From February 7 to February 23, cameras the world over will focus in on Sochi, Russia – host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games. For 16 days, families will gather around their TV sets to see which athletes will take home gold, silver and bronze medals in their chosen disciplines. Some events, like speed skating, ski jumping and ice hockey, date back to 1924 while others are more recent. Whether you’re into figure skating or curling, you’ll be able to relish it all. Should you decide to slip away from the comfort of your home into a rousing social environment, below is a round up of some of the coolest bars in Los Angeles ready to give the 2014 Winter Olympics a warm welcome.
8151 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
If you’re looking for cold beer, hot toddies, infused vodka and scrumptious international cuisine, this Russian venue is a gold medal contender. Traktir offers an extensive wine collection to satisfy American, Eurasian and European taste buds. Within cosmopolitan ambiance, guests are treated to such delectable eats as flame-grilled shashlik, lamb chops and beef stroganoff, among other hearty dishes. While viewing the Olympics on any of the site’s several HD TV monitors, be sure to sample some of its hot appetizers that include meat-filled tortellini, stuffed cabbage, chicken crepes and Russian-style dumplings.
San Francisco Saloon
11501 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
If there’s a competition going on anywhere in the world and you want to see it, this vivacious neighborhood sports bar has your ticket to all of the action. With more than 30 HD TV screens hugging its walls, you’ve got a front-row seat to view the Olympics from start to finish. The San Francisco Saloon is known for its chilled beer, buffalo wings and substantial selection of appetite-pleasing Angus beef or Shelton Farm turkey burgers. While rooting for your favorite speed skater, be sure to taste its San Francisco-style margaritas and specialty cocktails for an experience that will make you feel thankful for being on the opposite side of the monitor.
10968 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Stepping into this historic bar near the UCLA campus is like taking a stroll down memory lane. Established in 1969, SEPI’s is the oldest restaurant/pub in Westwood Village and has remained while other bars have come and gone. Equipped with large HD TV monitors strategically positioned throughout the place, sports fans are always in prime position to catch the Winter Olympic Games. This oft-crowded place is recognized for its broad offerings of specialty submarine sandwiches, classic wraps, meat-lover’s quesadillas and fresh salads. The beverage menu includes more than a dozen different types of draft beer that can be purchased by the pint, mug or pitcher.
72 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Situated in historic Old Pasadena, this unique meeting place approaches its starting mark equipped with a combined total of three bars, 17 HD plasma TV monitors and three magnanimous projection screens. In addition to chicken strips, popcorn shrimp, buffalo wings and burgers, there are also options for veggie lovers. This venue sticks to an impressive selection of premium beer, specialty cocktails and well drinks. For those who like to hear music alongside the Olympics, a hip-hop DJ will keep you well entertained. A lively dance floor supplements this site’s multi-disciplines of fun and excitement.
Soup’s Sports Grill
21028 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Co-owned and operated by professional baseball pitcher Jeff “Soup” Suppan and his wife, Dana, this popular hangout in the San Fernando Valley is designed for those that appreciate competitive athletics, especially the Olympics. Surrounded by attention-grabbing memorabilia, this energizing venue features a commanding bank of HD TV monitors that allows patrons to watch their chosen sporting event while enjoying a scrumptious meal, including Baja wraps, signature burgers and beer-battered fries. Its extensive alcoholic beverage menu, which features a wide array of international whiskeys, cocktails and specialty drinks, stands as podium-worthy.
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