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Best Places to Watch the 2014 Winter Olympics

Carry the torch by rooting for your country of choice at various sports bars and a museum dedicated to news.

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Indulge yourself at this elegant Foggy Bottom locale.

Located just across the street from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop, this stylized take on the American tavern will be abuzz for the Sochi Games. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy any number of fantastic selections on tap, and make sure to ask for the full beer menu as well. A special “Gold Medal” cocktail will be served throughout the Olympics, representing the yellow ring in the famous “Olympic rings” symbol. Don’t forget to grab “The Snowflake,” an Olympic-themed shaketail, from Burger Tap & Shake next door.

Up-to-the-minute interactivity makes the Newseum an exciting place for families to mull over the role of the free press - from newspapers to Twitter feeds - in American society.

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View the best of the best images from the Olympics at this downtown museum.

The Winter Olympics will produce hundreds of memorable moments, and each one will be captured for all of the world to see. Newseum and Agence France-Presse (AFP) will bring visitors up close and personal to these highlights every day throughout the three-week event. From Feb. 6-28, AFP will select images that best represent the day’s activities, with Newseum posting each on its 40-by-22 foot media screen in the atrium. Athletic glory will become photographic glory at the Newseum.

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Let your flag fly at this hub for fun-loving sports fans.

Mason Inn is known as a go-to for college football fans in the DC area, but this lively sports bar will be in full Olympic spirit come February. With 14 TVs available, multiple events and games will be shown at once. Ten dollar Bud Light pitcher specials will be active throughout the games in Sochi, with shot and cocktail specials rotating depending on the event. Get ready for some rowdy pageantry.

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Catch all of the Olympic action at this nationally known sports bar.

A bar with 65 HD TVs and five projector screens should be enough to get any sports nut excited. Buffalo Billiards takes it one step further, however, with themed specials for every color of the U.S. flag. Red equals red hot shots for just $6; white equals “White Coffee,” a special liqueur drink, for just $6; and blue must mean Blue Moon – just $4 on draft. Catch these every night during the Olympics from 7 p.m. to close at this hot spot in Dupont Circle.

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Root on the USA in style at this chic retreat inside Topaz Hotel.

This stylish bar, located within Kimpton’s Topaz Hotel, has an extended happy hour from February 7-23 in honor of the Sochi games. “Go for The Gold” will occur from 5-8 p.m. each night and will include $4 draft beers, $7 house wines and $8 rail drinks. Discounted appetizers are also on the ledger, including yucca fries, chicken wings, home-style mac 'n' cheese and more. To top it off, for every gold medal that Team USA wins during the happy hour, an additional $1 off comes off your bill.

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Wear your colors to this exquisite bar and lounge inside of Hotel Rouge.

Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge houses this contemporary bar and lounge. For the Sochi Olympics, Bar Rouge will host a daily happy hour worthy of such a highly anticipated occasion. “Rouge, White & Blue” will occur each night of the Games from 5-8 p.m., featuring house wine and wine on tap for just $6, as well as signature cocktails for a mere $7. Appetizer specials include buffalo wings, tomato bruschetta, sweet potato tots and more. If Team USA earns a gold medal that day, all food on the regular Bar Rouge menu will be 10% off from 8-10 p.m. Now that’s the way to celebrate.

Clyde's of Georgetown is a legendary DC restaurant. Opened in 1963, it retains a classic American feel with its decor and cuisine.  It is an essential stop if spending a day in Georgetown.

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Flock to this monument to sports in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

A few quick steps from Verizon Center bring you to this neighborhood staple which is decked out in sports decor. Frequented by droves of Washington Capitals and Wizards fans before and after games, and with a total of four bars, Clyde’s of Gallery Place will be a prime location to enjoy Olympic action. Each bar has a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close each day and favorites such as Clyde’s chili and Buffalo chicken wings are always available.

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Join the crowd at one of DC’s most decorated sports bars.

This multi-level haven for communal sports watching will be bustling throughout the Olympic Games. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern features two full bars, a heated patio and over 30 high-definition televisions to ensure you don’t miss a single event. Expect drink specials, even some with Olympic themes. Happy hour lasts from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, with half-price food specials starting after 7.