A stone’s throw from the Luxembourg RER station, WOS Bar has the largest spirit collection of any public house in Paris: 470 varieties, in fact, including more than 120 whiskies, 100 rums, 45 vodkas, 30 gins, and 24 tequilas. It’s kind of like they’re running their very own Olympics of alcohol, and surely there’s a bright enough mind out there to combine the booze in their cabinet with the sport on the screen to create a wicked drinking game. Wos Bar is truly committed to the Olympic movement and are showing live action every day, starting with the Opening Ceremony which begins at 11pm Paris time on Friday, August 14th.
Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 12pm–2am; Friday, 12pm–5am; Saturday, 2pm–5am; and Sunday, 2pm–2am.
No more than a hop, skip, and a jump from the Opéra Garnier is Murphy’s House, an Irish pub with a classier side than the stereotypical green-tinged watering hole. The bar is furnished with wood, velvet, and leather, and the cosy atmosphere, though a far cry from the beachside bars of Rio, makes for a great place to relax with friends and cheer on the home team. Look out for boxer Paddy Barnes, in particular, who is bidding to become the first Irish athlete to win a medal at three consecutive Games.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am–2am; and Sunday, closed.
If you prefer the blue and white to the green and gold, head to The Highlander on the Left Bank, close to Pont Neuf. This Scottish pub of fine repute has a bar up and downstairs and will be showing the championships throughout their duration. You might want to make a point of watching tennis superstar and proud Scotsman Andy Murray carrying the British flag for Team GB at the Opening Ceremony.
Opening times: Monday to Tuesday, 3pm–2am; Wednesday to Friday, 3pm–4am; Saturday, 12pm–4am; and Sunday, 12pm–2am.
Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, in the shadow of the Panthéon, The Bombardier is an English pub which serves a wide range of bottled and draughts beers as well as British favorites like fish and chips and Sunday roasts. Not exactly the food of champions, but delicious nonetheless. In honor of the world’s greatest sporting event, The Bombardier is hosting its very own Games. Events include, but are not limited to, such classics as apple bobbing, blind beer tasting, blackjack, chess and beer pong. Check out its Facebook page for more information on how you can win gold or, rather, a free pint.
Opening times: Open every day from 12pm–2am.
Le Players at Grands Boulevards boasts 30 HD screens that play sporting events seven days a week. Though not guaranteed to be showing happenings from all 28 sports in this year’s Olympics, it is the place to head to if it’s the football fixtures that most interest you. The competitions started on Wednesday, August 3rd and will end with the finals played at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the women’s on Friday, August 19th, and the men’s on Saturday, August 20th.
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 5pm–2am; Saturday, 5pm–5am; and Sunday, 5pm–midnight.
If you don’t feel like going out and are lucky enough to be able to fit a television in your apartment, you can watch the Games unfold on France 2, France 3, France 4 and France Ô. They will be broadcasting over 700 hours of sport over the two weeks of triumphs, heartbreaks, and all those national anthems.