Real Sports Unveils New Era for T.O. Sports Bars


TORONTO — Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has scored a winning goal with Toronto’s Real Sports Bar & Grill. Located adjacent to Air Canada Centre and part of Maple Leaf Square, the city’s newest sports and entertainment development is opening its doors next week, on June 21, showcasing 25,000 square feet of sports lovers’ fun.  

The three-level bar and restaurant is home to the largest indoor HD television in a North American restaurant or bar — guests will feel as though they’re in the middle of the action with a 39-foot screen. With 199 televisions in all, capacity for almost 1,000 and live audio and video streaming from Air Canada Centre, guests will be treated to array of sensory stimuli.

“Real Sports is about creating the most authentic sports experience, which formed the foundation for our vision to reinvent the sports bar experience taking it to a whole new level,” said Michael Doyle, vice-president of food and beverage for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. ‘We believe we’ve designed a restaurant that will impress sports fans from every standpoint — menu, technology, functionality and design — and keep them coming back.’

Diehard fans looking for the ultimate in sports bar experiences will be able to indulge in a variety of special features. From the Coach’s Corner area, strategically set under a unique chandelier made from 500 hockey sticks, restaurant guests can stay connected with state-of-the-art technology like 26” flat screens, Blackberry charging units, wireless Internet and iPod docking stations that allow them to download and watch their own music, movies or videos. Guests can also review game stats under the giant basketball net in the Tip-Off Bar or play alongside the pros in the TaylorMade golf simulator. And for those looking for more privacy, second-floor suites, featuring 42” screens, comfortable seating and individual volume and channel controls are available.  

Since announcing the development of Maple Leaf Square five years ago, the city has been eagerly awaiting the opening of what promises to become the newest hot spot for the city. The mixed-use development also includes a condo/hotel operated by Le Germain Group, a mammoth Longo’s grocery store and a retail sports apparel outlet.

But it’s the eatery/bar that will serve as a magnet for sports fans and tourists alike. Beer lovers can indulge in Canadians’ favourite beverage by quaffing from a selection of 112 beers on tap, or sampling from the restaurant’s own creative blends, including the Maple Leaves – a combination of Canadian and Rickard’s Dark. On the menu, Real Sports will offer fresh alternatives to traditional pub fare, with items like Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, Seared Tuna Napolean salad or modern twists on the classic burger — served 12 different ways.


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