7 places to watch the Rio 2016 Olympics in Charleston

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Meeting at Market rocks 16 TVs. - PROVIDED
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Charleston is chock-full of sports bars and pubs, and with football season still a few weeks away, there are a few lonely barstools waiting for sports fans. Fear not, it's Olympics time. To celebrate what could be the Olympics or an international disaster, or both, here are a few places to watch the Olympics, or CNN, or both. We’re not sure yet.

First off, the folks over at Wildflour Pastry have whipped up some real ringers for the occasion. Grab one of their Olympics-themed cupcakes, that are, let’s face it, real cute.

Meeting at Market will be showing the Olympics all month long, and with 16 TVs stationed around the restaurant, you can check out swimming and shot put at the same time. M at M features 20 beers on tap and a happy hour, Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. with $3 domestic beers and $4 well drinks.

To show their pride for Americans participating in the Olympics, 5Church has crafted a burger fit for the occasion. They’re calling it the ‘Merica Burger, and it comes topped with gorgonzola, Nueske's bacon, smoked tomato marmalade, and aioli. Slap down $12 and this carnivorous bite is all yours.

Although bowling may not be an Olympic sport (yet), it’s still a sport. And more importantly, it’s a sport you can play while drinking and still be socially acceptable. So roll down to The Alley and root for America via one of their many TVs while doing what could be one of the most American things you can do. The Alley boasts a full bar with daily drink specials (like weekdays 4-7, $3 happy hour) and a dozen beers on tap.

Fiery Ron's Hometeam BBQ's new downtown location is a good as spot as any to chomp down on some Q while American heroes chomp down on that competition in Rio. They have TVs. They have drinks. What else could you want?

Baystreet Biergarten has all you need to kick back and watch something ridiculous like competitive walking (all due respect to competitive walking. It’s real difficult. But for real it’s ridiculous. Let’s not lie to ourselves, you know?) They have a lot of beer, and bier, a bear on their logo, and flag bearers on their TVs. Solid.

Local 616 competes with any place in town for your sports go-to. In between watching American heroes race to the finish, you can go for your own glory playing Giant Jenga, billiards, foosball, or darts while watching a plethora of different sports, or ping pong.

There’s something to be said for a rock solid, no-frills, bar. Moe’s Crosstown Tavern fills that role as a good place to drink and watch sports, no strings attached (Unless the sport you’re watching is tetherball, in which case there’s at least one string attached. Is that an Olympic sport? Might as well be). Anyway, they have a lot of beer and what not so head down there if you’re in the neighborhood.

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