7/26/2012 10:41:00 AM

Where to Eat and Drink While Watching the Olympic Games in DC

The Queen Vic
Newsflash: the summer Olympic Games begin tomorrow in England. Here in sweltering DC, sports lovers and armchair athletes are fantasizing about sipping Pimms Cup cocktails in air conditioned comfort while following the action on TV. Happily, our Brit–themed dining establishments, and plenty of others, have them covered. Here are some possibilities to check out:

Art and Soul: This all-American on Capitol Hill has devised a special cocktail for sipping during the games, featuring ingredients sourced from the USA (Pritchard’s Lincoln county whiskey, Hum Liquor, rosemary honey syrup, White Hall Viognier) costing $13. It will be half-price at the bar for 15 minutes after the U.S. wins a Gold medal. (Be on your toes!).

The Brixton: Adams Morgan’s hot new Anglo-American will open the second floor lodge at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday brunch, and during its regular evening hours for the games. Sip Pimms Cups, English style beers and pretend you’re visiting the Scottish Highlands as you check out the decor.

Johnny’s Half Shell: Celebrating its patio’s spiffy redo, this Capitol Hill New American will offer classic pub snacks like fish 'n' chips, scotch eggs, cucumber sandwiches and Welsh Rarebit for $2.50 at the new terrace bar from 4:30 PM ‘til close.

Queen Vic: This Atlas District spot is as close as you’ll get to a real deal English pub this side of the Atlantic. The folks there will be rooting for the Brits, naturally, and it will be serving $4 Newcastle Browns on any day that the Great Britain wins a Gold Medal.

Virtue Feed and Grain: Yes, it's more Irish influenced than anything, but when it comes to food, there's some crossover. What’s more this Old Town mega-pub has a huge bar and comfy lounge seating near big screens. The kitchen will be cooking up special fare including a Welsh Rarebit, that will be offered for $12 at lunch at the bar ($2 more gets a can of beer).


  1. I tried Johnny's Half Shell farm-raised chicken with old-fashioned slippery dumplings, its soo delicious. They have a healthy bar scene with great happy hour specials and unbeatable regional cuisine. Its good thing we went there during the Olympic Games.

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