeats.
More importantly, I want to get out and support the bars and restaurants in my city so they can earn some money! This opening is really a boon for those with patios or those who have the ability to participate in the city’s scheme of setting up patios on city streets. Personally, I can’t wait to eat and drink outside of my own home and see my friends so we can argue over who’s team is going to win. Right Justine?
So where are you going?
Where to watch:
*Note – At the time of writing, many restaurants/bars are unsure whether they are able to set things up so this list will be updated next week. Euro Cup takes place between June 11 and July 11 2021. List updated on June 14.
Amsterdam BrewHouse (Harbourfront) will have 2 TVs on the patio.
The Aviary (Front St. E and Bayview Ave.) is set up for streaming but no TVs on the patio. Ask the manager for access.
The Bottom Line (Yonge & Front St.) will start showing games on Monday June 14.
Brazen Head Irish Pub (Liberty Village) is showing games on the patio.
Craft Beer Market (Yonge & Adelaide St. has an impressive patio hidden from the main street. They are ready to go on Friday.
Duke of Cornwall (University Ave South of Dundas) will have the patio ready for Friday.
Fox & Fiddle (Fort York Blvd just west of Spadina Ave.) – has 1 TV on the patio.
Jack Astor’s – (Front & York St. near Union Station) will be showing the games starting Friday.
King Taps (King and Bay St.) is ready to welcome you on Friday.
The Queen Anne (Richmond & Peter St.) is still setting up and plans to show games next week.
Scotland Yard Pub (on the Esplanade near St. Lawrence Market) will only be showing games where only England is playing. Interesting…
Shoeless Joe’s Esplanade (on the The Esplanade near St. Lawrence Market) has two large TVS that can be seen from the patio.
Wingporium Etobicoke (Islington Ave. & Titan Rd.) will have 1 TV set up on the patio.
Wingporium Port Credit (Lakeshore W. & Hurontario St.) will set up 2 TVs on their patio.
Wingporium Scarborough (Kingston & Markham Rd.) has brought in a screen and projector for the patio.
Locations that have confirmed they are NOT showing the game but you should go out and enjoy a bevvie or 2 and this great weather:
Against the Grain – located right at Sugar Beach and Corus Quay. You can also pre-order a #picnictogo experience.
Cluny Bistro (Distillery District) will be serving a limited brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 3 pm.
Jack Astor’s Brampton (Queen St & West Dr.)
Kelly’s Landing (Front & Bay St. near Union Station)
Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery (Liberty Village)
LOCAL Public Eatery (Liberty Village)
Queen & Beaver (Yonge and Elm St. just north of the Eaton Centre) This is one of my favourite pubs! They serve a cider that almost tastes like champagne. Almost…
Score on King (King & Church St.)
Shoeless Joe’s Queens Quay (Harbourfront)
Shoeless Joe’s St. Clair (Yonge and St. Clair)
The Works (Brampton)