Are you ready for Rio? Because the 2016 Olympics are finally here!
The Olympics are, historically, some of the most fun sporting events to watch. (It’s true – we did an extensive survey of our friends.) And while we’ve been known to throw appropriately themed watch parties in the past, sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the Games without having to worry about hosting. Or making dinner. Or any responsibilities, really.
The atmosphere surrounding the Olympics is electric – and that even spreads to the places we watch from afar. So we put together a list of our favorite North Hills spots to see the Games – see you at one? We’ll be the audience held rapt by the women’s gymnastics team.
1. Fox & Hound
Let’s start with the obviously excellent choice : a sports bar. These establishments specialize in showing sports for good reason – they excel at it. And the Fox & Hound Sports Tavern is one of our favorite sports bars in town, making it a clear frontrunner for places to catch the Olympic Games.
Tune into all the Rio action on one of their 28 TVs which also make it easy to catch the events that are happening at the same time. It’s a multitasker’s dream! The menu is the best in bar food : drunken tater tots, classic and boneless wings, pulled pork nachos… and that’s just a sampling of the appetizers. The drink list is extensive, too – so it’s easy to pull up a chair and stay awhile.
Need to stay entertained during commercial breaks? Fox & Hound has you covered with Silver Strike Bowling and a pool table. So basically, you don’t have to leave for the entire duration of the Olympics.
Another wonderful choice? World of Beer.
Let’s start with the obvious : when you’re watching sports, it sometimes calls for a cold beverage. Luckily, serving these up is something World of Beer excels at. They serve up over 500 brands of beer, including 50 on tap. So whatever you want to drink while watching Michael Phelps dominate the pool? They’ve got it.
And yes, there’s ways to watch – 20 50 inch flatscreens, to be exact. Step out to the patio and mezzanine for some summer night air, step back in just in time to catch the coverage of your favorite event. The biggest challenge you’ll face is to see how many beers you can try while watching the coverage. And maybe that should be an Olympic event itself, right?
3. Yard House
Another clearly excellent choice on our radar is Yard House. They’ve got a great beer menu lined up, too (everything from craft and specialty brews to well-known ales and lagers), but the true shining point here is its menu.
If you’re trying to catch the Olympics around dinner time – and don’t want to sacrifice your taste buds while you’re at it – the Yard House is a must-stop for you. It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s something for everyone at Yard House. Craving a quality burger? Yeah, they more than have you covered. In the mood for something a little more exotic? We can’t seem to stop eating the ahi tacos.
And if you really want to go for broke, look no further than some of the entrees, which boast (we think) some of the best options in Raleigh. Nothing says indulgent Olympics-watching like cozying up to a plate of ginger-crusted salmon and wasabi mashed potatoes. Just thank us later.
4. The Gym
Okay, hear us out – we know the rest of the list has been about the amazing food and drink you can snag while you’re checking out the Games on a flatscreen, but the gym is not-so-secretly one of our favorite places to catch the Olympics.
We’re not sure if it’s the pomp and circumstance, the ceremony, or the athletes at peak physical fitness competing for their countries – but man is it inspiring! And while it sometimes convinces us that we, too, could be Olympics athletes (race walking, we could do that – right?), it also just leaves us in awe of the drive of those competing.
It’s pure motivation! So we like to flip on the Games while at the gym to boost our own workout. Corny, but it works. Something about watching the USA basketball team sprint up and down the court makes our own treadmill woes pale in comparison. So whether you’re working out in The Dartmouth’s fitness studio, or you’re heading over to North Hills’ Fitness Connection, flip on the Olympics mid-workout. At the very least, it should make your own sweat session go by more quickly!
We hope you’re as excited for the Olympics as we are – after all, they don’t come around every year! Got a good spot we missed? Come swing by the leasing office and chat all things Rio with us at The Dartmouth!
Image Source: Olympic.org