Catch Olympic fever in Las Vegas

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Watch the Olympics

If you are looking to catch NBC’s coverage of the Olympics (time-delayed though it may be), Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood is airing select events on their Las Vegas Strip-side video screens. At 130-feet by 40-feet, the Olympics will enjoy an Olympic-sized screening on the Strip.

The Captain America (right) and the Gold Medal (left) are two Olympic-themed coctails at Hyde Bellagio.

Toast the Olympians

Several bars around Las Vegas are offering themed cocktails to celebrate the Olympics.

At Hyde Bellagio they are featuring the Captain America ($18) and the Gold Medal ($18). The Captain America drink blends Corzo Silver Tequila, Cocci Americano, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and tonic water and tops it with Prickly Pear Cassis air foam  to create a red, white and blue drink served in a highball over ice.  For the Gold Medal, the bartenders at Hyde Bellagio blend Captain Morgan, yellow chartreuse, pineapple and lemon juices, and angostura bitters. Top it off with gold flakes in a martini glass and you have gold medal refreshment.

Hyde Bellagio will also display the Olympic games on screens in the early evening hours. Drinks are available now through Aug. 12.

First Food & Bar at the Palazzo continues the patriotic theme with their red, white and blue inspired drink – FIRST Place. Combining Ultimat Vodka, Blue Curacao, Trader’s Vic Orgeat (almond) Syrup, strawberries and lime, this concoction will have you cheering on the athletes. Just save the gymnastic routines for the trained athletes. The drink is available now through Aug. 12.  (See complete cocktail recipe below).

See an Olympic show

As you enjoy watching Olympic athletes perform feats of amazing strength and flexibility in London, you can witness the same world-class athleticism at a Las Vegas show. More than a dozen Olympic veterans can be found performing on the Strip.

Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio has seven former Olympians (gymnasts and synchronized swimmers) performing and “Le Rêve – the Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas has five Olympic veterans.

Have an Olympic-sized meal

The athletes at the Olympic village may be on a strict diet and training regime while they compete, but here in Vegas, you aren’t. So while you are awaiting Olympics of competitive eating —  the World Food Championships Nov. 1 -4 — why not indulge in a buffet or two or three.

Enjoy the Olympics while you are in Vegas, but note, the one thing you can’t do – bet on the Olympics. State law prohibits casinos from accepting wagers on the games.

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Enjoy FIRST Place, an Olympic-themed cocktail from First Food & Bar at the Palazzo.

FIRST Place cocktail
(From FIRST Food & Bar at the Palazzo)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Ultimat Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3/4 oz Trader’s Vic Orgeat (almond) Syrup
  • 2 sliced strawberries
  • 1 lime cut in small pieces

Mix it up

1.  Place the lime pieces in a shaker tin and muddle with orgeat syrup, then add vodka and shake with ice.
2.  Strain into a rocks glass previously filled with fresh strawberry slices at the bottom and ice on top.
3.  Top with Blue Curacao.
4.  Garnish with more fresh strawberries on a cocktail pick.

 

 

 

Jennifer Whitehair

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Jennifer grew up believing everyone had slot machines in their convenience stores and celebrated Oct. 31 (Nevada day) with a day off from school. Jennifer has a background in journalism and worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Northern and Southern Nevada, before joining Vegas.com in 1996. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other publications. She covers every part of Las Vegas for Vegas.com and loves tracking down vanishing pieces of historic and vintage Vegas. You can find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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