Olympic Games Spirit – And Spirits – Come Alive At These Social Venues
One of the best places to party during the Olympic Games are at the Hospitality Houses hosted by the participating countries.
What are the Hospitality Houses, you ask? Well, they are free (usually) open-to-the-public pop-up venues that countries use to tout their country, their traditions and their culture.
They are staffed by very friendly marketing and tourism people and often have snacks and even cocktails and beer! Generally, you pay for the drinks but some of these places are packed with Olympic tourists and can be better than some of the bars.
It’s also quite common for the athletes to stroll in; don’t be bashful and very politely walk up and ask for a photo. Most Olympic athletes are humble, happy to be at the Games and are very friendly to visitors.
All of these are located in Rio de Janeiro, and yes you can “hospitality hop” from one house to another. This is a great, unique aspect of attending the Olympics – it’s literally where the world comes together and the Hospitality Houses are a big part of that welcoming nature of the Games.
Below is a link from the official Rio 2016 website to a complete list with locations, hours plus a review of the ones with the best party atmosphere.
One of the biggest party places will be the Brazil House in Rio. It will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and is located on Avenida Rodrigues Alves.
You can also count on the Assies to have a lively place, plus Britain, Germany (you might be thinking bierhall but it’s actually a beach bar), Switzerland (this may be the friendliest of the houses), Austria (a big outdoor patio with Austrian food and drinks) Jamaica, Hungary and the Czech House.
Also check out the Tokyo 2020 House.
You’ll notice there is no USA Hospitality House; there is one but it’s private. This is very disappointing to Americans who are there visiting the Games but unfortunately it’s one American tradition that’s not in the spirit of the Olympic Games.