70+ Vancouver pubs are holding Whitecaps watch parties this month

Jul 8 2020, 10:27 pm

At long last, live sports are ready to return, Vancouver.

The Vancouver Whitecaps will become the first professional team in the city to return to play during the pandemic next week.

The MLS is Back tournament kicks off tonight, but the Whitecaps will have to wait until Wednesday, July 15, for their opener against the San Jose Earthquakes.

All matches will take place at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, without fans in attendance. Back home in Vancouver, supporters will have the opportunity to enjoy watch parties at more than 70 local pubs, the Whitecaps announced on Wednesday.

“All establishments will be abiding by physical distancing and health regulations,” the team said in a media release. “Fans are encouraged to call ahead as space may be limited.”

Dubbed “Watch it Live,” the Whitecaps say this initiative supports Tourism Vancouver’s #VancouverComeBack program to help rejuvenate the city and its businesses.

“We have been thrilled to connect the Vancouver Whitecaps FC viewing party opportunity to our restaurant, hotel and hospitality businesses,” said Candice Gibson, marketing manager for Tourism Vancouver. “We all have a role to play in stimulating business and encouraging people to be part of #VancouverComeBack. What better way than through our beloved sports teams.”

All participating pubs will broadcast every Whitecaps match for the duration of the tournament. The Whitecaps recommend confirming with each location that they will have the sound of the game on.

The Whitecaps have two group stage matches scheduled, both beginning at 7:30 pm PT:

  • Wednesday, July 15: Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes
  • Monday, July 20: Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC

A total of 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage, which begins on July 25. That’s when the tournament turns to a single match elimination format, until a champion is crowned on August 11.

Here’s the list of participating pubs, at the time of publishing:

The GPO Bar 136 W Cordova St
Roxy Burger 910 Granville St
White Spot 405 Dunsmuir St
Donnellans Pub 1082 Granville St
Shenanigans 1225 Robson St
Rose and Crown 1203 56th St
Darbys 2001 Macdonald St
Steamworks 375 Water St
Original Joes 298 Robson St
Park Drive 1815 Commercial Dr
Rusty’s Sports Bar 1525 Dilworth Dr, Kelowna
London Pub 700 Main St
Belmont Hotel 654 Nelson St
Frankies Kitchen & Bar 765 Beatty St
Begbies Tavern 609 Columbia St, New Westminster
Free Bird Table and Bar 5991 Alderbridge Way, Richmond
Sneakers Pub 2250 Yale Crt, Abbotsford
Jack Lonsdale Pub 1433 Lonsdale Ave
St Augustine 2360 Commercial Dr
The Village Taphouse 900 Main St, West Vancouver
Fox and Hound Pub 26444 32 Ave, Aldergrove
Barley Mill Pub 2460 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton
Dublin Calling 900 Granville St
Colony Kitsilano 3255 W Broadway
Colony Main St 2904 Main St
Colony Northwoods 2100 Dollarton Hwy
Colony Entertainment District 965 Granville St
Rogue Gastown 601 W Cordova St
Rogue Broadway 602 W Broadway
12 King’s Pub 395 Kingsway
Lions Pub 888 W Cordova St
Black Bear 1177 Lynn Valley Rd, N Van
Local Kitsilano 2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5
Browns Socialhouse Kitsilano 2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8
Major League 2 Pub 45768 Gaetz St, Chilliwack
Browns Socialhouse QE Theatre 675 Cambie St
Abruzzo Cappucino Bar 1321 Commercial Dr
Belgian Fries 1885 Commercial Dr
Andina Brewing Company 1507 Powell St
Sailor Hagars 86 Semisch Ave, North Vancouver
The Pint 455 Abbott St
The Red Lion Bar & Grill 2427 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Shark Club 180 W Georgia St
Elwoods 3357 W Broadway
Yaggers Sports Bar – Downtown 433 W Pender St
Yaggers Sports Bar – Kits 2884 W Broadway, Vancouver
Carlos O’Bryans 1774 W 7th Ave
Ballyhoo 103-888 Burrard St
Cinema 901 Granville St
3 Brits 1780 Davie St
Sing Sing 2178 Main St
Lamplighter 92 Water St
Brass Fish 385 Burrard St
Irish Times Pub 1200 Government St, Victoria
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar 762 Cambie St
Browns Socialhouse Langley Centre UNIT B101-20065 LANGLEY BYPASS, LANGLEY, BC V3A 8R6
Henry Public House 5708 176th Street Cloverdale, BC V3S 4E3
Urban Fare 1133 Alberni St
One Under 476 Granville Street Vancouver V6C 1V4
Townhall Public House 19640 64 Ave, Langley
Devils Elbow 562 Beatty St
Baselines Pub 8233 166 St, Surey
Malones 608 W Pender St
The Cambie Bar & Grill 300 Cambie St
Dublin Crossing 101-18789 Fraser Hwy, Surrey
Junior’s Pub & Grill 1601 Commercial Dr
Kingswood Pub 9371 No 5 Rd, Richmond, BC V7A 4E1
New India Buffet & Bar 901 W Broadway
Cat & Fiddle Pub 1979 Brown St, Port Coquitlam
BierCraft – Commercial 1191 Commercial Dr
Wings Pub and Grill 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill 4760 Inglis Dr, Richmond

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