Where to watch the Rio Olympics in Vancouver

Aug 5 2016, 6:39 pm

The Rio 2016 Olympics kick off on this month, and while attending the world’s biggest sporting event in Brazil might be a bit out of the price range for most of us, Vancouver’s local pub scene has your back.

Featuring daily food and drink specials, pubby atmospheres, and a colossal amount of televisions, here are a few ideas of where to take in an event or two while cheering on your favourite athletes.

Shark Club

Photo courtesy Shark Club

Photo courtesy Shark Club

Olympic fever hits the Shark Club on West Georgia Street. The premium sports bar has over 60 TVs and two huge media walls, so they will play it all. Sound will be dependent on what the most popular event is at any given time.

Address: 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-4275
TVs: 60

Phat Sports Bar & Grill

This Yaletown sports bar is offering non-stop coverage of the Olympic Games. With a 9 am opening time sports fans won’t miss a single sprint, kick, or throw.

Address: 1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-684-6239
TVs: 18 Tvs

Malone’s Social Lounge and Taphouse

Photo courtesy Malone's

Photo courtesy Malone’s Social Lounge and Taphouse

Malone’s will be broadcasting all of the most popular events, all of the semi-finals and finals, as well taking requests from patrons if they would like any particular event to be turned on. During the vast majority of these games Malone’s daily Hoppy Hour is on.

Address: 608 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-684-9977
TVs: 18 TVs, plus one projector screen

Red Card Sports Bar & Eatery

Providing a top-notch setting, this downtown sports bar is a firm favourite when it comes to watching any type of televised sporting game. Red Card plans to show the Olympics on numerous screens throughout the duration of the games.

Address: 560 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-4460
TVs: 16 HD TVs and 2 106″ projector screens

Cambie Bar & Grill

"The Cambie" (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

“The Cambie” (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

For cheap drinks and all your Olympic viewing needs head on over to the Cambie. This casual haunt will be playing a stack of events, including early morning games as they’re open from 7 am to 2 am Sunday through Thursday, 7 am to 3 am on Fridays, and 8 am to 3 am on Saturdays.

Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-9158
TVs: 13 (brand new HDTVs)

The Blarney Stone

The home for all fans in Vancouver to cheer on Team Ireland, The Blarney Stone will be showing all live and replayed events between the times of 11 am and 2 am (3 am on weekends). Prime time events will be shown on the pub’s 240 inch viewing screen and daily drink specials and food features will vary from day to day.

Address: 216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-4322
TVs: 16


Inside Timber (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Inside Timber (Jess Fleming/Daily Hive)

Timber on Robson Street offers a Canadian-themed setting for those who bunker down to watch the Olympic Games in the eatery’s comfortable-casual surrounds. With 10 TVs Timber will be screening a range of events (some with sound, some without). If loads of people request one particular event, especially a gold match like women’s basketball or men’s soccer, the staff can put it on all TVs with sound.

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-661-2166
TVs: 10

Village Taphouse

The Village Taphouse is a terrific spot to watch the Olympic Games. The brick-lined tavern will broadcast a range of events on their screens over the next couple of weeks. Check out their weekly drink specials here.

Address: 900 Main Street (Village at Park Royal), West Vancouver
Phone: 604-922-8823
TVs: 17

The Donnelly Pubs

The Donnelly pubs will be showing the Olympics live throughout the games. While their emphasis will be on the core pub sports like soccer and rugby, the staff is ready and able to able to tune in whatever feed or Olympic sport the guests would like to see.

Library Square will be the home base to watch the men’s and women’s Rugby 7s while soccer pubs like Butcher & Bullock, Blackbird, and Lamplighter will be the place for the Olympic soccer matches.

Expect all big screens to be tuned in whenever Canada takes to the pitch, track, or field to compete.

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