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Where to watch the Olympics in NYC

Wondering where to watch the Olympics and show off your American pride? We've got you covered for the next two weeks.

Photograph: Courtesy Zandy Mangold

If you’re wondering where to watch the Olympics in Rio this summer, the answer is not in the comfort of your own home. Why? Because you should be surrounded by a rowdy crowd of New Yorkers taking shots and shouting “U-S-A!” Whether you’re interested in the sports of if you just want to ogle the hottest guys at the Olympics, show your American pride by tuning in and watching with your peers. Besides there’s nothing better than observing hard-working athletes compete for eternal glory while we sit on our ass and guzzle the best craft beer in America for two weeks. From awesome sports bars to boat bars with killer views, there are plenty of spots offering Olympian-style bites and cocktails, as well as drink specials. The games start on August 5, so grab your friends and a bar stool at one of the best viewing parties below, and witness the U.S. (hopefully) take home the gold.

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Where to watch the Olympics

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Village Pourhouse

Okay: If watching the games isn’t enough for you, you can play like an Olympian (er, sort of) inside this TV-adorned tavern. Village Pourhouse is hosting it’s 2016 Summer Beer Olympics on Saturday, August 13 (2–6pm). Compete against all-star, brew-chugging champions during Ultimate Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Drunk Jenga and more. Tickets ($90) get you a three-hour open bar, appetizers and entry to the tournament. Use the promo code “CHAMPION” to save some change and get half-priced tickets.

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Downtown
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Clinton Hall + West End Hall + Ambrose Beer and Lobster

Clinton Hall + West End Hall + Ambrose Beer and Lobster

Lure Group’s NYC properties will be showing the games on numerous screens indoors and on their outdoor garden spaces at Clinton Hall (Financial District), West End Hall (Upper West Side) Ambrose Beer & Lobster (South Street Seaport). But that’s not all, every time the U.S. wins a gold medal, red, white and blue shots are on the house. Look out for “Olympics Beer Flights” on the menu featuring beers from different countries rotating weekly.

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North River Viewing Village

North River Viewing Village

Some of New York’s best floating bars (North River Landing and the newly opened Fish Bar) are joining forces to create one Olympic viewing village on Pier 81 (W 41st) on the Hudson River. During the Opening Ceremonies (Aug 5) through the Closing Ceremonies (Aug 21), you can cheer on the U.S. and watch teams compete for the gold with Lady Liberty in the background. Fish Bar will boast a “Grand Stand” video wall, which will broadcast the games live from NBC, and the barge at North River Lobster Company will stream the games on eight high-definition screens.

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Syndicated

In honor of the 2016 Olympics, this Bushwick dine-in movie theater is paying homage to the games with a special screening of two nostalgic sporty films: Cool Runnings (Aug 5) and Space Jam (Aug 6, 7). The bar and restaurant will also stream the Opening Ceremony on its projector screen on August 5, free of charge.

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Williamsburg
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SideBar

This Union Square drinking den is bringing Rio to New York by streaming the games on 21 high-definition TVs and projectors while serving Rio-inspired libations, plus $6 Cachaca shots. When you get frustrated or tired of the games, take a minute to enjoy some peace and quiet on the bar’s newly renovated patio and relish in those gorgeous city views.

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Gramercy
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Haven Rooftop

There’s nothing better than drinking atop a rooftop bar, and the Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square is using this fact to its advantage during the Olympic games. The bar will show the Olympics in primetime during the duration of the event (Aug 5–23), so enjoy $12 specials on Brazilian Caipirinhas and Coxinhas as well as awesome views of the city.

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Midtown West
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Blockheads

Blockheads

Note: There aren’t many TVs at this Mexican food chain. However, the bar will be streaming the games, and you can wash down your chips and guacamole with margarita specials at all ten locations during the duration of the two-week event. Every time the U.S. wins a gold medal, the eatery will serve its Margarinah (a cross between a Caipirinha to honor Brazil and its infamous frozen margarita) for $5.

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Rio on the Hudson

Rio on the Hudson

You can experience Rio right here in NYC during this activity-filled event. Get pumped up for the games during Citi’s “Rio on the Hudson,” which involves transforming Pier 26 to look and feel like a Brazilian oasis complete with beaches, palm trees, live samba music, dancers and, of course, authentic food and drinks. There will be meet-and-greets with Olympic legends and Paralympians, including Christie Rampone, Mia Ham, Scout Bassett, Sam Kavanagh and more, so get ready to feel inspired. Best of all, this is a totally free, week-long celebration that kicks off on August 5 (5pm–11pm) and continues daily (starts at noon) through August 11.

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The Skylark

The multilevel rooftop lounge of this Times Square bar is fully equipped with flat screen TVs, which will be play the Olympic games in the main lounge, private living room, outdoor roof deck and the pool room. There’s also a special Olympic-themed menu, including Brazilian bites such as a Churrascaria tasting platter, churros, and King Kong Caipirinha cocktails. Cheers!

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Midtown West
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Bounce Sporting Club

Watch athletes compete for international bragging rights at this Midtown spot, that is a bit more high-end compared to traditional sports bars. (The bar prides itself on its major athlete clientele including Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Victor Cruz and more). All fun celebrity facts aside, the club is great if you want to watch the games while munching on savory bites like fried mac-and-cheese bars, pigs in a pretzel and wings.

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Brian S

Rio on the Hudson 

With about an hour left of the opening ceremonies many olympic fans where left speechless when the "Largest olympic celebration in the city" was shut down! Fans who have waited 4 years for this show (the first ever to be held in South America) where simply cut-off when the TVs where un plugged during the parade of nations! The celebration of athletes, the IOC address, the lighting of the OLYMPIC TOURCH (the official start of the games) where all considered not important enough for the so-called best Olympic party.  ...Would they pull the plug on the Super Bowel?, The World Series?, Miss America?...Sadly this may represent something larger when it comes to international events in this country. And if the "greatest city in the USA" is dismissive about the "greatest gathering of athletes in the WORLD" then maybe we really are an island. 

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Check it out but proceed with caution ...you may be left a little heart-broken.