Written by Caila Ball
If we're being honest, we have a hard time getting into some Olympic sports (badminton, we love you, but... really?). We do, however, enjoy spectating at sports bars during the Olympics, and we aren't ashamed to admit that in our minds, the games provide for three solid weeks of competitive man-hunting. Unlike the Super Bowl and most other marquee sporting events, we're fairly certain that the menfolk will bore after a few minutes of archery and fencing, and when they do, we'll be ready to go for the gold at some of the best Olympics-centric places in town:
Rock & Reilly's: This Irish-themed pub is ready for the opening ceremonies, and with all the fun they have planned, so are we. R&R's will be airing the Olympics all day, every day, offering chances to win gold medals during Olympic Drinking Bingo (finally, a category in which we can excel). Medalist or not, use the Gold Medal Podium out back to recruit a few guys to be your winning teammates in an Olympic photo opp.
Goal: This West 3rd Street celebrity haunt will be showing the Olympics on its wall-to-wall flat screens. With their killer happy hour -- and the chance of running into Leonardo DiCaprio -- Goal is a winning choice for the summer games.
The Parlor: Everyone's favorite Melrose sports bar is offering $3 beers on tap whenever Team USA is competing. We've reviewed the schedule, and we're pretty sure this means nearly non-stop discounts (and dudes) for the next three weeks. If there's a better excuse to cheer on the good old U S of A than discounted drafts, we can't think of it.
Whiskey Blue: Whiskey Blue at the W in Westwood features speciality cocktails themed around the various countries competing in the Olympics. We know we should be ordering the "Star-Spangled Banner" (bourbon, strawberries, rhubarb bitters, simple syrup, and lemon juice), but we'll more likely be chanting "God Save the Queen" (gin, cucumber, lime, simple syrup, mint and celery), as this U.K.-themed cocktail sounds like it just might be our favorite part of the Olympics.
Wirtshaus: Coincidentally, Wirtshaus is celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday (tomorrow). They plan to air the Olympics throughout the games, and they'll be serving a free pint of beer with any entree all day on Saturday.
Ye Olde King's Head Pub: It's just like being in London, minus the brutal conversion rate and never-ending rain. King's Head is celebrating the fact that the Olympics are taking place on their native turf with an Olympic Salad special and $1 off New Castle for the duration of the games.
Q's: On the westside, Q's has screen after screen of Olympic action. While there are no Olympic specials per se, you can't go wrong with their daily 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. happy hour, which features a huge selection of the menu at half-price.
Dixie Tavern: For everyone on the "other" side of the hill, Dixie Tavern in Sherman Oaks is offering $3 - $4 drink specials throughout the Olympics, along with food specials and giveaways. Couple this with their existing happy hour (every day until 7:30 p.m.), and you've got the go-to Olympics-watching spot in the 818.
WP24 and the London West Hollywood: While the following options are way beyond our Olympic budget, it's worth mentioning that Wolfgang is featuring a $24 "Go for the Gold" Olympic Cocktail, and The London West Hollywood has an Olympics Games Cabana Package throughout the games. We suppose there's nothing more patriotic than stimulating the economy in such a frivolous way, but we'd prefer to show our stripes by ordering a Bud Lite somewhere on discount.