NYC Hotels Where You Can Watch the Olympics (Without Getting a Room)

We love the Olympics regardless of where they occur, but we’re especially jazzed that they’re in London this year. As the capital city of a country steeped in theater – Shakespeare, anyone? — London knows how to put on a show, with royals and rock stars to boot. So bring it on!

Most New York hotels will tune their bar TVs to Olympic events, including the Ritz Carlton New York Battery Park, the Warwick New York and the Marriott New York Downtown (16 screens and counting so you can watch the Mets or Yankees when you’ve OD’d on wrestling).

But a handful are going for the gold with special screens, drinks and meals. Here a sampling of what we found.


Want a semblance of reality for open-air events like track and field? The Standard Hotel Biergarten doesn’t feel like a stadium, but it’s undeniably outdoors, tucked under the High Line (just follow the smell of beer).  Beginning with the opening ceremony July 27, a big screen set up in the brick-lined space shows prime-time events for all 17 days. Besides brews, the garten features traditional German fare including sausages and pretzels. And if the games lag, there’s beer pong.

The Standard, 848 Washington Street; 212 645-4646.


Can’t fly to London? Make due with Eventi Hotel’s 35-foot-wide outdoor screen – and a slew of free outdoor events in the sprawling plaza behind the hotel. Things get rolling July 27 with the opening ceremony, topped up in the plaza by games like tug-of-war and horseshoes. Sip a Greg Louganis Springboard, aka gin and tonic, and nibble Olympic onion rings (you get five).  Opening night also includes a Beer Olympics – beer pong, beer slides, arm wrestling, you get the idea. The hotel will screen “the best of the best” events according to its Facebook page, during all 17 days of the games, then throw another outdoor party for the closing ceremony. If you prefer to watch the games indoors, Humphrey, the Eventi’s new locally sourced American restaurant, has tables looking onto the screen.

Eventi, 839 Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th streets; 212 201-4065


From July 17 to August 12 the restaurant at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan serves up breakfast of champions —  three morning Olympic Specials. The Gold Medal features steak and eggs (a 7 oz grilled sirloin topped with mushrooms) and hash browns ($23). Silver dollar pancakes splashed with berry compote and served with bacon, sausage or fresh fruit score a Silver Medal ($17). And the Bronze Medal goes to a fruit smoothie and granola parfait ($11). The hotel streams the games live from 7 a.m. in the adjoining bar where they’re shown all day and into the night (and where beer and specialty cocktails flow, including a melon martini and cucumber lemonade — with kick).

Fitzpatrick Manhattan, 687 Lexington Avenue between 56th and 57th streets; 212 355-0100.


You’d expect something splashy from a hotel with a name like London NYC. And you’d be right. The aptly named London Bar goes all out with an Olympic cocktail, and for those wanting to stay in prime athletic shape, an Olympic mocktail. Sample them mixed by experts at the hotel’s gleaming bar. Or try them at home when you settle in to watch the big show.




3 oz Ultimate Vodka

2 oz fresh white peach juice (Prepared in a blender)

1 oz St Germain

A dash of lemon juice

Shake and pour in to a martini glass

Top off with champagne and a bay leaf



2 oz fresh white peach juice (Prepared in a blender)

A dash of lemon juice

A sprinkle of Wakaya ginger powder and Agave

Shake and pour over ice in a tall glass

Top off with Ginger Ale, lime zest




2 replies
  1. Jim
    Jim says:

    Good suggestions, thanks. I’m going to try a couple out — the 35-foot wide screen at the Eventi and the Fitzpatrick breakfast (going for the bronze myself, smoothie and granola parfait.


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