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Five Chicago Bars Showing Olympic Hockey at 6:30 AM

The puck hits the ice before sunrise on Saturday. Here’s where you can watch the action and have a beer with breakfast.

If you watch the game at The Local, you should probably pull for Team USA.   Photo: Courtesy The Local Chicago

Olympic hockey is underway! Unfortunately, the 10-hour time difference makes it difficult to join your fellow Americans for some international puck. You’ve probably never tried to visit a sports bar at 6:30 am—that’s when a big game between the USA men’s team and Russia starts on Saturday—so rest assured that, at that hour, most places are closed.

But you know a city with hundreds of bars and a thirst for sports would never leave you completely high and dry. In fact, several places are planning on showing the game live—and serving drinks. Here are a few options:

The Globe Pub

The Globe Pub traditionally opens early for English Premier League soccer. This winter, it’s giving Olympic hockey the same treatment. Get there at sunrise on Saturday for a barstool and a beverage. 
1934 W. Irving Park Rd., North Center, 773-871-3757

The Local Chicago

Normal people don’t usually start boozin’ at daybreak. They usually start eating. If your hunger outweighs your thirst, then stop in this Gold Coast spot for the rare breakfast-hockey combo.
198 E. Delaware Pl., Gold Coast, 312-280-8887


Located at the bottom of the Radisson downtown, this Italian restaurant has a television and opens in time for USA-Russia. But this ain’t a sports bar—the game will probably be on politely in the background.
221 N. Columbus Dr., Loop, 312-477-0234

JW Marriott Chicago

The lobby lounge serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. This weekend, it’ll serve up Olympic hockey as well. 
151 W. Adams St., Loop, 312-660-8200

Diag Bar and Grill

Doors open at 6:00 a.m. here. Don’t be late!
2856 N. Southport Ave., Lake View, 773-404-8400


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