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Toronto's bars gearing up for the Olympics

Real Sports Bar next to the ACC will be transformed into the Molson Canadian Hockey House during the Games.

Toronto sports bars are gearing up for two and a half weeks of Olympic events, despite the time difference.

Real Sports Bar next to the ACC will be transformed into the Molson Canadian Hockey House during the Games.

"This place is going to be amazing," says executive chef Tony Glitz. "We're going to be turning the whole place upside down. It's going to be all decked out in Canadian red."

The bar will have Olympic-themed food like "Go For Gold" wings, as well as Molson "victory bottles" and schooners in the shape of hockey skates.

It will be just one of many establishments airing various Olympic events across the city.

"We'll be showing as much as we possibly can," says Brendan, manager of Scallywags on St Clair Ave W.

One of the busiest events for bars is expected to be men's hockey. Team Canada plays in round robin on February 13, 14 and 16th at noon.

It will get more difficult to watch a game at a local pub during the quarterfinals and semifinals. Many of those games will air at either 3 or 7 a.m. and you will likely have to cheer on Team Canada from home.

Both Scallywags and Real Sports Bar, though, are planning to open their doors bright and early for the men's hockey gold medal game on Sunday, February 23rd, which will air at 7:30 a.m. Just don't expect to be served beer at that time of the day - alcohol doesn't start flowing until 11 a.m.

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