Where to watch the Olympics in South Florida

Staff writer

The Olympic Games kick off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, and some locations in South Florida will be broadcasting the opening ceremony and events. Here are local places to cheer on your favorite athletes while enjoying drink and food specials.

JohnMartin's Irish Pub & Restaurant is having a Brazilian-themed celebration to start the Olympics season. Festivities include a Brazilian dancer, a Gisele Bundchen look-alike contest, prizes and masks. They also offer Brazilian food and drinks, like the caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, made with cachaça, a sugar-cane rum, sugar and lime. The Brazilian drinks cost $8 and small plates range from $5 to $8.50. There will also be a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., with house drinks starting at $3.50.

The celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The restaurant is located at 253 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables. For more information, go to JohnMartins.com.

BLT Prime is getting a start on the Summer Games by offering several dishes named after some of the nations participating in the Olympics. Options include the Jamaica burger – a jerk-pork patty and grilled pineapple combo, topped with pepper jam and plantain chips. There's also the Brazil burger, made with avocado, fried egg, shoestring potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese and guasacaca, a sauce made with avocado and fresh parsley. Fans can also enjoy a $5 draft beer of choice, with the purchase of any burger

BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested at 305-591-6606 or online. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami, at 4400 NW 87th Ave. The featured menu is launching on Friday, August 5 and available throughout the duration of the Olympic Games ending on Sunday, August 21. For more information, go to BLTPrimeMiami.com.

American Social will toast with the Brazilian spirit, Soul Cachaca, with the launch of a new cocktail menu, beginning on Friday until August 21. The sports bar and lounge has two locations, in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The varied menu will include five types of traditional caipirinha cocktails, each representing a country, for $13. Specialty cocktails include drinks inspired by the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Italy.

The Fort Lauderdale location is at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., and the Miami location is at 690 SW First Court. For more information, go to AmericanSocialBar.com.

The lounge at the Setai will transform into a Copacabana Beach-like atmosphere where guests will be able to enjoy beach views, Brazilian tunes and the Olympic Games on the big screen. Beginning on Friday, the lounge will offer a $16 cocktail special, featuring a mix of vodka, lemon, lime, and champagne, with gummy rings on top, doubling as Olympic-Rings.

The Setai's activities will take place from Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 21. It is located at 2001 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. For more information, go TheSetaiHotel.com.

Tap 42 is cheering the American teams on by pouring out a free pint of Funky Buddha Brewery and Tap 42's collaboration beer, 42 Truths Florida Pale Ale, to anybody sitting at the bar each time America wins a gold medal. The craft beer bar will be showing the Olympics throughout the month of August.

Specials include all locations: 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 1411 S. Andrew Ave., Fort Lauderdale and 301 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables. For more information, go to Facebook.com/Tap42Bar.

New York Grilled Cheese Co. is offering a Grilled Medal Pork + Mac Sandwich, made with American and Pepper Jack cheese, ghost pepper sauce, BBQ pulled Pork and Mac n' Cheese, in honor of the Olympic torch flame. The sandwich will only be available during the Olympics for $9.95.

Specials include all locations: 493 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton and 2207 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. For more, go to NewYorkGrilledCheese.com.

To commence the Olympic opening celebration, Dolce Italian, a South Beach hotspot at the Gale South Beach hotel, will be offering $8 caipirinhas, during their happy hour, from 4 to 8 p.m. Other offers include $8 wine by-the-glass, bottles for $25 and $8 appetizers.

The hotel is located at 1690 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. For more information, go to GaleHotel.com.

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