Where to drink and watch the Winter Olympics


We have to admit we got a little teary-eyed watching Drew Brees snag a Super Bowl win for the city of New Orleans last night, but when it comes to sporting moments that pull the heartstrings, nothing tops the Winter Olympics. In anticipation of Friday night's opening ceremony, TONY has tracked down some spots that will be rolling out the TVs and booze specials for the Games. Check out the list after the jump—trust us, you'll need a stiff drink to help you hold it together.

What else would ESPN Zone (1472 Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Sts, 212-921-ESPN) have on its pair of 14-foot projection screens during February? They'll be showing all the Olympic sports they can find on more than 100 HD televisions through the competition's duration (it ends on February 28), beginning with this Friday's opening ceremony.

At The Australian (20 W 38th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-869-8601), the sunburnt country's unofficial national sport—getting too tanked to see straight—will be well represented. Partake of a range of specials on Aussie tipples, like the Baileys-and-coffee blend known as the Snowy Mountain Martini ($6). On Friday 12 at 6pm, don your country's colors for another massive opening-ceremony bash, where the best national costume scores a prize. Flying in the face of the competitive Olympic spirit, everyone gets a free drink on entry.

Award yourself first place at Rogue Bar (757 Sixth Ave between 25th and 26th Sts; 212-242-6434, roguenyc.com; Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26 5--10pm) every Olympic Friday with a Cuervo Gold tequila shot for $4; runners-up can tackle a Cazadores Silver shot, also $4. Just don't try to pull a Michael Phelps by downing eight straight golds—he's a summer athlete, moron.

The Olympics may feature amateur athletes, but the professionals of the New York Social Network take over the World Bar (Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza, First Ave at 48th St; 212-935-9361) Friday 12 as well. Drink specials and free appetizers last from 6:30pm until 8pm, but the networking rages on all night.

You'll have an even greater vested interest in American superiority than you thought at Inc. Lounge (Time Hotel, 224 W 49th St at Broadway, second floor; 212-320-298); every time the U.S. earns a gold, silver or bronze medal, shots are on the house. Pace yourself.—Allison Williams and Mary Wheeler