With the Summer Olympics kicking off on August 5 (and closing on August 21), sports bars across San Diego will be supporting the USA and other countries with viewing parties, drink specials and more. Here are thirteen places to catch the ceremonies, games and get in on all the Rio Olympics 2016 action.Read More
Where to Watch The Olympics in San Diego
Grab a drink and cheer for your favorite athlete
1. Wonderland Ocean Pub
Beautiful beachfront views, well-priced beers and appetizers (not to mention plenty of TVs) make Wonderland a great spot to park up and catch all the Olympic action this summer.
This neighborhood sports bar features 25 HDTVs, refined bites with everything from fried chicken skins and fancy popcorn to gourmet burgers, 18 beers plus two cocktails on tap. Catch an event or two during the weekday happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday (4 - 6:30 p.m.) with $5 drafts and 20 percent off specialty cocktails.
3. Social Tap
Where better to catch all the Olympic sporting action this summer than Social Tap's patio overlooking Petco Park in East Village? Grab some scratch made pub fare, craft beers and creative cocktails with friends during happy hour (4 – 6 p.m. daily) and enjoy $3.50 drafts, $4 house wines and $6 well martinis plus $3 chips & salsa and $5 truffle fries.
4. Draft Republic
There's shuffleboard and ping pong, plus plenty of TVs for your sports viewing pleasure at this Americana inspired gastro pub in the UTC. With 36 beers on tap plus a good selection of bites (we’re talking flatbreads, burgers and maple bourbon bacon sticks!) hit up the daily happy hour from 2 – 6 p.m. for $4 select beers, $5 select eats and more.
5. Common Theory
Kearny Mesa’s casual brewhouse serves up high-end bar food and beer-friendly bites, including killer truffle mac n’ cheese, yakitori-style kalbi skewers and a hearty sausage platter. From the taps there are 30+ rotating draft brews and a full wine list. Happy hour deals run from 3 to 6 p.m., while there are plenty of TVs for all your Olympic viewing needs.
6. The Duck Dive
Catch all the Olympic action on multiple TVs at this Mission Beach hangout, which offers gastropub-inspired fare, a rotating lineup of local and micro brews, plus craft cocktails in a casual beachside setting. Daily specials include $3.50 Absolut bloody buddies and $17.50 bottomless mimosas (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and 2-4-1 family style punch bowls from 3 – 9 p.m.
7. The Rabbit Hole
The grub is good, the beer is tasty and there are TVs a plenty at this elevated gastropub on Adams. Wet the whistle during happy hour with select $5 local drafts, wine by the glass and specialty cocktails. Eater recommended sips and bites include the duck wings, normal nachos with brisket and the (quite magical) Unicorn Lake punchbowl.
8. Lumberyard Tavern & Grill
With multiple flatscreen TVS (most of which will be tuned to the Olympics throughout August) this sports-centric Encinitas pub serves up plenty of brews, burgers and other tasty comfort food bites.
9. Backyard Kitchen & Tap
This indoor/outdoor spot on Garnet boasts multiple big screen TVS, a bar, fire pits and three cabanas. Enjoy $2 off cocktails, drafts (excluding Pacifico) and house wines, plus $3 housemade Kennebec chips, $6, BKYD wings and $9 pork ribs during the weekday happy hour from 3 - 6 p.m.
10. Slater's 50/50
The Liberty Station outpost of this popular local chain boasts 50 flat screen TVs and 111 taps, not to mention plenty of juicy build‑your‑own bacon-beef burgers and cocktails for the most diehard Olympic fans.
11. Shakespeare Pub & Grille
Enjoy live coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 5 from the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during Shakespeare’s happy hour, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Deals include 'Imperial' Pints (excl. Cask and Black Velvet's) for $5.75, well liquors $4.50, $1 off all bottled beers, plus appetizer specials from the food menu.
12. Jimmy O's
Del Mar’s buzzy sports bar offers up an all-American pub menu, brews, cocktails and of course lots of TVs for prime Olympic spectating. During happy hour enjoy $1 off all beers, $5 well drinks and house wine, $6 house margaritas and $2 off select appetizers. On Tuesday make that $3 tacos.
13. Don Chido
In honor of the Olympics, the folks at Don Chido have put together a fun themed tequila flight to represent the gold, silver and bronze of each Olympic medal. The Olympic Flight of Azunia Reposado, Blanco and Anejo tequilas will be offered throughout the entire month of August for $25 in celebration of the famed sporting event.