Five Must-See Summer Olympics Parties
Benjamin Leatherman The Olympic flag waves atop the George & Dragon along with the Union Jack.
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In case you've missed the non-stop advertisements on television or online, we're only two days away from the kick off of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While for some folks, the ginormous 16-day sporting competition that starts on Friday is likely something they'll ignore, much like they did two years ago during all the World Cup madness.
For others, it's a cherished event that they will watch with rapt attention, much like they did two years ago during World Cup. And you might just to find these aficionados engrossed in all the athletic action while hanging out at their neighborhood sports bars, Others might attend one of the viewing parties at nearby British pub (natch) or participate in one of the nutty Olympics-inspired events that will take place at Valley bars and nightspots this weekend.
Benjamin Leatherman Some of the swimsuit-clad staff at El Santo Cantina y Mas in Scottsdale.
El Santo Cantina y Mas
Although this North Scottsdale spot's swimming pool is far from Olympic-sized, you might witness a few patrons making like Michael Phelps while footage from the games air on any of 30 different HDTVs and big screen boob tube's inside El Santo starting on Friday. The daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. promises two-for-one drinks and half-prices appetizers and small plates.
The British Open Pub
A party in honor of the opening ceremonies will take place on Friday night starting at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, drink specials like $1.50 Founders Ale, $2.75 Corona products, and $3 you-call-it cocktails will be available for the occasion.
16th Street Sports Bar
English expat Keith Prescott, who originally hails from Liverpool, is planning on showing both the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on any of his establishment's multitude of flatscreen TVs, as well as much of the various competitions taking place throughout the duration of the games. During Friday night's viewing party, bartenders will serve Carlsberg bottles for $3 and Jack Daniels, Jameson, and Jim Beam for $3.50. A trivia battle will ensure from 7 to 9 p.m. and is like to feature plenty of Olympics-related questions. Admission is free.
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