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Early morning soccer in a pub?

Just wondering if anyone knows a pub in the central-uptown area that might be open for about 8 on Saturday morning so I can catch the Man United - Chelsea game.

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  1. scally wags might be open.

    1. Depending on who you support, you can try The Main Event, just north of Eglinton on the west side of Yonge. It attracts a huge number of soccer fans but I think it is very pro Man-United. Not sure of their hours but it seems to be the go-to place in the area so I would be surprised if they are not open.

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      1. re: Cat123

        It's the current home of the Canadian Man U Supporters Club. It'll be lousy with Man U wankers. I'd avoid the place entirely unless you want to come down with some incurable rash, or maybe hives.

        An Arsenal Fan

        1. re: Scary Bill

          yeah, i don't fraternize with Man U wankers.

      2. Lots of soccer fans go to the Bow & Arrow near Davisville, too. Not sure what time they open, though.

        1. The place for this is Scallywags at Yonge & St Clair.

          They specialize in broadcasting such games at unusual hours. Rugby and F1 racing too...always live via satellite. I've watched live F1 there at 4 a.m.

          Here's their broadcast schedule...

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          1. re: grilledcheese

            That's brilliant. I've long wondered where to go at 7am for F1. Never found a place... until now. Go Lewis Hamilton Go. And thanks.

          2. Thanks for starting this thread...I am a big Man u fan and always wanted to watch a game in Pub with like minded fans....

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            1. re: warlock

              Yep...the Duke of gloucester is the genuine thing...a cultural treasure, i swear..the decor hasn't changed for thirty years..its grungy...GREAT jukebox, really good beer...and the rest...what....you want edible ? THe duke is the pace for soccer, though eat something like a bacon sandwich....but NOT NOT the steak and kidney pie with"flaky" crust - its like armour plating for a LAV,

            2. There's also the Duke of Gloucester at 649 Yonge (between Bloor and Wellesley), for those wanting a more downtown location. They should be open early for this match, as it's a huge one. I find the place a bit divey, and somewhat depressingly "authentic". They serve a greasy, semi-edible breakfast on early-game days.

              That said, I'm so glad Setanta is now available in Canada. It was tough having to go to pubs as a lone woman to watch important games.

              Die, Chelski, die.

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              1. McVeigh's, operated by the McVeigh family. Located at Church and Richmond. There is a soccer fan club that runs out of the premises.

                1. As far as I can tell, 'Wags won't be open. I'll call and check and let you all know!

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                  1. re: LemonLauren

                    Of course they'll be open. They're always open extra-early on weekends for the morning games. The games list on their website isn't always updated. If you don't see the Chelski-ManYoo game there, check back in a couple of days.

                    I don't know about this season, since so many games are now available on Setanta, but in previous seasons Scallys has been standing-room only before 8am for the big games.

                    1. re: TheGloaming

                      i called, and they will be open.

                      "'HAVE YOU EVER SEEN CHELSEA WIN THE LEAGUE...?"

                  2. You could try Amadeu's in Kensington Market. I don't know if they'll be open but it's worth a shot - they do a killer steak & eggs and have some good draught (not that anyone drinks that early, heaven forbid). And there's always a couple of Arsenal fans to keep everyone else in line.