This year, the winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a beverage and a bite to eat while you cheer on the United States, look no further than the bars listed below.
101 N. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bar Ly is the first of its kind in Philly’s Chinatown. A sports bar that opened in 2013, Bar Ly has 60 beers on tap and many flat-screen TVs around the bar, ensuring you won’t miss out on any of the Olympic fun. You’re sure to find something to your liking on Bar Ly’s huge beer list, which covers the basics, offering different types of beer including pilsners, wheat brews and IPAs. If cocktails are more your thing, Bar Ly has an extensive menu of classic cocktails and martinis as well as beer-inspired cocktails. Bar Ly’s menu is made up of Intercontinental bar food — think dumplings, skewers, sandwiches/burgers, pizza and shellfish.
3945 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Distrito is Iron Chef Jose Garces’ venture into Mexican food. This West Philly restaurant is modeled off of the cuisine and culture of Mexico City, especially the street food in a place known to locals as “Distrito Federal.” The atmosphere is vibrant and the restaurant is decorated in bright pinks and greens. Six-hundred Luchra Libre (wrestling) masks hang from the ceiling. Distrito also makes some great margaritas and has over 100 different types of tequilas. Hang out downstairs in the lounge and tequila bar to catch the Olympics on one of its TVs.
226 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Partly owned by Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” fame, Mac’s Tavern has four plasma TVs available for your viewing pleasure, and its relaxed vibe makes it the perfect place to watch an Olympic game with friends and family. This Old City bar has 17 ever-changing beers on tap of both the rare and common variety, a jukebox and fantastic American pub fare, including but not limited to sandwiches, salads and great appetizers. Mac’s Tavern is located in an old historic building that has been around since 1693, and it does its best to raise money to help in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Donate here.
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McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
McGillin’s has been around since 1860, the year Lincoln was elected president, and is known as the “longest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia.” Although still keeping the charm of the past, McGillin’s has also updated with the times, and has eight TVs placed strategically around the bar. So you’ll be able to catch an Olympic event while chowing down on some good Irish pub fare or enjoying a cheap pitcher of beer. And speaking of beer, McGillin’s has an extensive beer list and nightly food and drink specials to boot. Karaoke is every Wednesday and Sunday night and open mic night is held on Thursdays.
South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The South Philly Bar & Grill is conveniently located between Pat’s and Geno’s at Philly’s most famous intersection, 9th and Passyunk. It’s no wonder this bar has been rated one of Philly’s best sports bars, with its many high-definition TVs throughout the bar, large projection screen and state-of-the-art sound system making the Bar & Grill one the best places to catch a game in South Philly. It has a full menu of elevated bar food, such as grilled wings, snow crab, mussels, pizza, burgers and sandwiches.
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