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Where to watch the Olympics in NYC

Catch the Tokyo Olympic games with fans at these local bars and restaurants.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

The Tokyo Olympics are officially underway, and like we do each time, New Yorkers will flock to their favorite sports bars to catch the games.

However, this is year is quite different. The 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic, and there will be no spectators in the arena or sports venues making for a different vibe than in years past.

The opening ceremony already took place in Tokyo but because of the time difference, but it'll be shown again Friday evening in the U.S. It's safe to say sports bars across the boroughs will be screening the games but some bars and restaurants are hosting special viewing parties between Friday, July 23, and Sunday, August 8 that you'll want to take part in.

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The Olympics at Time Out Market New York
Photograph: Time Out Market New York

The Olympics at Time Out Market New York

Watch the Tokyo Olympics with us at Time Out Market New York, which will be screening the games every day through August 8. On top of that, all of the market's bars will be serving up a special drink: the "Tokyo Sunrise" cocktail. The tasty, timely drink is made with Haku vodka, sake sour, lime, simple syrup, grenadine and star anise to celebrate.

The best places to watch the Tokyo Olympics

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This popular three-level gay sports bar, with a 1,500-square-foot roof deck and 20 TVs, is hosting a watch party for the Olympic opening ceremonies at 7:30pm on Friday and will screen the games through August 8.

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Rooftop Reds is activating its 100 percent solar-powered, outdoor film screen every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening (as well as Sunday, August 8) from 8pm to midnight throughout the Olympic games. Each $20 ticket comes with a boxed water and popcorn. The specific events screened will be in accordance with NBC's scheduling and at the discretion of the Rooftop Reds staff. There's a two-drink minimum.

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Clinton Hall is screening the Olympics on each of its flatscreens now until August 8 at the following locations: FiDi (90 Washington St.), 36th Street (16 W. 36th Street), E. 51st Street (230 E. 51st) Bronx (601 E. 189th St.) or new Staten Island location at Empire Outlets, (which is open on the weekends from 3pm - 10pm). There will be Supercraft beer on tap, hard seltzers, wine and a full bar menu alongside delicious dishes from Executive Chef Darryl Harmon like his signature Double Smashed Burger, Buffalo Cauliflower, Crispy Chicken Wings, Giant Pretzels and more.

Olympics specials at Industry City
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6. Olympics specials at Industry City

Industry City has festivities planned for the Olympics this month with special menu items from vendors representing every corner of the world:

Australia – Gumption Coffee is bringing the flavors of Australia with the Kangaroo Kooler, a true Australian-style iced latte with vanilla ice cream, Tim Tam sprinkles and a scoop straw to ensure full indulgence.

Germany – Kotti Doner, the first-ever German Doner Kebab in New York, doesn’t require a passport! Come by to try the Berliner Döner Kebab, featuring their signature 15-spice marinated, vertically roasted chicken with garden-fresh salad and two signature sauces, all packed in a toasty focaccia-like pide bread. 

Japan – Take a trip to the host country yourself and visit the expansive food hall in Japan Village, where you can try Team Japan sushi to-go. Japanese-inspired cocktail bar Oldies is offering specialty themed cocktails using spices and ingredients from the 5 continents, while WakuWaku, a traditional Japanese izakaya, is serving traditional dishes like the Claypot Rice Dish and Olympics Dessert. The Games will be streaming here! 

Lebanon – Experience the Middle East with Sahadi’s window-service bar and restaurant, which will be serving up delicious deals, including the Cardamom Orange Blossom Moscow Mule paired perfectly with Moroccan Chickpea Salad with Paneer for $22.

United States – Team USA will be represented by fan-favorite Frying Pan Brooklyn, an all-American bar featuring cocktails made with Kentucky bourbon and local New York State honey.

Chelsea Market Summer Olympic Games Passport
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7. Chelsea Market Summer Olympic Games Passport

Between July 23 and August 8, Chelsea Market’s health ambassadors will be handing out passports for guests to travel around the market for a chance to win a special prize. Collect stamps by visiting the vendors listed below and purchasing their special or redeeming their discount as listed on the back. The first 20 individuals to turn in a completed passport will win a $100 gift card to Chelsea Market. To redeem, all you need to do is take a photo of your completed card and send the picture to 

Kimbap Lab
L'Arte del Gelato
Seed + Mill
Takumi Taco
Tea & Milk
The Lobster Place
Very Fresh Noodles

Watch the Olympics at NYC's best sports bars

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Regardless of what your favorite sport is or which team you follow, it’s important to find a good spot for settling in and watching the game. Here are the best sports bars NYC fans can go to and root for their teams without having to get too rowdy. Want to keep riding the vibe? Check out where you can find the best beer in NYC. And if you’re feeling inspired by our selection of sports bars, then make your way to one of the city’s best gyms or put on one of the best sports movies of all time. Let’s get to it!

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