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UFC 100 tonight - Good place to watch downtown?

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SocksManly Jul 11, 2009 10:03 AM

Where's the best place to watch a UFC event?

  1. Googs Jul 11, 2009 12:14 PM

    With credit to duckdown for providing the link to all establishments licensed to show the match, hit this and then go to the Ontario page:
    http://www.canadastarboxing.com/cstar...

    Of these, I'd probably go with Prohibition.

    Now if only someone would set up a website for open wheel racing fans.

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      SocksManly Jul 11, 2009 01:14 PM

      Wow what a resource, thank you!

      We decided on Elephant and Castle on King, hope we get a good view.. They allowed us a reservation and the area was right, but I haven't been.

      1. re: SocksManly
        gregclow Jul 11, 2009 01:22 PM

        If you enjoy places with poor-to-mediocre food in a fake British pub atmosphere, then you'll love the Elephant and Castle.

        1. re: gregclow
          Googs Jul 11, 2009 01:27 PM

          Oh snap baby!

          Socks, you may know this already, but Mr Clow knows his way around the pubs. (And so much more, Greg. Yes I appreciate you.)

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            SocksManly Jul 11, 2009 10:56 PM

            The food was bad, but it wasn't too crowded like the other sports bars would be, and we got there early enough for prime seating, so that was most important.

            The sound was loud, very loud, and the highs were ear piercing... Toooo much treble.

            Other than that, I guess it was okay... At least we got reservations, that was the important part. Everything else could suffer as long as we could sit and watch without too many annoyances. I would give the night a C+, propelled by a good card and exciting fights.

            And hey, add something.. Where should I go next time? I'd love to find a place that makes me want to go back time and time again

            :)

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              jayseeca Jul 12, 2009 08:48 AM

              I went to Tobys (for convenience) and it was pretty crowded, but they had several huge tvs and noise wasn't a huge issue.
              i wasn't expecting much for the food but it was probably one of the worst meals i've had in the last year.

              1. re: SocksManly
                gregclow Jul 12, 2009 02:49 PM

                Since I don't have any interest in UFC, I don't really pay attention to which places air it and which ones don't. But I do know that the Shoeless Joe's around the corner from my place on King just east of Dufferin shows it, and as far as sports bars go, it's an OK place. The food isn't stellar, but their wings are very good, and while the tap selection isn't that great for a beer snob like me, they've got Rickards White and Guinness, both of which will do in a pinch.

                Oh, and thanks for the props, Googs. Nice to be appreciated... :)

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                  JennaBean Jun 15, 2010 09:41 AM

                  Prohibition is my local and it appears they have a pretty good set-up for UFC. Four tv's around the bar. Two other random TVs and then a big screen projection. Last fight was a $5.00. As well I think they take reservations.

                  The food is just ok but they have a good selection of beverages.

        2. Muffin__Top Jul 12, 2009 06:56 AM

          Honestly I just bought the PPV for UFC 100 knowing that it was way too popular with GSP in the mix and all the bars would be crowded

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            SocksManly Mar 27, 2010 04:37 PM

            It's that time again.. Any new recommendations? :)

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              elvisahmed Jun 14, 2010 01:41 PM

              I guess we are limited in option when it comes to watching UFC and having good food.
              I have tried these venues in downtown so here is my take on them
              Harbour Sports grill and Bar (it has 5$ cover but I like it for really cold days as I live in the building right on top) Food is so so but they do have Stella on tap. I tried the meat balls and they were very average. It is usually packed so reserve in advance if you are in a large group. The feed is unfortunately in Low Def even though they have HDTV`s
              Shoeless Joe`s on Queens Quay under the Radisson (backup spot for as its easier to get a place there) Very average chicken wings but the service is good. Again the feed is in low def despite the HDTV`s. Poor selection of beer on draft in my opinion (good value for a Big Foster on draft)
              Hoops on Bremmer (The cover is 10$!!!) I never tried going for UFC there. I have eaten the fish and chips there and they were OK. Seems like a nice setup and I think they show it in HD but I have never tried it as the cover just put me off. I tried fish and chips which were Ok and they had Stella on tap.
              Hooters I watched the last event for UFC there so you got me there :) Stella on draft which is good and the wings weren`t bad. The Sampler platter was a good combo in my opinion. Again the feed was Low Def (SDTV) despite the HDTVs.
              North York area I have tried Frikin. Not a good experience and packed like most of the places in North York Sheppard/Yonge area. Again the feed is in Low Def. Food was awful.
              Ended up at Bistro on Dufferin when all the places were packed in North York. Food was good (beef ribs and wings) Stella on tap. They again showed SDTV boradcast on HDTV (a big no no in my opinion) One of the better places for food in my opinion for UFC but teh screens are limited and the place is packed.
              For UFC 114 we ended up at Jack Astors in Vaughan. I think it was great. The Vibe and the setup. The feed was thankfully in HDTV with a nice multi screen display. The steak was a good value for under 20$ in my opinion.

              1. re: SocksManly
                Googs Jun 15, 2010 05:21 AM

                Looking at the latest list and taking my best guesses, I'd try:

                Cam's Place
                Prohibition
                Ritz Caribbean
                Wheat Sheaf (good wings, cheap beer)

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                Ritz Caribbean
                606 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Z3, CA

                Cam's Place
                2655 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

                1. re: Googs
                  Googs Jun 15, 2010 05:32 AM

                  The missing link(s).

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                  Prohibition
                  696 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                  Wheat Sheaf Tavern
                  667 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M9, CA

                  1. re: Googs
                    elvisahmed Jul 4, 2010 03:19 PM

                    I got to try Elephant and castle on King Street (opposite Roy Thompson Hall) for the last event. Great Beer selection and lots of varieties that are not that common here on tap (Sapporo, Hoogarden etc.) The main I tried was awful and again the feed was in low def. But lotsa screens and a good backup place if you can't get a spot in your regular spot.

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                      Gary Jul 4, 2010 04:04 PM

                      Ritz on Lower Jarvis has pretty good food (love the jerk chicken and the roti was good too). But not sure about the atmosphere, always pretty dead when we go by for lunch. It might be busier for an event like a UFC fight but maybe not. Beer selection is super weak.

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                        elvisahmed Jul 4, 2010 04:51 PM

                        Thats what kept me away from that place. I Have hardly ever seen 5-6 people when I have walked by. I guess I will give it a try when I get a chance for jerk chicken.

                  2. duckdown Jul 4, 2010 03:50 PM

                    Here you go:

                    http://www.canadastarboxing.com/cstar...

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                      LTL Feb 24, 2012 08:56 AM

                      Unfortunately Canada Star Boxing site is down for construction. Thought it might be a good idea to revive this thread in time for tomorrow night, which looks to be cold and snowy!

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                        flying101 Feb 24, 2012 08:59 AM

                        All Boston Pizza's I think still show all fight cards on Saturday nights with no cover (and tend to be less busy than your average 'sports' bar.

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                          elvisahmed Feb 24, 2012 09:59 AM

                          yeah sure now only if one can find a place that has a good beer selection and show the fights in HD! I guess distributing the HD signal is hard so a lot of bars don't do it
                          Here is my list to places that show it without a cover charge:
                          Jack Astors Bar & Grill (they don't have the sound feed anymore!)
                          The Football Factory (Delirium Tremens on tap!)
                          Shoeless Joe's on Queens Quay (not in HD)
                          The Elephant & Castle (go only if u have too)
                          Rovers Pub (service is garbage and food is awful)

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                            LTL Feb 29, 2012 10:21 AM

                            Thank you both for your recs. I have been to the Boston Pizza in Vaughan numerous times for UFC and had a great time although that location charges $5 for cover. The wings are surprisingly large, juicy and yummy!

                            I ended up at Shoeless Joe's at King and Dufferin, probably my fourth time there. They do show the fights in HD, there is no cover charge, and a very nice Korean couple owns the place. Seating is usually ample too given that it is a bit west of the downtown core. Food is as you would expect.

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