Ringside Seats: Where to Watch the Olympic Games

NYC Sports

by Alice Wong, 07/24/2012

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With so many news stories swirling around about London's botched security plan, the athletes' bungled bus ride to the Olympic Village and the crackdown on non-sanctioned "chips" sold by Olympic concessions, it might be easy to be distracted from what the Olympics are really all about: the athletes. In the prelude to the games, champions like swimmer Michael Phelps, gymnast Nastia Liukin, beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh, boxer Marcus Browne and 14,696 other talented athletes from around the world are descending on London for their shot at winning one of the 302 medals that will be awarded at the XXX Olympiad. And while there's no shortage of places around New York City for viewing NBC's coverage of the games, from July 27 through August 12, it's always more fun to watch the events at a local sports-themed bar where you can almost always find that tantalizing combination of spirited fans, a plate of tasty hot wings and a frosty beverage to ward off the summer heat. To help you get started, we've provided a list of sports bars around the boroughs where you can cheer on your favorite men and women athletes. Just be sure to call the venue and check if there are any reservation and food- or drink-purchase requirements before you head out.

85 West–A Sports Bar & Grill, Financial District
Beckett's Bar and Grill
, Financial District
Bill's Bar & Burger–Ninth Avenue
, Meatpacking District
Brother Jimmy's
, Murray Hill
Jack's Restaurant & Bar, Midtown West
Langan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
, Times Square
, Hell's Kitchen
Liberty Bar
, Jamaica
Mustang Harry's
, Garment District
Mustang Sally's
, Chelsea
O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Times Square
P.D. O'Hurley's
, Upper West Side
Parlor Steakhouse
, Upper East Side
Pig 'n' Whistle on 36th Street
, Midtown West
Riverwalk Bar & Grill
, Roosevelt Island
Seven Bar & Grill
, Garment District
Smith's Bar and Restaurant
, Hell's Kitchen
The Mean Fiddler
, Times Square
Ulysses' Folk House
, Financial District

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    Beckett’s Bar and Grill
    81 Pearl St.
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
  2. 2
    Bill's Bar & Burger—Meatpacking District
    22 Ninth Ave.
    Manhattan – Meatpacking District
    NY 10014
  3. 3
    Riverwalk Bar & Grill
    425 Main St.
    Roosevelt Island – Roosevelt Island
    NY 10044
  1. 4
    P.D. O'Hurley's (now closed)
    174 W. 72nd St.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  2. 5
    Parlor Steak & Fish
    1600 Third Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 6
    Liberty Bar
    Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
    Queens – Jamaica
    NY 11420
  1. 7
    The Mean Fiddler
    266 W. 47th St.
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10036

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