Sports Season Has Arrived! Here’s Where to Watch the Game in Vancouver

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Cold weather and shorter days are perfect excuses to build a blanket fort, grab a growler and switch on the game – or, even better, to join fellow sports fans at a rousing bar or restaurant whose love of game day translates to unbeatable deals, massive and plentiful TVs, and engaging experiences with an unparalleled electricity. Whether you’re a fierce Lions fan, loyal Canucks supporter, diehard UFC champion, European soccer reveler, or simply desire to surround yourself with an exciting vibe while warding off the winter chill, you’ll find your new sports family at one of the venues below. Jerseys and face paint optional. Continue reading:
Sports Season Has Arrived! Here’s Where to Watch the Game in Vancouver

Shorter Beer Lines at Canucks Game? Rogers Arena Set to Expand

Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

With the start of hockey season still a few months away, Canucks fans already have something to cheer about.

Rogers Arena, notorious as one of the “coziest” arenas in the NHL, is about to get a little more elbow room.

Opened in 1995, Rogers was designed to fit between the existing Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts in downtown Vancouver.  As a result, the stadium has a relatively small footprint.  This creates great intimacy inside the 18,630-seat arena. (There’s hardly a bad seat in the house.)  But it also means that the concourse and concession areas are often jam-packed during intermission.

But the intermission rush hour and mile-long washroom lines may be a thing of the past by the 2014-2015 season. Continue reading:
Shorter Beer Lines at Canucks Game? Rogers Arena Set to Expand

Best Sports bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

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The NHL may still be locked out, but the NFL and CFL seasons are heating up and NBA action is just starting.  For Vancouver sports lovers who enjoy a brew, wings and the company of cheering fans, this means one thing: the search for the perfect sports bar is on.

I’ve searched high and low, and I still haven’t found a truly great sports bar in the city – a place that brings together all the ingredients needed for a perfect game night.  So I’d like to turn this over to you.

What’s the best sports bar in Vancouver and why?  Please share your favourites below. 

So just what goes into the perfect sports bar?  The way I see it, there are a few key elements:

  • Screen Space: Let me start with the obvious.  A good sports bar has to have big screen TVs – lots of ’em.  Every seat in the house needs to be a good seat, with a clear view of the action.  And in 2012, it’s just no longer acceptable to be showing the game on grainy projection screens.  HDTVs are the only way to go.   Continue reading:
    Best Sports bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

Best Sports Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

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It’s not exactly the biggest time of year for sports.  The World Series just ended; the NFL is mid-season; and the Stanley Cup is half-a-year away.  But it’s never too early to get excited about the playoffs – and the best bar to watch them at.

Despite the wild enthusiasm of fans in the city, Vancouver isn’t exactly overrun with legendary sports bars.  It takes a special something, after all, to make a great sports bar. First and foremost, you’ve got to have the TVs: the more – and bigger – the better.   Then there’s the food: Burgers and wings are great, but these days, especially here, people expect a little more.  Finally, the atmosphere: A grimy dive bar won’t cut it, but a sleek joint with $14 martinis isn’t right either.

So I’d like to hear from you.  What’s your favourite sports bar in Vancouver? Please let us know by leaving a comment.

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Best Sports Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!