Once in a while something happens that changes a city. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating when I say that downtown’s newest bar, may do just that. 4Play Sports Bar is like man heaven (or woman heaven too if you want, I’m all for equal rights), and they’re offering an experience unlike anywhere else in the city. That formerly-quiet stretch of Portage Avenue may just see the beginning of something great here. (I hope I’m not over selling this, but I just thought this place was really, really cool.)
The former Blush location looks similar on the surface, but there are some very important differences. They’ve got a towering 20ft screen blasting TSN and SportsNet all day long. In front of the screen, they don’t have boring old tables–they have an entire 50-person living room of cozy leather chairs replete with cup holders and detachable trays. If they hadn’t made me leave, I might have moved in there.
Can you imagine watching the Bombers win the Grey Cup on a screen bigger than your house in a chair better than anything you have in your house? Actually, it felt kind of like I was in first class on an airplane with that little tray across my legs as someone brought me beer and appetizers. (Definitely not just man heaven then.)
On top of all that, they’ve got an entire bank of Wiis where you can play to your heart’s content as well as a golf and soccer simulator. They’ve got pool tables, Foosball tables and even tables where you can sit and eat (novel, I know). There are 32 TVs and a DJ controlling them all. So if you and some friends decide you’d like to watch the Westminster Dog Show in your little corner (it’s a sport right?), then you just let him know.
They’ve added another bar on the main floor (never a bad thing) and have many varieties of beer on tap, including Sapporo which I’ve never seen outside of a can before. And of course, what would a sports bar be without some hardy grub? They’ve got all the usual varieties of burgers, wings and fries as well as creative plates like cute little sliders with four different toppings, poutine and yam fries. Yum, yum, yum. (Never mind that I was drinking at noon on a Monday, it was totally worth the effort to stay awake for the rest of the afternoon.)
It’s a place with endless potential as a destination in downtown. I see theme nights, sports nights, ladies nights and so much more for 4Play. And if I haven’t gotten you excited about it yet, you must be dead inside.
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