During the course of the 2018 World Cup, I had seen seen a few bars that jumped out at me as places I wanted to visit later in the tournament. Vivid was one of them. After one of the earlier Brazil games, I witnessed a pretty healthy number of yellow jerseys spilling out onto the street, dancing and cheering to a DJ spinning in the window. Despite lots of other great bars in the neighbourhood, I knew I needed to be there for the next Brazil game. Turns out, a lot of other people did too, and it was at capacity when I arrived. So, I took all these photos from the street thanks to a completely open front and great views of the many televisions inside. This is one version of Brazil World Cup Toronto.
Date: July 6, 2018
Score of game: Brazil 1, Belgium 2
Location: Vivid Bar and Lounge, 1067 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON
Estimated number of fans at location: 150
Of course when you go to cheer with a team, you’re not always guaranteed a huge party. Brazil had a tough match-up with Belgium, and fell behind 2-0 pretty early, leaving the crowd very discouraged and flat. Things picked up considerably when Brazil scored in the 76th minute, and with multiple chances in the remaining game, it made for an interesting end, but all in all, I didn’t get to witness up-close the party spilling out onto the streets.
Brazil, the last non-European country to exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup. What a surprising World Cup this has been.