Going for the Gold: Olympic Dining Deals in D.C.

Restaurants and bars are getting into the spirit with Brazilian-themed happy hours and specials for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The following are some of the ones we like.


Ventnor Sports Cafe

Sit back with a cold drink and cheer on your favorite Olympians at Ventnor Sports Cafe. Various specials and giveaways will be offered to all of the sports fanatics watching the games. 2411 18th St. NW.

Lucky Bar

Watch the games at Lucky Bar for a little extra good fortune to ensure your team wins in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The bar will be screening soccer games and the Olympic events. Specials run every night, including 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour, Monday through Wednesday and Friday, and $1 Taco Mondays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Union Pub

This downtown pub will be serving up specials on drinks while faithful fans watch the Olympic games. Starting at 5 p.m. each night, drink deals include $12.50 Bud Light pitchers, $4 rail drinks, and a $5 cocktail. 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Good Stuff Eatery

Throughout the Olympics, this self-proclaimed “good stuff” restaurant will be screening the games and offering a Brazilian burger with Muenster cheese, sautéed onions, green peppers, tomatoes and a basil and lemon mayo. 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

City Tap House

City Tap House will offer an early-extended happy hour during the Olympics with deals from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The deals include $5 select beers, $6 house wines, and a $7 shot and beer special. 901 9th St. NW.


This classic Italian restaurant by Mike Isabella is celebrating the games with drink specials now through the end of the Olympics. Every time the U.S.A. wins a gold medal, $5 Veuve Clicquot Champagne Shooters, $5 Red, White, and Blue Shots, and Kona Big Wave American Gold Draft Beers will be available at the bar one hour after the win.

Rí Rá Irish Pub

Celebrate the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics at Rí Rá Irish Pub. Indulge in Rio-inspired food while watching the games starting Friday, Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. Try out a twist on Brazil’s national drink with $8 Ginger Mint Caipirinhas. 3125 M St. NW.


Teddy & the Bully Bar

In Brazil, they celebrate with an alcoholic sugarcane drink called cachaça. Teddy & the Bully Bar is celebrating the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic games with a $10 special Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, ginger syrup, cucumber, lime, mint, soda, blue curacao, and crushed ice. Be sure to view the games at the bar while sipping on your cocktail. 1200 19th St. NW.

Macon Bistro & Larder

The cachaça doesn’t stop at just one. The Chevy Chase neighborhood restaurant Macon Bistro & Larder will feature three new dinner cocktails from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21 in honor of Brazil’s signature spirit, cachaça. Andra “AJ” Johnson created the three cachaça cocktails called No Right Angles, Blonde Mahogany and Lighting the Torch. 5520 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Commissary DC

Eatwell DC presents Olympic drinking with Commissary DC at Logan Circle. Stop by the local café for a Rio 2016 viewing party, featuring Olympic themed cocktails every night. Guests can watch screenings of games on the full-wall projector while trying drinks fit for Olympians. Brazilian food and beverage specials will be featured on the menu.

Bar Rouge

Gymnastics fan? Try the gymnastics-inspired cocktail called Stick It, spiked with cachaça, green tea, strawberry, lime and orgeat. Kimpton bar will serve this cocktail now through the end of the games. And if you happen to be in Bar Rouge on a night the U.S. wins a gold medal, the bar will serve $1 gelatin shots throughout the evening. 1315 16th St. NW.


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