The Olympic Games are the world’s greatest sporting competition and we’ve found a number of sports bars in Wellington where you can watch them.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee, in conjunction with Sport Wellington has set up four “Live Sites” around the capital where fans can come together and show their support for Kiwis competing in London.
Four Kings Sports Bar in Dixon Street is one of these Live Sites. It will become a home away from home for soccer fans during the Games. Capital Football will be showing the men’s and women’s Oly Whites games live at 6:45 am on the 27th of July and the 1st of August. Head down to Four Kings, have some breakfast and get behind our footballers. They’ll be open from 6am and there are some great breakfast options including rolled oats with grilled banana ($8), creamy mushrooms on five grain toast ($15) or the Four Kings Big Breakfast of grilled sirloin, bacon, sausage, mushroom and hash brown ($20).
Chicago Sports Café is also a Live Site and has athletics as its focus. They’ll be screening the men’s and women’s marathons on the 5th and 12th of August at 9:55pm. Show your support for the in form Kim Smith, the sole New Zealand entrant in the women’s event. Chicago’s large menu includes pizzas, stone grill and main meals such as the impressive 400gm Texan Rib Eye Steak, the “Hurricane Burger” or cannelloni. Mains range in price from $17 to $28.
Lovelock’s Sports Bar is named after Jack Lovelock, who won the 1500 metres at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, making him New Zealand’s first ever gold medallist.
You can watch all sports here, not just Super Rugby. There’s a TAB on the premises, if you fancy having a punt. Plus, they serve Hell Pizza, so grab a slice and a pint and let the Games begin!
Kitty O’Shea’s in Courtenay Place is a great place to catch sport on the big screen. They’re open 7 days from midday until late and being an Irish pub, Kitty’s knows how to party and has a real international vibe so you’ll feel right at home no matter who you support.
If you’re a Trentham local, head along to the Tote & Furnace to catch the opening ceremony of the Games. Coverage starts at around 8pm, but why not arrive a little earlier to get into the party mood?
The other two Olympic Live Sites are located at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie and the New Zealand Olympic Museum in Queens Wharf. At the ASB Sports Centre you can try various sports featured in the Games and at the Olympic Museum you can leave a message of support for our athletes and watch the games on the big screens. All four Live Sites will operate from the 26th of July until the 13th of August.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
16 July 2012