Five Must-See Summer Olympics Parties
The Olympic flag waves atop the George & Dragon along with the Union Jack.
In case you've missed the non-stop advertisements on television or online, we're only two days away from the kick off of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While for some folks, the ginormous 16-day sporting competition that starts on Friday is likely something they'll ignore, much like they did two years ago during all the World Cup madness.
For others, it's a cherished event that they will watch with rapt attention, much like they did two years ago during World Cup. And you might just to find these aficionados engrossed in all the athletic action while hanging out at their neighborhood sports bars, Others might attend one of the viewing parties at nearby British pub (natch) or participate in one of the nutty Olympics-inspired events that will take place at Valley bars and nightspots this weekend.
Some of the swimsuit-clad staff at El Santo Cantina y Mas in Scottsdale.
El Santo Cantina y Mas Although this North Scottsdale spot's swimming pool is far from Olympic-sized, you might witness a few patrons making like Michael Phelps while footage from the games air on any of 30 different HDTVs and big screen boob tube's inside El Santo starting on Friday. The daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. promises two-for-one drinks and half-prices appetizers and small plates.
The British Open Pub A party in honor of the opening ceremonies will take place on Friday night starting at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, drink specials like $1.50 Founders Ale, $2.75 Corona products, and $3 you-call-it cocktails will be available for the occasion.
16th Street Sports Bar English expat Keith Prescott, who originally hails from Liverpool, is planning on showing both the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on any of his establishment's multitude of flatscreen TVs, as well as much of the various competitions taking place throughout the duration of the games. During Friday night's viewing party, bartenders will serve Carlsberg bottles for $3 and Jack Daniels, Jameson, and Jim Beam for $3.50. A trivia battle will ensure from 7 to 9 p.m. and is like to feature plenty of Olympics-related questions. Admission is free.
George & Dragon co-owner David Wimberley
Calico Jack's Cantina This Westgate party spot will offer patrons the chance to go for the gold (sorta) during the "Calico Games" on Saturday night. Participant will compete in any of four different bar games - such as flip cup competitions, beer pong, and cornhole - and attempt to prove they've got what it takes. The winners of each round will win different cash awards, prizes, and swag (including t-shirts and bar card), as well as bragging rights aplenty. A variety of drink and shot specials will also be available during the evening. The competition starts at 9 p.m. Those interested are asked to RSVP by calling 623-877-5225. Admission is free.
George & Dragon According to David Wimberley, co-owner of the George & Dragon, the renowned English pub will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the London games. A viewing party for the opening ceremonies is scheduled to take place on Friday and promises giveaways, special offers on food and drink (including happy-hour pricing all night for those wearing Olympics-related attire), and plenty of cheering in support of Her Majesty's finest athlete. Channel 12, the Valley NBC affiliate broadcasting the Olympics, will also conduct a live remote from the party, which starts at 3 p.m. Action from all 16 days of the games will also be projected on a pair of ginormous screens hanging from the ceiling. Admission is free.
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