Things to Do Olympics NYC: Where to watch the 2018 Winter Games and score food & drink specials By Shaye Weaver Updated February 13, 2018 1:14 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The Olympics are back and this time it's all about the ice. The Winter Olympics kicked off Feb. 9 with the torch lighting and march of athletes from 92 countries during the opening ceremony, setting the tone for the 17-day marathon of 102 events in more than seven sports at 15 disciplines, from Alpine skiing to curling. Pyeongchang, South Korea, this year’s host, is very far away, so New Yorkers are making up for the excitement with their own fun with drink specials, curling tournaments, viewing parties and more. We've gathered a list of where to watch the Olympics live, from the first games to the very last event on Feb. 25. Après at The Knick Photo Credit: The Knickerbocker Hotel You'll feel like you're in an alpine lodge at this pop-up enclave at the Knickerbocker hotel. The space includes a white birch arch, faux fur rugs, throws and pillows, seasonal dishes by Chef Charlie Palmer and a hot cocktail menu by mixologist Steven Rhea. Drinks include Chartreuse Hot Chocolate, Cowboy Coffee and Hot Buttered Rum. (Opens at 4 p.m. through March, 6 Times Square, theknickerbocker.com) STK Photo Credit: STK Cheer on Team USA and sip on Olympics-themed cocktails at both STK locations. Specialties include "The Winner's Podium," a trio of lemon drop shots with gold, silver and bronze sugar rims served with a small silver seafood tower platter; the "Olympic Torch Dessert," flaming cotton candy with hidden strawberry shortcake inside; and "USA Shotskis," group shots with social media photos. (26 Little West 12th St. and 1114 Sixth Ave., Manhattan, togrp.com) W New York - Downtown Photo Credit: W Hotels In honor of the games' host city Pyeongchang, the hotel's Living Room bar has a soju cocktail menu, created by Korean restaurant Oiji, open not only to guests but visitors throughout the Olympics. Those who order the cocktails will also get a free face mask by Korean beauty brand, The Face Shop. (Sunday-Mondays, 5 to 11 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., 8 Albany St., wnewyorkdowntown.com) Tender Photo Credit: Sanctuary Hotel NYC If you want to watch every detail of the games this year, this lounge-y restaurant has nine 55-inch TV screens and two 82-inch projector screens. While you watch, munch on Tender's snacks, like avocado fries, crabcakes and sip on craft beer and artisan cocktails. (Opens 11:30 a.m. during the week and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 130 W. 47th St., tendernyc.com) Pennsy Food Hall Photo Credit: Pennsy Food Hall You don't have to settle for one type of cuisine when watching the games at Pennsy Hall. Take your pick of one of the 14 TVs in the food hall and one of six eateries within, including Pa LaFrieda with its Korean-style stick "short rib" sandwich; Sabi Sushi's Korean bibimbap sushi; Little Beet's "Gold Bowl" with greens; braised pork shoulder; sweet potato mac and cheese; Cinnamon Snail's treats; Ribalta Mo's "Snowflake Combo" pizza; and Taco Dumbo's "Gold Medal Taco." Right outside at Plaza 33, a temporary, South Korean ski lodge-themed "Olympic Village" will be set up until Feb. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. with curling tournaments. (11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, thepennsy.nyc) Virgil's Real BBQ Photo Credit: Virgil's Real BBQ This special red, white and blue cocktail called the "All American" will be available at Virgil's Real BBQ through the end of the Olympics on Feb. 25. Made with Skyy strawberry vodka, frozen lemonade and blue Curaçao, the $12 drink is made to get you in the Winter Olympics spirit. (152 W. 44th St., Times Square, virgilsbbq.com) Haven Rooftop Photo Credit: Sanctuary Hotel NYC What could be cozier than catching the Winter Olympics in a rooftop bar that looks like a ski chalet with eight 55-inch TVs? Haven Rooftop is airing the games on its TVs and has calamari, fish tacos and craft cocktails to enjoy. (Opens at 4 p.m., 132 W. 47th St., havenrooftop.com) Panel discussion and viewing party (Feb. 15) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Richard Heathcote Take a political glance at the Olympics, which are set in Pyeongchang, South Korea, amid rising military tensions involving North Korea, accusations of corruption against the International Olympic Committee and the ban of Russia over doping allegations. A panel of experts, including "Guardian" writer Jules Boykoff, professor Amira Rose Davis, and human rights activist Minky Worden, will discuss these issues and how the games promote "celebration capitalism" around the world, according to organizers. Following the discussion, there will be a viewing party featuring a big screen and salty snacks. (6 p.m., Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office, 275 Madison Ave., Suite 2114, Manhattan, rosalux-nyc.org) Street curling Photo Credit: iStock All 8,000-square-feet of the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel terrace have transformed into two lanes of street curling. There will be competitions each day throughout the Olympics for $5 a game, through Feb. 25. Don't forget to catch the actual games on the hotel's 37 TVs. (noon to 11 p.m., 218 W. 35th St. rennycmidtown.com) Mr. Purple Photo Credit: Mr. Purple Mr. Purple's "cabin in the sky" will project the games all month long on its large screen and offer more winter-inspired cocktails like "S'more Than a Feeling" and "Cure for the Common Cold." (4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday and Tuesday; 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday; 180 Orchard St., Manhattan, mrpurplenyc.com) The VNYL Photo Credit: The VNYL For the entire duration of the Olympics, this multilevel bar will screen the games on their 36-foot-tall screen with surround sound. Drink specials abound with cocktails like "The Apollo Ohno" and the "Tara Lipinski," and food offerings start at $12 for sliders, flatbreads, salad and meatballs. (5 p.m. to midnight and later, 100 Third Ave., Manhattan, thevnyl.com) Atwood Sports Bar & Lounge Photo Credit: Atwood Sports Bar & Lounge Red, white and blue shots will be served on Atwood's custom Winter Olympics shot-ski for $12. The games will be on its 15 TVs through Feb. 25 with wine, beer and house cocktails for $5. (8 p.m., 986 Second Ave., atwoodny.com) By Shaye Weaver Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.