Where to Watch: 2016 Rio Olympics Viewing Parties in NYC and NJ
Get ready to watch Olympic stars in action and cheer on Team USA!
Fans can watch the Rio Games and share their Olympic spirit with friends at viewing parties around the tri-state. Here's a list of viewing parties for you around New York City and New Jersey:
Citi's "Rio on the Hudson" will take place on Pier 26 at Hudson River Park from Aug. 5- Aug. 11. The Pier will be complete with beaches, palm trees, live samba music and dancers, Capoeira performances, Brazilians DJs, live graffiti artists creating giant mural displays, and Brazilian food and drinks. The free event will hold meet and greets with Olympic legends, as well as current Paralympians heading to Rio in September.
Merchants Hospitality have instilled their "Celebrate Rio" campaign in several restaurants around NYC. They are throwing watch parties all month long at Industry Kitchen, Black Hound, Merchants River House, Pound & Pence, SouthWest NY, and Treadwell Park. Each restaurant has its own Brazilian-inspired food and drink menus.
Brickyard Gastropub will display the games on nine TVs with sound. You can call for reservations and questions about specific games and events.
Smithfield NYC will broadcast all sports from Rio, as well as non-USA action that is only available online -- based on demand or what the bar deems is most important that day.
The Paley Center for Media will provide free, HD Olympic screenings starting Saturday, Aug. 6, at noon in Paley theaters.
Woodwork Brooklyn will be showcasing all soccer games, as well as rhythmic gymnastics.
The Kent Ale House, a sports and craft beer bar, says you can "catch all the action" on 13 TVs, including a 100-inch, hi-def screen. Check out the restaurant's Facebook page for more details and early opening times.
Hunter's on Smith Street is creating a Brooklyn Pop-Up Restaurant "showing and living the 2016 Rio Olympics full time." It will have a special menu featuring Brazilian cuisine by Chef Bruno Bargas. The games will be shown all day and night with big screen TVs and projectors.
The Courtyard Ale House offers 24 craft beers on tap, and will be playing the Olympic Games on several flat-screen TVs.
In New Jersey
TGI Fridays in Brick, New Jersey, will showcase Olympic events from Aug. 5-Aug. 21. Click here to RSVP to their Facebook event.
Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, will have a viewing party for the Women's 400M Hurdles - Round 1 on Monday, Aug. 15, to support their very own Sydney McLaughlin. The event will take place in their "Olympic Village" (gym and gym parking lot), and is open to alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, families and all friends of the school.
New Jersey Fencing Alliance will host an Olympic Fencing viewing party on Monday Aug. 8 and Saturday Aug. 13 for Maplewood's own Ibtihaj Muhammad. They will stream the Olympic fencing events from Aug. 6- Aug. 13, as well.