July 25, 2012
Your favorite sports bars, pubs, restaurants and even boutiques are getting into the Olympic spirit. Cheer on your favorite athletes and teams with great events and specials happening throughout the city, from opening ceremony to closing ceremony.
Check out some great Olympic-themed specials and the best places to watch the games, below.
Gold Medal Specials
• M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel: It’s easy to get into the spirit of the games with M Restaurant’s new Olympic cocktail menu, featuring drinks like The Torch and The Starting Line. Check out their full offerings online.
• Bierstube: In addition to broadcasting the games from start to finish, Bierstube in Old City will be offering “Olympic Flights to London,” four eight-ounce beer flights from your favorite competing countries for just $20. That’s a 17-day-long special!
• Meritage: With a head start, Meritage in Rittenhouse Square kicked off their Team USA Prime Time happy hour last Wednesday featuring $5 sangria, $3 local cans and $5 snack plates like spicy pan fried dumplings, sweet and sour wings, and panko fried goat cheese. Enjoy these specials from 7-8 p.m. daily.
• Devil’s Den: At this South Philly tavern, there are already medals to celebrate. Join Devil’s Den every night during the games for the tapping of a different World Beer Cup medal winner. You’ll recognize some of your award-winning favorites like Yard’s, Weyerbacher, Troegs and much more.
• Loews Hotel: Visit the Loews Hotel during the games for some serious Olympic spirit. Throughout the games, they will have 32 flags on display to represent the countries of origin of their team members. Guess which country the flags represent and you could win a special treat from the hotel! While you’re there, stop by the hotel restaurant, SoleFood, for some Olympic-inspired food and drink.
• Bus Stop Boutique: Friday, July 27. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. With all this food and drink talk, don’t forget to dash over to Bus Stop Boutique on Fabric Row for their Go for the Gold Sale. Enjoy special discounts and check out the VOLLEY trainers (the official sneaker of the the 2012 Australian Olympic Team) and GOLA Union Jack trainers for sale. Wear your gold to the shop and you can also get 15% off your purchase. See inside the boutique and meet owner Elena Brennan here.
Top Places To Watch
• XFINITY Live!: Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. Not even four months old, the new XFINITY Live! is the perfect spot to catch the opening ceremony on the NBC Sports Arena’s whopping 32-foot Sony big screen. Surrounded by Citizen’s Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center and Lincoln Financial Field, it’ll be hard not to get into the competitive spirit here.
• The Piazza at Schmidts: Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. The outdoor jumbotron at the Piazza in Northern Liberties has always been a neighborhood favorite on game days. Catch the opening ceremony and don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair! If you’re feeling extra ambitious, register at 5:30 p.m. for the Insanity Asylum Olympic Workout before the ceremony.
• Lovett Library Park in Mt. Airy: Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. As part of their Moonlight Movie Series, Mt. Airy will feature a special screening of the opening ceremony outdoors in the garden at the Lovett Memorial Library. Also be sure to check out this week’s Final-ly Friday on Germantown Avenue with special features and deals to tie in with the event.
• Frankford Hall: Olympic fever is taking over Frankford Hall for the next two weeks. Enjoy $4 half-liter drafts, $8 liter drafts and $5 sausages, Sunday through Thursday, while catching the all of the action on the big screen.
• The Dandelion: Want to get the full London experience? Watch the opening ceremonies and continuous coverage of the games while snacking on some London pub fare at The Dandelion. It’s a winning combo.
• London Grill: Enjoy $6 drafts of Wells Bombardier and Youngs of London along with $5 Youngs Double Chocolate Cans at this Fairmount favorite. Just like the host country, London Grill will also be in the prize-giving spirit! Watch the games while enjoying a pint and you’ll be entered to win a Wells & Youngs prize package.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Check out the Olympic food and drink specials at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Philly’s oldest Irish pub. Enjoy a Pimm’s Cup for $4 and a Red, White & Blue Olympic cocktail for $5. Rotating food specials will include favorites like fish-n-chips and steak and mushroom pie. Bonus: during the national anthem when America wins a gold medal, they’ll be serving up Stout’s Gold for only $3–all the more reason to cheer Team USA to victory!
• Tir Na Nog: Sunday, August 5, 2-5 p.m. Philadelphia Runner hosts an Olympic Watch Party at Tir Na Nog. Catch the track events while enjoying buffet-style appetizers and drink specials all afternoon long. Philadelphia Runner will also be handing out “lane assignments” before the race and those who draw the winning lane will win a free pair of Puma shoes. RSVP online.
• O’Neals Pub: Olympic fever hits O’Neals Pub; enjoy the opening ceremony and continuous coverage of the games through the closing ceremony in hi-def on their 18 huge plasma TVs.
• Dark Horse Pub: You won’t miss a beat with Dark Horse Pub’s 21 hi-def TVs, bringing you Olympic coverage throughout the games. Catch your favorite sport while enjoying some Olympic drink specials.
• Fado Irish Pub: Experiencing post-Euro Cup withdrawal? Fado Irish Pub has the answer to your soccer fix and will be broadcasting the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer matches throughout the London games. Check the schedule online for game times.
Pennsylvania has some great representation in this year’s games. How many Philadelphia-area athletes can you spot? Let us know in the comments.