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Olympics doughnuts at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Photograph: Courtesy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken/Scott Suchman

Where to watch the Olympics in L.A.

Go for the gold at these 2018 Winter Olympics viewing parties and restaurant specials

By Stephanie Breijo

We’ve got a ways to go before L.A. hosts the Summer Olympics in 2028, but the winter games are about to be in full swing in PyeongChang. And what better way to watch this year’s skilled snowboarders, Alpine skiiers, figure skaters and bobsledders compete in feats of agility, strength and poise than with a beer and finger foods in hand? Fortunately, a number of L.A. bars, restaurants and bakeshops will be competing in their own competition: Who can host the best viewing parties and sling the best snacks? Here’s your guide to the L.A. restaurants and bars streaming the 2018 Olympics, plus a few USA-themed treats you can find around town. 

Watch the Olympics at these L.A. spots

Photograph: Courtesy 33 Taps Silver Lake

33 Taps

Bars Silver Lake

Both locations of 33 Taps are packed with TVs and will be screening the full run of the winter games. There won’t be Olympics-themed specials, but the killer happy hour in Silver Lake means $2 off all apps and 33 percent off all beer and wine (weekdays from 3 to 6pm and a late-night happy hour from 10pm to midnight on Wednesday and Thursday). In Hollywood, catch 33 percent off drinks, and rotating food specials (3 to 6pm, weekdays). 

If you’re watching at the Silver Lake location, they’ve got flat-screens in front of the bar, behind the bar and off to the side, so no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll get a great view. At the Hollywood location, they’ve got TVs upstairs and downstairs to double your options.


Bars Wineries Koreatown

At Neil Kwon’s beer-hall-cum-sports-bar, Koreatown melds with traditional German drinking aesthetics—which feels perfectly on-theme for the international games happening in PyeongChang. As you catch the games from flat-screens mounted all around the gastropub, be sure to snack on Korean-German fusion fare, including schnitzel with tangy Asian sauce; fried rice with German sausages, sauerkraut, gravy, scallions and fried egg; and beer chicken with cabbage slaw. You’ll also find alcoholic root beer floats and pitchers of beer, and at happy hour (4 to 7pm Monday to Friday) you can nab $6 well drinks and 20-percent off select dishes.

Brack Shop Tavern
Photograph: Rozette Rago

Brack Shop Tavern

Bars Gastropubs Downtown Financial District

Though it’s been one of the warmest winters on recent record, you can still feel like you’re in the midst of the snowy action thanks to an ice-cold drink in hand. From February 9 to 25, this DTLA watering hole will screen the games and serve drink specials, including themed cocktails specifically for the event. Rep America with the USA USA USA (bourbon and honey shrub), Mexico with the Viva La Raza (tequila with Ancho Reyes and kaffir lime shrub), Europe with the Euro Rail (Applejack brandy with sweet vermouth and pear liqueur), Korea with the Korean BBQ (vodka with radish pickle brine, ginger and a scotch spray finish) and Nigeria with the Nigeria’s Got A Bobsled Team (Flor de Cana rum with verjus and Velvet Falernum). Feeling peckish? Win gold in the sport of Snacking with bar-bite deals on corn dogs, falafel sliders, mole tacos and more.

Library Bar in DTLA
Photograph: Courtesy Library Bar

Library Bar

Bars Gastropubs Downtown Financial District

Catch another choice DTLA spot screening the games, with a slew of happy hour specials that’ll run the duration of the Olympics. Curl up with a book and a $6 glass of wine at Library Bar, where a large screen in a cozy lounge will provide all the figure skating and cross-country skiing your heart desires—not to mention $6 beers, $8 cocktails, $5 vegan and non-vegan bar bites, and $6 glasses of house red, white and sparkling wine.

Photograph: Courtesy STK


Restaurants Steakhouse Westwood

STK is going all-in and throwing daily viewing parties called “the STK Games,” complete with “shot shows” and—perhaps most on-theme of all—shot skis, which you can line up and take with your friends. (If Cool Runnings taught us anything, it’s that it’s important to be a team player.) From February 9 through 23, find the Games on STK’s multiple flat-screens, and keep your eyes peeled for specials like the the Winner’s Podium—a trio of lemon drop shots with gold, silver and bronze sugar rims, served in crushed ice with a small silver seafood tower—and the Olympic Torch Dessert, which is essentially a flaming cotton candy volcano with strawberry shortcake dessert in the center.

Photograph: Courtesy the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles

BONUS: Olympics Movie Night at the Korean Cultural Center

Attractions Libraries, archives and foundations Miracle Mile

While the Korean Cultural Center won’t show the PyeongChang games, you can still stop by for a Winter Olympics movie night. And truly, where better to revel than in a Korean cultural hub, surrounded by  ambassadors? On February 22, from 7 to 9pm, catch a free screening of The Cutting Edge, an early-‘90s romcom that pairs a former hockey star with a champion figure skater who bicker, flirt and take their talents all the way to the Olympics.

Go for the gold with Olympics-themed specials

Olympics doughnuts at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Photograph: Courtesy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken/Scott Suchman

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Restaurants Bakeries Downtown Financial District

Never ones to shy away from a fun theme, the team at Astro is going red, white and blue with their limited-run USA doughnuts. Available February 9 to 28, grab one ($3.25) or a dozen ($38) of these vanilla-glazed babies, which come drizzled with raspberry, sprinkled with a few blueberries and emblazoned with the name of the hometeam. 

The Sundae of Champions Olympics special at CREAM
Photograph: Courtesy CREAM


Restaurants Ice cream parlors North Hollywood

The ice cream sandwiches are usually the move here, but during the 2018 Winter Olympics, it’s time to test your limits with CREAM’s off-menu secret item, the Sundae of Champions. Whether you’re stopping by the North Hollywood, USC or Northridge location, you can ask for this behemoth, which you may remember as a 2016 Summer Olympics special. They’re bringing it back, filling a large cup with a base of a crumbled cookie, then a scoop of ice cream, then a crumbled brownie, then another scoop of ice cream, then topping all of that with another fresh-baked cookie, some whipped cream and sprinkles, and an entire ice cream sandwich whose outer layer is a doughnut made from croissant dough. $12.99. Good luck out there.


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