iAdventure Olympics Scavenger Hunt
Little Town; 7/29 at noon; 366 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-979-2337
You and your team of two to twenty people have been studying up on your Olympics trivia. You’ve been running stairs, Rocky-style, and answering questions in foreign languages like it’s your job. It’s like you knew there would be an event this weekend where you could utilize all those skills, as well as taking a breather every once in a while for an international drink special at a themed bar. Dust off your warm-ups and head to Little Town on Sunday, where you can sign up for this scavenger hunt extravaganza. From there, it’s up to you to go for the gold.
Classes at the 92nd Street Y
92nd Street Y; 7/30–8/2; 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
Not so much an Olympic athlete but still itching to participate? The 92nd St. Y has you covered, with free fitness classes of events like those you’ll see on your TV. From pickup basketball to volleyball to a series that’ll teach you how to “Swim Like Michael Phelps,” they’ll have you whipped into shape in no time. Or at least show you how to pretend to be whipped into shape. Sign up at
Southern Hospitality; 7/28 and 7/29 from 3 p.m–6 p.m.; 1460 Second Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-249-1001
Both Southern Hospitality locations will be showing the games on flat-screens, but only on the Upper East Side can you and three of your friends show what you’re made of in bracket-style team competitions of flip cup, beer pong, war, cornhole, and ladder ball. Registration is $100, and winners get a grand prize and glory. Sweet, sweet glory.
Big Screen Plaza
Eventi Hotel; Opening day party, 7/27 at 7 p.m., daily specials through 8/12; closing ceremony party, 8/12 at 7 p.m.; 851 Sixth Ave., nr. 30th St.; 212-564-4567
The Eventi will be showing the games daily in their courtyard on their gigantic 30-by-16-foot screen in a viewing party of, um, Olympic-sized proportions. Get in on the action with beer challenges, lawn games, arcade challenges, sprinklers to cool you off, (fake) commentary from Upright Citizens Brigade alumni, grub from the Hester Street fair, and more. Don’t forget your red, white, and blues.
Beer Pong at One Stop Beer Shop
One Stop Beer Shop; 7/27 at noon.; 134 Kingsland Ave., nr. Beadel St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-599-0128
Your friendly neighborhood watering hole and growler-purveyor is now also the spot to check out the opening ceremonies. Come dressed as your favorite Olympian for the costume contest, and channel their spirit to rule at beer pong. Fuel up with a truffle-oil-laced grilled cheese sandwich, knock back a few beer cocktails, and go. Your medal awaits. Details at facebook.com/onestopbeershopny
Bounce Sporting Club
55 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-776-1997
Watch the games on one of the sports bar’s 30 flat-screens, with daily specials from noon to 7 p.m. Indulge in half-off Absolut and Stoli mixed drinks, domestic drafts, house wine, and sangria. Also, because they know that half the fun of watching sports is stuffing your face, pad your stomach with bar menu items for 50 percent off.
47 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-685-4422
The three-tiered NoMad gastropub—which includes an open-air rooftop beer garden—will be showing the London games on their twelve screens, which you can watch while downing $5 drafts. For $25, diners can try a British-themed menu of Welsh rarebit, chilled English cucumber and mint soup, wild mushroom and leek tart, and strawberries with panna cotta cream, with a bonus free pint of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA.
From the opening ceremony to closing ceremony, the BBQ joint serves up big-screen TVs and a $25 deal (at tables only) of unlimited draft beer, Cuervo margaritas, screwdrivers and one appetizer. Drink like it’s a competition!
19 Greenwich Ave., nr. Christopher St.; 212-675-7261
On Friday, July 27, from 4 p.m to 8 p.m., pump yourself up with a Pimm’s cup, a gin and tonic, or small bites in a space meant to evoke the train stations of London. It’ll be just like being there.
215 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-564-2172
Football (er, soccer) fiends will want to claim a spot on one of the three floors at Smithfield, who will be broadcasting all the games in real time on 21 HDTVs, complemented by $5 drafts.
583 Vanderbilt Ave. at Dean St.; 718-857-5777
This Prospect Heights footie fave becomes all-inclusive during the opening ceremonies, where they’ll also be serving up sports on three screens alongside $3 beers. Have a $6 “USA,” why don’t ya: a Miller High Life and a shot of Evan Williams. Be proud of your country.
Stone Rose Lounge
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir. at 58th St., fourth fl.; 212-823-9769
100 Central Park South at Sixth Ave.; 212-307-9222
In addition to $16 specialty cocktails named after and using ingredients from participating countries (God Save the Queen for the U.K., Star-Spangled Banner for the U.S., etc.), the two posh spots will host viewing parties for the opening ceremony and top events throughout the games. Each will also offer “beers from around the world” paired with traditional dishes from several countries, like a Stella Artois and cheese plate for Belgium and a Corona and yellowfin tuna tartare for Spain.
45 E. 28th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 646-476-8419
Anglophiles will feel right at home in this British pub, which will be screening the festivities on their eight flat-screens, with a special London 2012–themed happy hour on Friday, July 27, from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. Turncoats (you know who you are) will show up for the special bar-wide treat given every time the U.K. takes home the gold.