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Food and Drink Specials Celebrating the London 2012 Olympics

The ceremonies kick off tonight, and there are plenty of places to toast our athletes with on-theme dishes and cocktails.

Enjoy traditional British food such as fish and chips in honor of the Olympics. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

The London 2012 Olympics begin tonight, and over on the After Hours blog, we’ve rounded up bars where you can watch the opening ceremonies. But some local spots are really getting into the spirit with special dishes, cocktails, and other games-themed treats.

Art and Soul

Why: The bar at Art Smith’s Southern restaurant is serving up a cocktail with ingredients from Tennessee, Illinois, DC, Florida, and Virginia. And go USA, because when we win a gold medal, it’s half off for the next 15 minutes.

The Deal: The All American cocktail, made from whiskey, Hum liquor, honey syrup, soda water, White Hall Viognier, and a slice of orange. ($13).

When: Through August 12.

Bar Rouge

Why: Mixologist Rico Wisner has created a very American cocktail in honor of our athletes.

The Deal: Rouge, White & Blue cocktail: a blend of Bluecoat Gin, peach purée, house-made hibiscus grenadine, and a dash each of iced tea and lemon juice ($9).

When: Through August 12.

Good Stuff Eatery

Why: Spike Mendelsohn’s local chainlet celebrates the games with two tasty-sounding specials in honor of the host country.

The Deal: Try the Brit Burger (smoked English cheddar, caramelized onions, and horseradish mayo) with a Sticky Toffee milkshake.

When: Through August 12.

Johnny’s Half Shell

Why: The seafood spot has a special menu of snacks from merry olde England.

The Deal: A special menu of “pub snacks” is under construction, but we know it’ll include some classics: fish and chips, Scotch eggs, Welsh rarebit, cucumber sandwiches, and ham salad. Oh, yeah, and each snack costs just $2.50.

When: From 4:30 PM to close through August 12.

Ping Pong Dim Sum

Why: Pretend you’re running with the torch while sipping a flaming drink at this dumpling destination.

The Deal: A passion-fruit martini with a flaming float of Wray & Nephew overproof rum.

When: Always, but specially featured during the Olympics for $11.

PostScript at the Madison

Why: The European barista bar/actual bar comes replete with televisions for Olympic-viewing, and if you sit long enough, you can nab both the breakfast and the drink specials.

The Deal: For breakfast, there’s the Madison Olympic Power Breakfast—an giant egg-white omelet filled with spinach, mushrooms, and broccoli and served with local tomatoes, minted berry salad, and Greek yogurt layered with quinoa granola ($16). If you’re not planning on swimming the English Channel, try the London Fog Cutter cocktail, with London Dry gin, absinthe, maraschino liqueur, and kaffir lime leaves ($13).

When: Through August 12.

The Queen Vic British Pub

Why: The Queen Vic is so British, it’s opening a tuck shop stocked (say that three times fast) with authentic British goods.

The Deal: A special menu and drink specials is still being finalized, but one thing’s for sure: If you’re in the Queen Vic, you should cheer for England. Every time Britain wins a gold during the games, beers are just $4.

When: Through August 12.

Union Jack’s

Why: What better places to get into the spirit than at these two British-themed bars in Ballston and Bethesda?

The Deal: Both bars will open at 10 AM on weekends and serve UK and Irish pints ($4) with $2 off any Irish or UK bottles. During the games, a special menu of foods made with Newcastle will be available. If you order off that menu, you can add on a discount Newcastle ($3).

Bonus: On Saturday, July 28, Union Jack’s in Bethesda will host an Olympic doggie brunch from 11 AM to 2 PM, offering up British-themed doggie treats.

When: Through August 12.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Why: The hotel, opened by an Englishman and bought by an American company, is showing the games on 12 flat-screen HDTVs and offering deals on Budweisers and UK brews.

The Deal: Budweiser tallboys for the Americans ($4), and various ale from the United Kingdom and Ireland for our friends from across the pond ($5). There’s a special menu of “All-American bar bites,” including a double cheeseburger, a Philly cheesesteak, Buffalo wings, and apple pie (all under $10). Fear not, Brits, there’s also fish and chips.

When: 11 AM to 11:30 PM, through August 12.

Virtue Feed and Grain

Why: Eight flat-screens and a midday menu honoring the games make Virtue a good choice for a NOVA viewing party.

The Deal: Enjoy a menu of Olympics-inspired specials—Greek salad, moussaka, a Maryland crab sandwich, or Welsh rarebit—for $12. Add a can of beer for $2.

When: Monday through Saturday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM.

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