The Opening Ceremony kicking off the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang is on Friday, February 9, marking the start of when plenty of bars and restaurants around town are using the Team Olympics hook to draw more foot traffic inside.
Temporary drink and food specials that feature fun and athletic twists are now live until the worldwide sporting event ends on Sunday, February 25. Lots of spots are playing up the Korean theme, while others are making drinking a team sport (think: shot ski deals at City Tap Penn Quarter).
Here are a few ways to score a deal while watching the big event.
8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
A USA Doughnut ($3.25), a vanilla glazed doughnut with raspberry drizzle, blueberries and the letters USA piped in chocolate, will be available at the expanding donut shop during the duration of the winter Olympics.
City Tap Penn Quarter
901 Ninth Street NW
This Washington Capitals sports bar is naturally all about the hockey portion of the Olympics, and playing up a team drinking event is also a given. A “shot ski” — aka, a long board patrons simultaneously tip to sip inserted shots — costs $20 during all prime time U.S. men’s and women’s hockey games. Shot skis will also be available during the Olympics for $35 while other sports are airing.
700 F Street NW
The Kimpton hotel restaurant is running a prix-fixe Olympics menu inspired by executive chef Kyoo Eom’s South Korean heritage. The two-course deal includes guinea hen dumplings and spicy marinated pork for $35 per person from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 25 (with the exception of Wednesday, February 14) during dinner. Head bartender Sarah Ruiz is also whipping up a Let It Snoju cocktail ($13), served in a snowball-shaped glass and made with soju, matcha-honey syrup, and lemon, as well as a Kimchi Bloody Mary ($14).
Fairmont Washington D.C.
2401 M Street NW
Starting on Saturday, February 10, at 5 p.m., a big screen in the hotel lobby will pair well with specials from executive chef Jordi Gallardo. Korean-inspired food and drink deals include Korean lettuce wrap with duck confit, and kimchi slaw ($8) Kloud Premium Lager from Chungju, South Korea ($6).
Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
The hotel is getting into the spirit with an Olympics happy hour at its Art and Soul restaurant. Every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, February 25, find new $10 cocktails like a Triple Axle with sake, St. Germaine elderflower, lemon, and salted flowers alongside food specials.
1423 P Street NW
Unlock Olympics specials on the longtime Logan Circle bar’s regular and late happy hour menus, with bites like bulgogi tacos and Korean chicken skewers with gochujang and cocktails that double as odes to countries, including The price of gold (U.S.), Icarus (Russia), and Cool Runnings (Jamaica).
Quinn’s On The Corner
1776 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.
The Rosslyn bar is getting up early on Saturday, February 17 to tune in to the U.S. vs. Russia men’s hockey game. Starting at 6:45 a.m., brunch at Quinn’s goes until 5 p.m. and includes $1 champagne and entrees like smoked salmon eggs benedict, a breakfast burger, and chicken and waffles.
11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va.
This spot in suburbia is offering two specials during the Winter Olympics: Bulgogi poutine with marinated beef, cheddar cheese curds, Korean gravy and gochugara aioli ($14) and sweet potato doughnuts ($7).
Upper West Side Cafe
2233 M Street NW
Leave it to the sports-themed Squash On Fire to capitalize on the Olympics. Fans can work up a sweat at the squash court and take a seat at its modern bar that’s surrounded by huge screens airing every Olympian’s move. There’s also happy hour specials and tapas.
2650 Virginia Avenue NW
Starting Friday, February 9, scenic rooftop bar Top of the Gate will be broadcasting the Winter Olympics and offering three specialty “Gold, Silver and Bronze” cocktails through February 25. Its transformed Top of the Skate area will host weekly hockey goal contests. Adults who score a tough shot win a free cocktail.