Where to Watch the Olympics in Boston

For a less-couch-potato-y way to watch the 2014 games in Sochi, you have to be at the right place, at the right time.

Parlor Sports Olympic Torch

Parlor Sports 2014 Winter Olympic Torch. (Photo via Parlor Sports on Facebook)

More than 40 New England athletes are competing in Sochi, Russia, for their chance to medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. To get into the Olympic spirit, consider celebrating the games the best way Boston knows how—drinking—at one of these area bars.

Cheer for Harvard at Grafton Street

How do you like them apples? Harvard women are kicking major butt in Sochi 2014 hockey. Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey; Julie Chu, Harvard Class of ’06 , and three current Harvard players, Lyndsey Fry, Michelle Picard, and Josephine Pucci are playing for Team U.S.A. Early morning on the 12th, the U.S. women’s hockey team will meet its archrival, Canada, on the ice. You won’t want to miss this one—things get heated whenever these two teams meet, and they’re even known for getting into fights with each other.

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m., Grafton Street, 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0400, graftonstreetcambridge.com.

Boston 2024 at Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar

What do you think about bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston? Dillon’s has invited the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee to talk about hosting the Olympics in Boston. Join the conversation and stick around to watch the actual 2014 Winter Olympics. Before you go, check out Garrett Quinn’s take on the why we should host the Olympics from our February issue.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar, 955 Boylston St., Boston, 617-421-1818, bostonsocialathletes.com.

Watch the Champions at Champions Boston

Catch New England figure-skating duo Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir vie for Olympic gold this week in the pairs competition. No matter how they fare, the two will leave the Olympic Games with a bronze medal in the brand-new team competition. Watch these national champions on one of 40 screens at Champions.

Wednesday, February 12, 8 p.m., Champions Boston, 110 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-927-5304, championsboston.com.

Root for the Bruins (Sort Of) at The Fours

Seven of our very own Boston Bruins are in Sochi, and while they might not all be playing for Team U.S.A., we should still show our Boston pride by sticking close to the Garden. On Thursday, February 13, U.S. Men’s Hockey plays against Slovakia; the Bruins’s captain Zdeno Chara will serve as captain for the Slovaks. Also keep an eye out for games with Canada, Finland, and the Czech Republic—Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named to Canada’s Olympic team for the second time, coach Claude Julien joins Bergeron on the Canada team as an assistant coach, goalie Tuukka Rask will play for Finland, and center David Krejci will play for the Czech Republic.

Thursday, February 13, 3 p.m., The Fours, 166 Canal St., Boston, 617- 720-4455, thefours.com.

Bar Olympics at Mass Ave Tavern

Always wanted to be an Olympian but never wanted to work out? Get off the couch, lazy. This is your chance to go for gold in Bubble Hockey, Fooseball, Jenga, and more. If you don’t want to play, stop by anyway to draw a Sochi Olympian’s name. If they win their event—you win a prize. The bar will show all the Olympics that NBC has to offer.

February 11 and 18, 7 p.m., Mass Ave Tavern, 94 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-927-4900, massavetavern.com.

Shenanigans at Parlor Sports

These dudes are really into the Olympics. With an Olympic torch in hand and #SochiProblem tweets on deck, watching the Olympics here is bound to get you in the spirit of the games. Voted Best Sports Bar for Best of Boston in 2013, Parlor Sports is a more cozy environment for sports enthusiasts. Known for their friendly staff, we’re secretly hoping they’ll let us take a lap with their Olympic torch.

Parlor Sports, 1 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-0231, parlorsportsbar.com.


Having #SochiProblems? Check out TV Guide’s listings to find out when NBC is showing your favorite winter sport.