Where to Watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Aug 2, 2016 in Roundups

The Rio Summer Olympics open on Friday August 5.  While you can stay at home and watch it on your television (or, more likely, your computer), it’s always more fun to watch it out at a bar. Crowds of cheering patrons heighten the experience, and you can easily order another beer or plate of wings. Here are our favorite spots to watch the Summer Olympic Games 2016. Did we miss your favorite bar to watch the Olympics? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter.

Portland isn’t famous for its sports bars so much as its craft beer and cocktails, but we do have Blitz, a local chain of classy, clean sports bars with large tap lists. Blitz Ladd, named for being right off Ladd’s Addition, is showing the Olympic Games this year, so grab a plate of ‘tochos’ and settle in. (2239 SE 11th Ave.; 503-236-3592)

EastBurn
EastBurn always participates in holidays and major events, and the Rio Olympics are no exception. Downstairs in the bar, two large TVs and the usual two smaller ones will all be set up to show the games. (1800 E Burnside St.; 503-236-2876)

Century Bar
After months of anticipation, Portland’s newest, biggest “sports bar that’s not a sports bar” is finally open. Here, you can sit in the 250 person stadium seating room and watch the Olympic Games on the massive high-definition TVs that descend from the ceiling. If you’re watching the track & field segments, you might as well order an Impala, named for the antelope (not the car), as they are amazing long jumpers. It’s made with tequila, lime, agave, bitters, and Squirt. (930 SE Sandy Blvd.)

Lechon
Normally, this South American style restaurant doesn’t show games of any sort, but because of the Olympics’ Brazilian setting this year, Lechon is getting in on the action. The restaurant is setting up a television in its bar section to screen the game, as well as offering a special Olympics menu. Starting Thursday and continuing through the run of the games, Lechon will be serving up a special “What the Chef is Eating” Brazilian menu, and don’t forget to toast Brazil with a Caipirinha. (113 SW Natio Pkwy.; 503-219-9000)

Prost!
Prost! is one of the best tap houses in Portland, and, along with its sister bar Stammtisch, it's the best place for German beer in the city. Whether you’re rooting for Germany or the US, a helles tastes just as good. Prost! is also making use of its patio and the fact that it’s the Summer Olympics—You can watch the game inside or out this year. (4237 N Mississippi St.; 503-954-2674)

Kells Brewpub
Kells Irish Pub is a West Coast institution, with authentic Irish pubs in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Portland has two locations, including the brewery where Kells’ beers are mde. Kells Brewpub will be showing the Olympic Games this year, so if you’re a fan of the Irish team or just want a nice Irish Stout while you watch, head on over. (210 NW 21st Ave.; 503-719-7175)

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