Five Must-See Summer Olympics Parties

See also: Seven Summer Olympic Sports That, Yes, Really Are Olympic Sports See also: Five (Surprising) Ways to Eat Like an Olympian See also: The Best and Worst Olympic Theme Songs in History 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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.