Top 5 Places to Watch the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final

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Looking for a place to watch the Canucks battle it out with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final?  Options in downtown Vancouver range from sports bars and brew pubs to bistros with big-screen TVs and even special outdoor viewing areas. Here are 5 top picks  (One tip:  Plan on getting to bars and restaurants a few hours before first puck is dropped if you hope to get in the door).

CBC Plaza: As you might have noticed already, Canucks games throughout the playoffs have been broadcast on a 13-foot outdoor screen outside CBC studios on Hamilton Street, between Georgia and Robson Streets.   An extra screen has been added for the Stanley Cup Final, plus food trucks, free Canucks posters and face painting.  The party starts at 3 p.m. on game days.

Any Bar on Granville Street: There are so many great places to catch the game on Granville Street that it’s impossible to choose just one.  It’s the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district, just a few blocks from the live action in Rogers Arena.   You’ve got sports bars likes Wings and Forum, gastropubs like Cinema and the Granville Room, Irish pubs like Doolin’s and Ceilis, etc.   They’ll all be full well before game time and the party will likely spill out onto the streets.  Speaking of which . . .

Outdoor Screen on Granville Street: On game days, a giant screen will be set up on Granville Street, between Georgia and Robson, mounted on the back of a flat-bed truck.  Given that Granville Street is already the epicentre of Canucks excitement, the crowds should be huge, lively and, um, animated.

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Rogers Arena: When the Canucks are out of town, games will be broadcast inside 18,630-seat Rogers Arena.  Tickets ($10, plus a handling fee) will be on sale by phone and Internet starting June 3 at noon.   If you can’t be in Boston for the games, this might be the next best thing.

Commodore Ballroom: The 990-person-capacity dancefloor/concert venue on Granville Street has been converted into what may be the world’s largest living room for the Stanley Cup Final.  Three large screens and around a dozen smaller ones will be showing the game, with plenty of couches and coffee tables scattered around to make it feel like home (except with waitresses serving beer).   It’s free to get in, but the catch is that advanced registration is recommended – And tickets to all games seem to be pretty much snatched up.  But if there are no-shows, additional people will be let in at the door.

Those are just a few options, but the possibilities are really endless.  Vancouver is filled with diehard fans who have been waiting 40 years for a Stanley Cup.  Nearly every bar, pub and restaurant in the city promises to be the best spot to watch the game.  The only challenge will be finding an empty seat.

Do you know a great place to watch the Canucks?  Let’s get a list going in the comments section.

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