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5 Bars In Paris Where You Can Watch The 2016 Rio Olympics

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Not for a long time has the Olympic spirit been under such strain. With the host nation mired in political scandals and public health epidemics, and athletes across disciplines being disqualified for doping offenses at unprecedented levels, it’s hard not to miss the halcyon days of the London Olympics in 2012 when the concern on everyone’s mind was a slightly unfortunate logo. But the greatest show on Earth must go on! Sadly, most of the headline events will be taking place in the dead of night for us Europeans: the men’s 100m final, for example, is at 3:45am on Sunday, August 14th. Nevertheless, mid-afternoon Rio time is dinnertime in Paris (we’re five hours ahead), so there will still be plenty of great sporting moments to enjoy live for those who have to get up for work in the morning. Here is our pick of the five best pubs to kick back with an apéro and watch the action in between August 5th and 21st.


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.

Wos Bar, 184 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris, France

Olympic Stairwell © ksobolev0/Pixabay

Olympic Stairwell | © ksobolev0/Pixabay

Murphy’s House

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.

Murphy’s House, 10 Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris, France

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Brazilian Fan | © Marco Verch/WikiCommons

The Highlander

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.

The Highlander, 8 Rue de Nevers, 75006 Paris, France

The Bombardier

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.

The Bombardier, 2 place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France 

Le Players

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.

Le Players, 161, rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France

Olympic Swimmers © skeeze/Pixabay

Olympic Swimmers © skeeze/Pixabay

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.