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7 Best Places to Watch the Summer Olympics in NYC

  • 40-40 Club
  • Tonic East
  • Rio de Janero
The best places to connect with Rio this Summer.

No ticket to Rio? Fuggedaboutit! Here are seven awesome places to watch the 2016 Olympics, right here in NYC.

For those who are forgoing Rio for NYC’s famous skyline this summer, the Olympic games might seem impossibly far away. Luckily, there is no shortage of vibrant spots to choose from when deciding where you want to watch the games.

Whether you’re looking for a date night rendezvous, or want to cheer on your team at a pub full of fellow sports fanatics, this comprehensive list is sure to include an Olympics viewing location that fits the bill.

Smithfield Hall

Located in the heart of Midtown, this traditional sports bar features over twenty LED HDTVs for your Olympic viewing pleasure. Between Smithfield’s brick walls and its all-American menu, you’ll feel right at home while you watch the games in Rio. With all-day happy hour specials on Monday, and some of the best discounts around the rest of the week, Smithfield’s is the perfect place to quench your thirst.

Woodwork

Although this Brooklyn-based pub is best known for screening soccer matches, its laid-back atmosphere and wide variety of brews are sure to put you in the mood for the Olympics. With food served up until late, you’ll be able to snack the night away as you watch your favorite events. Since August is a slow month at Woodwork, the friendly bartenders promise excellent service, and will be happy to recommend Olympic-themed drinks from the menu.

Bounce Sporting Club

Sports bar meets lounge at this famous Flatiron haunt. Whether you want to sit and watch with your beer and wings, or take to the dance floor with fellow patrons, this high-end location offers something for everyone. Check the Bounce website and consider making a reservation in advance, so that other Olympic enthusiasts don’t beat you to the punch.

Slàinte

A sleek Irish pub in the East Village, Slàinte has all the charm of an old Irish watering hole with a flash of New York chic. As in previous years, the bar will be showing the Olympics on its 12 HDTVs as well as a projector screen, so that patrons can enjoy every detail of the games.

Between the bar’s generous happy hour deals, and the staff’s affable service, you’re sure to have, as one bartendender put it, “great craic;” or, as we Americans say, a great time.

Tonic East

Tonic East

Watch the Summer Games in style at Tonic East, a multi-level sports bar featuring roof access, ambient lighting, and supremely comfortable seating. Take advantage of daily happy hour specials, such as $5 beers and $6 Margaritas (alongside other cocktails).

And, if you’re a female Olympics lover, consider stopping by between 8 and 9pm on Wednesday nights for free (yes, free) drinks and an upbeat atmosphere.

Blondies Sports

For those who prefer a no-frills, honest-to-goodness sports bar, Blondies will not disappoint. Whether you’re watching baseball or the Olympics, this Upper West Side watering hole is an absolute homerun. Featuring multiple TVs and all-you-can-eat wings on Monday nights, Blondies is perfect for a relaxing evening of game-watching, or a rowdy afternoon of cheering on your team.

The 40/40 Club

40-40 Club

Get your Olympic fix at 40/40, an American sports bar and lounge co-owned by hip hop mogul Jay Z. Located in Chelsea, this high-end, multi-story bar is the perfect place to watch the games in style. Despite the club’s sleek amenities, including countless TVs and mandatory coat check, the menu consists of tried and true comfort foods, including chicken nachos and herb-crusted mac and cheese.

(Image credit: Kirilos/flickr; Tonic East/Facebook; 40/40/Facebook)