NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

The 2012 Olympics kick off on July 27, and fans of all nationalities will soon band together to see their favorite athletes smash world records and collect bling in London. There’s no gold medal for bar-hopping, but you can still feel the unifying spirit of the Summer Games by watching the events at these NYC bars.


NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics



583 Vanderbilt Ave.

Brooklyn, NY

(718) 857-5777

This Prospect Heights bar is known for airing soccer (or, ahem, football) on its three 50-inch flatscreen TVs. In addition to Olympic footie, Woodwork is showing the London games. While the bar offers plenty of house specials, during Olympics viewing the favorite choice is the “USA”–a Miller High Life and a shot of Evan Williams green label whiskey for $6.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics


Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria

282 Bowery

New York, NY 10012

(212) 226-1966

Italian restaurant Pulino’s, Keith McNally’s shrine to “pizze,” is getting into the sporting spirit. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, the sprawling bar will feature a large projector screen airing events during daytime hours. Grab a thin crust, wood-fired pie–the spinach and egg pizze certainly beats the usual breakfast routine–and settle in to watch ripped bods run in circles. During viewings from 4 to 6:30 p.m. enjoy complimentary bar snacks such as mini focaccia, marinated olives and crostini while you sip fresh summer cocktails like the Eastside (Farmer’s Organic Gin, mint, honeydew melon and lemon juice).



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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215 W. 28th St.

New York, NY 10001

(212) 564-2172

Chelsea tri-level sports bar Smithfield will be showing the all of the major Olympics events on their 21 HDTVs. During the live broadcasts, drink specials will include $5 Newcastle Brown Ale, $6 Pimms Cups and $6 Hendricks Gin and Tonics. If the sight of all those lithe athletes makes your stomach growl, go for one of Smithfield’s six burgers, or on Fridays, the traditional English Fish and Chips ($15) is the plate of choice.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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Tonic East

411 Third Ave.

New York, NY 10016

(212) 683-7090

This three-story sports bar, complete with a rooftop overlooking Murray Hill, is built for optimal sports viewing and features cushy sofas, surround sound and huge plasma TVs. Get your Olympics fix while enjoying happy hour specials such as $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts and $4 well liquor drinks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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248 W. 14th St.

New York, NY 10011

(646) 350-0539

A sports bar that feels like a rec room for the stylish Meatpacking crowd, SNAP (Sports Nightlife and Pastime) features 16 large flatscreens airing the full schedule of Olympic action. Lounge on pigskin leather banquettes or saddle up to the 35-foot-long bar for one of 8 beers on draft. Cocktails, named for defunct New York sports teams, include the Horsemen’s Neck (Jameson Irish Whiskey, orange bitters and Fever Tree ginger beer).



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics



312 Grand St.

Brooklyn, NY 11211


Williamsburg’s rare sports bar, Mulholland’s, is known for its hot wings, pub grub and casual atmosphere. Catch Olympics coverage on 12 HDTVs as well as the bar’s indoor/outdoor TV in their backyard ensuring that you’ll never miss an event. If the 22 beers on tap don’t appeal to you, check out the cocktail menu by Alchemy Consulting, the same team behind Milk & Honey.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics


121 Fulton Street

121 Fulton St.

New York, NY 10038

(646) 545-6647

Financial District gastropub 121 Fulton Street is the place to watch U.S. women’s Olympic soccer, as the bar is hosting a fundraiser during the matches. All proceeds on July 25, 28 and 31 will go toward the Claudio Reyna Foundation, which provides soccer programs for underprivileged kids in NYC. By donating $10 before kickoff, you’ll enjoy 10% off your bill as well as drink specials such as $6 well drinks and $4 Bud Lights and Yuenglings.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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Southern Hospitality

1460 Second Ave.

New York, NY 10075

(212) 249-1001

Get into the competitive spirit of the games at the Beer Olympics hosted by Southern Hospitality’s Second Avenue location. In addition to airing the Olympic events, the BBQ restaurant is organizing a beer-soaked showdown on July 28 and 29. Teams of four can register for $100 to out-do each other in flip cup, beer pong, war, cornhole and ladder ball, and the winners take home a cash grand prize.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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Dorrian’s Red Hand

1616 Second Ave.

New York, NY 10028

(212) 772-6660

This preppy Upper East Side sports pub and Yankees hangout is planning to broadcast as many Olympic events as possible. Watch the games in both rooms while you sip cold beer, chow on Ragin’ Cajun burgers and mingle with co-eds. Just be sure to leave your T-shirt at home–Dorrian’s has a strict collar policy for men.



NYC’s Best Bars for Watching the Olympics

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304 Bowery

New York, New York 10012

(212) 253-7030

Bowery pub Slainte is showing the Olympics on 12 HDTVs and an HD projector screen so you’ll never miss the action. Choose from a generous beer selection (20 on tap, at least 16 by the bottle) and make yourself at home at the long narrow bar or on one of the leather banquettes in the back. Look for two-for-one beer and wine happy hour specials on weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.