Time flies and it’s that magical time yet again. Occurring only once every four years, the 2016 Olympic Games
are fast-approaching. If you weren’t able to score some tickets and fly to Rio
to watch them live (and take the opportunity to do some sightseeing
or just get some vitamin D
), you can still watch all the events on a big screen. Here is our round-up of the best places in Athens
open during the hottest month of the year to watch the Olympic Games.
James Joyce Irish Pub
Probably one of the most famous pubs in Athens, James Joyce Irish Pub is located beneath the Acropolis and is a great spot to watch live sporting events. Open early until late, the James Joyce presents an extensive menu of ales, drinks and food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You and your paréa (or BFFs) will surely have a great time watching the events there. Just make sure to come early as the pub has a big fan base and lots of regulars.
James Joyce Irish Pub, Astiggos 12, Athens, Greece, +30 210 323 5055
Athens Sports Bar
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Athens Sports Bar
The Athens Sports Bar is conveniently located near the Acropolis museum and boasts a satellite connection to global sporting events. Open daily and frequented by lots of young people thanks to the hostel next door, the bar offers a variety of snacks, beers and drinks. If you are very hungry, you could always pop next door to the Fish Café and order a more hearty meal (the burgers are to die for) while still enjoying the events, as the bar has multiple screens. We told you this bar takes sports very seriously.
Athens Sports Bar, Veikou 3, Athens, Greece, +30 210 923 5811
O’Connell’s Irish Pub
An excellent pub food menu, a simple yet fun atmosphere. This is what you get at O’Connell’s Irish pub. This vibrant pub, located in the maritime hub of the country, is your go-to spot to watch live sports tournaments and events. Just make sure to come early to grab a stool and kindly ask the bartender for your event, as the service works on popular demand basis. So come with your buddies, order a platter of tasty nachos de la casa and enjoy the show…
O’Connell’s Irish Pub, Akti Miaouli 79, Piraeus, Greece, +30 210 428 1110
My Place All Day Bar
Another great place to catch one of the biggest international sporting events of the year is My Place All Day Bar in Holargos. Though this neighborhood is not necessarily known for its night life and bar scene, My Place has managed to make a name for itself there. With its low-key vibe and delicious cocktails and beers, you will surely feel right at home watching your daily dose of sports at this cozy bar.
My Place All Day Bar, 25is Martiou 22, Holargos, Greece, +30 210 651 9301
The Lazy Bulldog Pub
Why not combine your Olympics viewing-party with great food or a night out afterwards? If that idea sounds appealing, head to the Lazy Bulldog Pub in the Gazi area. Its optimal location near bars, clubs and concert venues makes it a great stop for tasty dinner or snacks before going out. Order a Chios beer pint, some fries and watch a game before deciding where you’ll spend the rest of the night partying.
The Lazy Bulldog Pub, Orfeos 2 & Persefonis 13, Athens, Greece, +30 697 502 6836
The Silly Wizards
Two minutes away from the Agia Paraskevi main square in northern Athens, you will feel like you’ve landed in the MacLaren’s pub doppelganger (Wait, you’ve never seen How I Met Your Mother?). A picturesque English pub with a wide selection of beers and ales, The Silly Wizards gathers a large crowd of fans and will be showing the Game’s events but in mute. So if you are a multi-tasker and can watch a game while discussing global warming and gulping down a pint of beer on the cool balcony, then you will feel right at home here.
The Silly Wizards, Peloponnisou 79, Athens, Greece, + 30 210 654 3908