Updated with new viewing venues Feb. 20, 2014.
If you were in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics, you remember how exciting a time it was. With strangers high-fiving on the street and a constant buzz of anticipation in the air, it was an unbeatable time to be in the city. So, can Vancouver capture any of that buzz for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? The time difference with Russia may make it a challenge, but you can still find some great places to watch the Olympic Games with your fellow Vancouverites and cheer on Team Canada.
Vancouver Sports Bars
Vancouver has plenty of sports bars, and they’ll all be showing the Olympic action. Lucky for us on the west coast, our late-night bar hours correspond to morning event times in Sochi, so Vancouver sports bars will be showing Sochi’s morning events live each night. The B.C. government has extended bars' opening hours so they can stay show the men's hockey medal games live.
Pubs and Restaurants
It's often annoying how many restaurants in Vancouver have large TV screens going. During the Olympics, it can be a good thing! It's pretty much a given that if there are TV screens, there will be Olympic coverage. From low-end joints like Denny's to cozy spots like Novo Pizzeria and Ousi, the Olympics are on tap. Some pubs will open early to show the Canadian men's hockey games, including the Local on Kits Beach, opening at 9 am on Feb 16 for the game against Finland.
Pan Pacific Hotel
The Pan Pacific has set up an Olympic Cheering Centre at its Cascades Lounge. They'll be offering an Olympic-themed menu and showing coverage of the Games on their TV screens. There's also a 2010 Olympic torch for you to pose with and snap a few pictures.
CBC Canada House
Stop by the CBC Broadcast Centre on Hamilton Street every day during the Olympics from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to watch video highlights on the big screens. You can also pick up an official Sochi pin starting at noon each day.
Oakridge has set up an Olympic viewing centre in its West Galleria (dubbed the O Lounge), complete with couches and TV screens. For every gold medal Canada wins throughout the Games, Oakridge is giving away a $100 gift card.
The Festival Under the Bridge at Edible Canada House takes place Feb. 14 to 16 under the Granville Bridge behind Edible Canada on Granville Island. It's a ticketed event featuring live musicians, DJs, food, drinks, and three large projector screens showing recorded and live Olympic coverage.
The Richmond Oval, a venue from the 2010 Olympics, will be hosting a Family Day Olympic party on Feb. 10 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The oval will broadcast Olympic events on its big screens throughout the Games.
Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler will broadcast the 2014 Opening Ceremonies at 8 a.m. on Feb. 7 in the Olympic Plaza, with various Olympic themed activities on all day. There will be a big screen in the Olympic Plaza broadcasting Olympic coverage every day throughout the games from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Christina Newberry is a freelance writer and editor based in Vancouver.