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On Your Mark
Friday’s Opening Ceremony Celebrations
Pregame for the games at Whitehall Bar + Kitchen with Pimm’s Cups, gin and tonics, and small bites from 5 to 7 p.m. Mention DailyCandy for one free cocktail and remember to tip your bartender. Afterward, ramble west to The Windsor for Sloaney Pony shots (huckleberry-infused vodka, peach liquor, apple juice) till 9 p.m.
A bonanza at the Eventi hotel’s Big Screen Plaza lawn games, photo booth, and Hester Street Fair vendor grub is properly grand. If you prefer low key, hit Interstate Food & Liquor for 25¢ fried pickles, 50¢ chicken wings, and $4 local craft suds from 4 to 7 p.m.
Cheer and Cheers Through August 12
Catch action in real time at Smithfield (it’s tapped London broadcasts), keep it posh at Warren 77 and Stone Rose Lounge (the latter has international beer/dish pairings), and look out for gold medal specials at Berry Park when Team USA wins. We’ll be channeling Her Majesty from a sofa at Queen Vic.
Unleash the Athlete Within
Flip (cup) at Southern Hospitality BBQ’s UES beer Olympics tourney this Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Register your dream team at southernhospitalitybbq.com. Patriotic wind suits and synchronized somersaults recommended (mainly by us).
A picnic from Myers of Keswick and round of putt putt upholds the cordial London Olympic spirit, but for the truly competitive, there’s nothing like a fierce bocce game/watch party at Floyd followed by battered fish at the adjacent ChipShop.
All together now: U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.
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