The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off tomorrow with the opening ceremonies in the Russian city of Sochi. To celebrate, many local restaurants and bars are holding food and drink specials. Some are even offering their own take on the Olympic games. The map below highlights some of the best deals or most interesting events taking place in and around Chicago during the Olympics' run.Read More
Where to Enjoy the 2014 Sochi Olympics
1. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Jake Melnick’s is adding a little “international flair” to their menu with items such as a French onion burger and spicy masala wings. Guzzle down Revolution Brewing’s Cross of Gold to be like an Olympian.
2. Newport Chicago Bar & Grill
Speaking of Revolution Brewery, they will be teaming with Newport Bar and Grill for a craft beer tasting this Friday from 7:00 p.m. until 8 p.m. Knock back a few and watch the opening festivities on their 19 high-def TVs.
3. American Junkie
American Junkie is offering a red, white and blue sno cone (pina colada, cherry, blue raspberry with Skyy Vodka) for $10 during the Olympic opening ceremonies and all hockey games.
Guests can participate in Sedgwick’s "Olympwick’s Games" Thursdays (Feb. 13 and 20) and Sundays (Feb. 9, 16 and 23). Competitions include the Alpine challenge (two contestants face off by tackling Sedgwick’s tater tot mountain covered in bacon, queso and sour cream – first one who cleans their plate wins).
5. Chicago Q
Cheer on Team USA at Chicago Q with some BBQ and new drinks, such as the “pins & needles” (Plymouth gin, St. Germain and Prosecco).
6. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.
This year's Russia-hosted games gave Municipal Bar + Dining Company the idea to serve up $6 Moscow mules and $5 Russian standard cocktails for the opening and closing ceremonies.
7. Franklin Tap
Franklin Tap’s locations are holding Olympic opening ceremony viewing parties this Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests can order drink specials from now until February 22.
8. Schoolyard Tavern
International burgers (Greece – lamb burger, Spain – beer burger with chorizo, more) are cooking up at seven Four Corners Tavern Group locations (Brownstone, Benchmark, Crossing, Kirkwood, Schoolyard, Sidebar and WestEnd) starting Monday, February 10 until Friday, February 21.
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9. Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes will be giving away a free cupcake to the first 100 customers who whisper “GOLD” tomorrow. Olympic cupcakes are on sale now through Sunday, February 23.
10. The Pony
The Pony has a few themed specials to celebrate the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, chief among them a 24-oz “torch cup” for $6. There’s also something dubbed the “red headed slut” for $5 in honor of Shaun White.
Looking to splurge a little and love uni? Sunda will be offering “gold medal uni tempura” from Monday, February 17 through Sunday, February 23 (4 pieces for $24).
12. Old Town Social
Head over to Old Town Social for drink specials named after Olympic medals for $10 and Olympic torch shots (cinnamon whiskey and caramel vodka) for $6 each. They will also have an ice luge on hand for the opening ceremonies, as well as a “breakfast of champions” during the weekends the Olympics are running for $13.
13. Howells & Hood
Get over to Howells & Hood for their Olympics flight feature, dubbed “Winter Games,” which is five pours of brew for $18. Included among them are Bourgogne Des Flanders from Belgium and La Fin Du Monde from Canada.
14. Emporium Arcade Bar
$10 gets you a spot into what Emporium Arcade Bar is calling "the biggest arcade video game competition ever, of all time," this Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The competition ends with its own closing ceremony on Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.