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Hockey rivalry aside, the Toronto Raptors have a chance to bring the NBA Championships to Canada for the first time and our Ontario neighbours might hear us yelling “olé” from across the border.
Game 1 takes off at 9 pm on Thursday and you can bet your shiniest dollar that Scotiabank Arena and Jurassic Park will be going wild for the Raptors first ever appearance in the NBA Finals.
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In facing the reigning back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors, the Raptors certainly have a tough
court course ahead, but that’s the beauty of sports.
If you’re looking to get out and support Canada’s basketball team as they embark on a historic series, these Montreal spots might be the go-to spot to catch all the action.
Chez Serge is known for being a great spot to watch hockey games and since they’ve switched their focus to the NBA, nobody’s complaining.
A great atmosphere, good drinks, prize giveaways, and jumbo screens makes this bar a great option to check out the Raptors.
They also have a mechanical bull that patrons can ride — which would be more fun if Toronto were playing Chicago, but hey, it’ll have to do.
Address: 4281 St-Laurent
Hours: 5 pm – 3 am
It’s tough to compete with a bar that claims to have the biggest projection screen in the entire city. And, after seeing it, it’s even tougher to argue.
1909 is an affiliated sports bar with the Montreal Canadiens so you know they know how to do sports on the big stage.
Address: 1280 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal
Hours: 11:30 am – 12 am
Known for hosting wild bands and big bashes, Turbo Haüs won’t shy away when it comes to the Raptors in the NBA Finals.
They’re projecting the entire series on a huge projector, with drink specials in a classy yet vibrant atmosphere.
Address: 2040 St-Denis
Hours: 5 pm – 3 am
If you’re looking for a more intimate (but equally Raptors-proud) spot to soak in the game, give Junior a go.
Imagine watching Kawhi and the boys while scarfing down some decadent Filipino food? Junior will be showing the game with full sound and a few draught beer deals to boot.
Address: 1964 Notre-Dame
Hours: 5 pm – 10 pm
Their beer and spirit list may not impress you but the number of televisions will. They have over 150 TVs in the restaurant and yes, that’s included the ones in the restrooms as well.
If you don’t want to miss a second of action, the massive bar will be packed full of basketball fans in a hyped atmosphere.
Address: 2051 Ste. Catherine Ouest
Hours: 7 am – 2 am
If you don’t imagine yourself watching The Finals at a sports bar, consider Taverne on the Square. They’ll be showing the game at their bar as well as the lounge while boasting a tasty wing special.
Because nothing says NBA Finals like wings, especially inexpensive ones.
Address: 1 Westmount Square
Time: 6 pm – 11 pm
Four litre pitchers of beer, dozens of TVs, and inexpensive food. Need we say more?
Address: 6910, rue St-Jaques
Hours: 6 am to 3 am
Bruno Sports Bar is a dive spot that rises to the occasion during big sports events. If you’re looking for a smaller spot that boasts big energy, Bruno should be on your radar. Likewise should their hot panini sandwich.
Address: 313 Beaubien Est
Hours: 8 am – 3 am
Besides making great cocktails, Bar Monsieur Ricard is a good alternative for fans who want to check out The Finals from outside. Their street-side terrace features outer views of the game as well as sound – the best of both worlds.
Address: 4543 Park Avenue
Hours: 10 am – 3 am
Champs features three floors of sports, most of which will be focused on The Raptors. The resto-bar hosts daily deals on pub grub and drinks in a busy atmosphere.
Address: 3956 St-Laurent
Hours: 10 am – 3 am
Known for their tasty cocktails and pub grub bites, Moose Bawr’s rustic decor is a good spot for the casual basketball fan.
Moose Bawr won’t compete with a sports bar’s TV quantity but it’s a great spot for bandwagon fans.
Address: 1817 Ste. Catherine
Hours: 10:30 am – 3 am
If you can’t sit still while watching The Finals, Unison Bar has a plethora of pool tables to keep you busy during the game. They’ll be showing the entire series on their giant TVs with sound.
Address: 3500 Côte-Vertu
Hours: 11 am – 3 am
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