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Local bars and restaurants offering drink specials, games-themed meals, and more. By Amanda Yeager
London Olympic Stadium hosts the opening ceremonies Friday night. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

There’s been a lot of buzz about what exactly we’re going to see during the three-hour-long Olympic opening ceremonies in London this Friday (horses? sheep? David Beckham?!) Whatever artistic director Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) has up his sleeve, it’s sure to be worth a watch. And what better way to do so than with a drink and some friends? Whether you want to catch the show at a sports bar or a British pub, read on for a list of the best places to be Friday night at 7:30.

Union Jack’s

This spot is billing itself as the official British pub for the London Olympics, and is offering a roster of specials to back up that claim. Get in the London spirit with $4 Newscastle pints and a companion menu of British favorites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. Fill out a gold-medal raffle ticket and you can be entered into a drawing for a Heineken home draft system. (Specials apply to both the Ballston and Bethesda locations.)

Public House No. 7

For more food and drink specials, check out Public House No. 7 in Falls Church, where the opening ceremonies will be playing on ten flat-screen HDTVs. In addition to half-price rail drinks from 4 to 8, this British pub will be serving up an Olympic platter with traditional bar food from around the world—think bangers and mash from the UK, samosas from India, and good old American Buffalo wings.

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Posted at 12:30 PM/ET, 07/25/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Mixologist Erik Holzherr’s Atlas Arcade is the newest spot to offer games along with your cocktails. By Travis M. Andrews

Photograph courtesy of iStockPhoto.

Wayne Rhice was bored with sitting and drinking at bars.

“I wanted to do something different, and I thought I’d incorporate people being active, going out, and . . . being social,” he says. So he started the Adult Social Circle DMV Meetup Group as a way to get twentysomethings to do just that. One of the group’s recurring activities is a trip to Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant and bar that features a variety of video games. “[Video games] are actually a great way to mingle with people,” Rhice says. “It’s a great ice breaker, but it’s really nonexistent in the area.”

Mixologist Erik Holzherr is changing that. The owner of Wisdom and Church & State recently converted his H Street hangout Fruit Bat into an arcade with a bar (or a bar with an arcade, depending on where your priorities lie). It’s called Atlas Arcade, which Holzherr jokes allows patrons having a drink upstairs at Church & State to say, “After Church, we’ll go to AA.”

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Posted at 12:01 PM/ET, 07/24/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()