It’s a marathon of a season and after 82 games we’re just getting started. To help you prepare for what Torontonians only read about in history books, here are the top 5 downtown Vancouver bars for your Canucks playoff viewing pleasure.
G Sports & Grill
Hidden in a small little hole in the wall on Granville, and affirming that finding a G spot is never easy, this nugget of the Vancouver sports bar scene is a hallway sized booze barn crammed with 24 HD TVs and a 9’ projection screen. A must if you’re looking for a high-energy playoff atmosphere, G Sports is teaming up with News1130 to do ticket giveaways for every home game and is pouring $4.25 pints and $15 jugs of Bud. To top it off, with every goal the Nucks score you get a $2.75 shot of Fireball, which’ll definitely hinder your chance at ever finding this (g) spot again.
The Two Parrots Perch & Grill
Two words: Canuck Beers! For every goal our beloved blue and green put past Quick, Rinne, Smith or any other puck stopper, they’re giving out $2 beers. With a loud, boisterous atmosphere and the ability to hang out the window and yell obscenities at passing Kings’ fans, Two P’s is the place to be this playoff run. They take resos, but you still got to be there early to secure your seat.
Oh, and, Canuck Beers!
Forum Sports Bar
Considered by many the “best [sports] viewing experience in the city”, it would be damn near blasphemous to leave Forum off the list. With every inch of its exposed brick walls plastered with HD TVs, it’ll be next to impossible to miss a Burrows OT winner. Unless of course you’re getting some hanky in the downstairs bathroom, in which case your friends will surely fill you in on what happened, after asking the inevitable question: what the hell were you doing downstairs with Henrik Sedin?
They’re also known for jersey giveaways and prize draws; and they do a limited number of resos per game day, so sign up for the guest list early to reserve your spot.
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
If you’re looking for good grub to go along with your LUUUs, then check out Red Card Sports Bar. The newest sports tavern of the bunch, Red Card considers “beer to be sacred” and food to be divine, which is why it serves higher end Italian cuisine (including gourmet Za) and has a robust selection of over 40 beers and a long list of cocktails that’r served up in front of two monster projection screens and 16 high-def TVs. And if you’re feeling the need to release some testosterone during intermission, they’ve got foosball tables, so you can attempt your best Messi while getting messy on their game day drink specials.
Tiki-Bar at Waldorf Hotel
Perhaps you’ve sworn off watching hockey games at sports bars since your absolutely deplorable actions last June; I mean, with all the booze, smoke and looting you thought the world was ending, and it’s not like she was a first cousin, anyways. For a game watching experience that’s more “Ya Man” than “Yo Dude”, check out the Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Hotel where you can catch each game on the 16-foot Tiki Tron screen, while imbibing from their extensive drink menu and munching on delicious Lebanese snacks served from the adjoining Nuba Restaurant.