Getting tired of cheering on your favourite team in the 2018 World Cup from home? Do the highlights just not look the same on your TV? Don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Check out our list for 10 great places you can go to in Durham Region to watch the World Cup!
Pickle Barrel – 1809 Liverpool Rd, Pickering
Having just opened this past March, Pickering’s new Pickle Barrel is already creating quite a stir across the region. With a beautiful patio facing a huge outdoor TV screen, it’s the perfect place to enjoy any World Cup game with a side of delicious food and drink. It is located right beside the Pickering Town Centre, so you could go shopping before or after as well, it would be a great day out!
Boston Pizza – 8 Salem Rd S, Ajax
Although to some this might be known as a place more traditionally visited for dinner with friends and family, taking a left at the entrance will lead you to the bar area of Ajax’s Boston Pizza. Here you will find a completely different environment than the dining side: barstool seating, huge TV screens and even a projector screen playing the match in a room full of passionate fans. Order up some classic BP appetizers and drinks and enjoy cheering on your favourite team!
Bollocks Pub & Kitchen – 30 Taunton Rd E, Whitby
Known for having the largest video wall in Durham Region, Bollocks Pub & Kitchen is the perfect place to go to watch the game with a side of greasy pub food and drinks. They even have a competition currently underway in the spirit of the World Cup — the prize is 1 of 2 amazing trips to either England or Amsterdam! You can find more details and and rules on their website.
Portly Piper Pub – 557 King St E, Oshawa
The Portly Piper Pub has already won hearts across Ajax and even Pickering, but the newer Oshawa location is quickly raising the bar! The ambiance is extremely inviting and the massive big screen TV behind the bar, and even more spread all around the pub just makes it all the better for sports fans. If you’re intrigued but live in the Western side of Durham Region, don’t worry! Portly Piper’s south Ajax location is also a great alternative to enjoy the game and some finger lickin’ wings.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – 1815 Liverpool Rd, Pickering
For anyone looking to enjoy the World Cup matches in a more relaxed environment, the Moxie’s in Pickering is a perfect choice! The TVs are a bit smaller but surround the entire bar, so you can sit and relax on a barstool with a drink while you watch. Food options might be a bit pricier than an average pub but are delicious and well-portioned nonetheless! There are also booths in the lounge if you would prefer to sit and eat a meal peacefully, all the while glancing over to see the score.
St. Louis Bar & Grill – 11 Harwood Ave S, Ajax
Although there is a St. Louis in almost every township and city in Durham, we have specified the Ajax one in this list (although we’re sure you would have an amazing experience at any of them). The restaurant has huge TVs on every wall, and the back wall has a video wall set up so that you can watch your favourite team play on the biggest screen possible! All this and a side of their signature Wings Poutine? Sounds like a great match day!
Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill – 5 Winchester Rd E, Whitby
I mean, the name gives it all away doesn’t it? Shoeless Joe’s is a sports bar and restaurant that delivers on its promise for a fine dining and World Cup watching experience! With TVs of all sizes spread across the restaurant, whether they be tiny and in the booths or huge and hanging off the ceiling, everywhere you look you’ll be able to watch the match! They even have a sports calendar up on their website, talk about dedication!
The Pub – 136 Water St, Port Perry
You didn’t think we’d forget about Port Perry residents, did you? The Pub has an exhilarating atmosphere, great food, friendly patrons and a kind staff. With TVs behind the bar and a few around the pub, this establishment is a perfect spot to watch the game with friends. For those near or in this beautiful nook of Durham, The Pub is a great place to go to watch a match!
The Players Bench Sports Bar & Grill – 1330 Ritson Rd N, Oshawa
Another restaurant where the game is in the name! The Players Bench Sports Bar & Grill has TVs all across the ceiling bannisters so that you can watch a match easily and comfortably while enjoying your meal. They are often playing different channels and games, so it is a great place to go with your friends who may not be into the World Cup as much as you are. There’s a little something for everyone!
Ballers Sports Bar and Grill – 1414 King St E, Courtice
Last, but certainly not the least, the final location on our list is a little further east in Durham — Ballers Sports Bar and Grill is the place to go in Courtice to watch the World Cup surrounded by other football fans! With 20 HD big screens along with an HD projector, you could probably sit in any corner of the restaurant and be met with a great viewing experience along with delicious pub food. You can see pictures of some of the delicious foods they offer here!
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