2012 Olympics - Best Places to Catch the Games (Other than London)

The 2012 Olympic Games are upon us and while the majority of the United States can't witness the games in person, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the games without using your passport. We have compiled a list of a few of the best places to visit to not only watch the games.

Rock & Reilly’s is always the place to be on the Sunset Strip and the 2012 Summer Olympics are no exception. From July 27th through August 12th, the Irish whiskey bar will be playing the games on their 17 large screen LED TVs all day, and will also be giving you a chance to win your own gold medal.

In honor of the Olympics, Rock & Reilly's will feature Reilly's Olympic Drinking Bingo. The Bingo winner gets a shot of Reilly's Whiskey Punch and a perfect score gets a round of Reilly's Whiskey Punch shots for the table and a gold medal.
Make a reservation and automatically get one shot at Ring Toss for a chance to win a comped meal! In Reilly's backyard, a Gold Medal Podium is the perfect photo opp. Post the picture on Facebook and tag Rock & Reilly's for a free shot!
Rock & Reilly’s is located in the heart of the Sunset Strip at 8911 West Sunset Boulevard.  For reservations or more information, please call 310.360.1400 or visit www.rnrpub.com.

Rock & Reilly's.

The Decoy Lounge at The Beverly Garland is the perfect place to call home base to cheer on your favorite athletes during the summer games. To get that London vibe, a special fish & chips appetizer has been added to the bar menu and pitchers of Guinness will be flowing.  During the two-week period of the 2012 Olympic games, every time a World Record or Olympic Record is broken, patrons will receive a bottle of Guinness on the house. Parking when validated is also complimentary. The promo runs Saturday, July 28 through Saturday, August 11, 2012.

Decoy Lounge

Beginning July 27 on the day of the Opening Ceremonies, The Resort at Pelican Hill chefs will feature special dishes honoring the day’s televised Summer Olympic sports. Some of the featured dishes will include:      
“Diving Scallops” in English pea puree with lobster, citrus and fennel salad
“Butterfly Swimming Prawns” in tomato and saffron broth with ratatouille, crostini and anisette aioli
“Judo Tossed Salad” with arugula, grilled New York steak, bleu cheese and radish sundried tomato in white balsamic vinaigrette
“Handball Open-Faced Sandwich” with Resort-made meatballs, burrata, marinara sauce and basil
“Grilled Prawn Javelin” shrimp skewer served on California field greens with Irvine Ranch® avocado, green beans and roasted red peppers

Carrying the Olympic spirit overseas and across Lake Bellagio, Hyde Bellagio will celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics July 27 – August 12 with early evening screenings of the games and patriotic drinks worthy of their own medal.   Hyde invites patriotic fans to sit back and watch Michael Phelps, Lolo Jones and the rest of Team USA fly past the competition on multiple flat screen TVs while sipping Olympic-inspired libations.

Hyde Bellagio

Captain America – While Olympians chug sports drinks, fans can sip the superhuman serum in the “Captain America” cocktail. Served in a highball glass over ice, this drink blends Corzo Silver Tequila, Cocci Americano, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and tonic water to create blue and white layers complemented by a red Prickly Pear Cassis Air foam for an American Flag-hued refreshment 

Gold Medal – Go for the “Gold Medal,” with a record-breaking mix of Captain Morgan, yellow chartreuse, pineapple and lemon juices, and angostura bitters. Gilded with gold flakes and served up in a statuesque martini glass, this cocktail is worthy of the gold

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