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When Canadians say "sports bar" they by-and-large mean, "Where is the hockey game playing?" Downtown, Red Card and Shark's Club are always sure bets to be showing the game (we jest when we say just hockey: soccer and football are also popular) and filled with jersey-wearing diehards, particularly for the home teams (the Canucks, White Caps and Lions). Commercial Drive on the east side of town is lined with Italian coffee shops - Cafe Napoli, Cafe Calabria, Cafe Roma- that overflow with football (soccer to North Americans) games. No matter how early the match, you can expect a loud and boisterous crowd and plenty of espresso to match the energy.