It’s NBA and NHL playoff season, and excitement is running through our veins. Last night, to our surprise, the City of Brampton announced that Garden Square would not show the Leafs’ Playoff Game #1:

This begs the question — where are Brampton’s liveliest bars and restaurants to watch the Leafs and Raptors games? We visited and called around to almost every bar in Brampton to find out their playoff details. Here are our guaranteed picks for playoff parties — think projector screens, extra TVs, giveaways and a whole lot of beer and wings — and in no particular order:

Wendell Clark’s

Both Leafs and Raptors, preference to Leafs
It’s a sports bar from a hockey star. Would you expect otherwise? Keep note: the screens will change from the Raptors playoff games to the Leafs playoff games if the games overrun, ie Saturday, April 15.

 36 Main St. North

Boar N Wings Sports Grill

Both Leafs and Raptors, preference to Raptors
32 screens. You’re bound to find a good seat in the house. This location is especially great for the Raptors games — you may win a prize if you’re drinking a Coors Light tallboy. Grab some wings, sit back and cheer on the boys!

10886 Hurontario St.

Magnum’s Pub

Both Leafs and Raptors
Think big projectors. How else can you watch the game? Come early — Magnum’s is notorious for being a lively party during playoffs, and always turns into standing room for the latecomers.

21 McMurchy Ave N.

52nd Street Tap & Grill

Both Leafs and Raptors
One 80 inch, a few 60 inches and at least 2 projectors. It’s a sports-themed restaurant with an extensive menu, an even better sharing menu for groups, and a great crowd to cheer with. Get there early to get a seat, or you’ll be squished like a sardine.

30A Kennedy Rd S.

Clancy’s Sports Bar and Grill

Both Leafs and Raptors
One large screen and 9 flat screens means you will get to see the game from every angle. It does get busy and they have extra staff working during playoff games so expect good service despite the crowd.We recommend the wings and pulled pork poutine.

456 Vodden St E.

Onyxx Sports Bar

Both Leafs and Raptors
TVs at every angle, and the restaurant is made to look like a stadium. Traditionally the place you’d check out for UFC fights, but since it’s playoff season, it’s NBA and NFL everywhere.

70 Maritime Ontario Blvd

Rejeanne’s Bar and Grill

Both Leafs and Raptors
At least 16 screens and a big one in between. Rejeanne’s lives and breathes sports and the restaurant goes all out during playoff season. This year, they’re giving away Leafs t-shirts throughout the playoffs and a jersey at the end of the season, and they’re still deciding their Raptors giveaways.

700 Balmoral Dr.

Oscar’s Roadhouse

Both Leafs and Raptors
One big screen and 12 smaller screens. Come early to grab a seat because it gets packed. During the Leafs games, Oscar’s also gives out ballots for prizes and take home cups if you make Molson Canadian your beer of choice.

1785 Queen St E.

Jack Astor’s

Both Leafs and Raptors
The Queen & 410 location always gets packed during playoffs. I found out the hard way a few years ago. Get there early or make a reservation. It’s a chain restaurant, but the atmosphere is insane.

154 West Dr.

Mark your calendars —  here are the playoff schedules:

Game 1: Saturday, April 15; Bucks @ Raptors, 5:30 pm
Game 2: Tuesday, April 18; Bucks @ Raptors, 7:00 pm
Game 3: Thursday, April 20; Raptors @ Bucks, 8:00 pm
Game 4: Saturday, April 22; Raptors @ Bucks, 3:00 pm
Game 5: Monday, April 24; Bucks @ Raptors, 7:00 pm
Game 6: TBA
Game 7: TBA

Game 1: Thursday April 13, Capitals won 3-2
Game 2: Saturday, April 15; Leafs @ Capitals, 7:00 pm
Game 3: Monday, April 17; Capitals @ Leafs, 7:00 pm
Game 4: Wednesday, April 19; Capitals @ Leafs, 7:00 pm
Game 5: Friday, April 21, Leafs @ Capitals, TBA
Game 6: Sunday, April 23, Capitals @ Leafs, TBA
Game 7: Tuesday, April 25, Leafs @ Capitals, TBA