Four years is up and it's time for another round—of drinks and Olympic festivities! This Friday, the quadrennial summer games hit jolly ol’ England, bringing nations from around the world together in London to compete for the ultimate bragging rights: an Olympic gold medal. Here at Shecky’s, we’ve decided to do some medal-awarding of our own to New York’s best Olympic-sized drinks. We’re talking oversized punch bowls, teetering beer towers and fellow lofty libations—after all, drinking these tremendous ‘tails takes champions and sometimes teamwork! Whether you want to take on Mudville 9’s Beer Tower or keep it classy with a behemoth Boathouse Punch at Clover Club, you won’t be disappointed (or sober). Ready, get set, now go make those Olympians proud!
Take a trip to Germany where the beer flows more than river water. We’ve all seen Beerfest
—those Germans know how to drink! So spend your nights at Heidelberg and enjoy some awesome German food and of course, German-sized drinks! The Stiefel, more commonly known in the US of A as “das boot”, is one gold medal winner of a beer, a 2 liter glass filled to the brim with any draft beer of your choice. It’s a drink made for champions but be aware that a deposit must be put down before guzzling so be sure das boot doesn’t break!
Heidelberg 1648 2nd Ave. Bt. 85th & 86th Sts. (UES) 212.628.2332
If you’ve never done the walk of shame, The Collective will be sure to make it an eye-opening experience. Head on over to the Meatpacking District’s resto where the Walk of Shame Punch Bowl makes those spiked prom punch bowls all across America weep in defeat. The sharable epic-sized drink consists of fresh berries, juices, honey syrup, Bacard and prosecco. If you’re heading over with a party that can squeeze into a prom limo, then order the large ($95), but there's a smaller version ($55) for your more intimate gatherings. Trust us, not even Zeus could handle this punch bowl by himself!
The Collective 1 Little W. 12th St. @ 9th Ave. (Meatpacking District) 212.255.9717
Nestled in the famed Palace Hotel, Gilt does you winos justice with a simple upgrade from a regular bottle of vino. The offerings of large format wines allows the aging process to slow down, so every last drop is perfect in flavor. Château Bellefont-Belcier 1995 St.-Émilion, Imperial is one of the favored wines at Gilt and comes in a whopping large formatted bottle. If you can’t finish it at the table (we don’t blame you), take it to-go and top yourself off when you get home or save it for a much-needed after-work treat!
Gilt 455 Madison Ave. Bt. 50th & 51st Sts. (Midtown East) 212.891.8100
Everyone loves heading to Bro J’s to chow down on some good ol' fashioned BBQ but when it comes to big ass drinks that will literally knock you on your ass, don’t count Jimmy out. Swamp Water ($21) doesn’t sound as appetizing as a fruity cocktail but it does more damage than your average Appletini. Served in a 64 oz. fishbowl with a lot of straws, you and your friends can share this tasty beverage and get equally tipsy together! Bonding time over some Swamp Water never hurt anyone—Jimmy’s Swamp Water, that is.
Brother Jimmy’s 1485 2nd Ave. Bt. 78th & 79th Sts. (UES) 212.288.0999
If Madam Geneva was in the Olympics for best spiked punch, she might snag the gold medal before the starting whistle's even blown. The Horse & Carriage ($60) is made of Beefeater 24, Combier St. German, Chamomile tea, lemon juice and citrus sugar. It’s garnished with flowers and various fruits to add an extra fun element that you’ll definitely notice while imbibing. The Horse & Carriage will take you on a fun ride but pace yourself, this stuff can be deadly!
Madam Geneva 4 Bleecker St. Bt. Bowery & Elizabeth St. (NoHo) 212.254.0350
You may think Mudville 9 is just a sports bar but this joint can dish out some seriously tasty (and seriously gigantic) drinks. When you hit the Mud, expect lots of brew, especially if you decide to sip suds from a behemoth Beer Tower ($30). This 100 oz .glass tube is filled to the brim of the beer of your choice! It has a spigot at the bottom so you can share with friends or suck straight from the teet of what makes us all happy—cold frosty beer!
Mudville 9 126 Chambers St. Bt. Church St. & W. Broadway (TriBeCa) 212.964.9464
When you walk into the Clover Club, you immediately feel a touch classier than you did outside of this chic bar. It’s the perfect place to drink more than the Greek Gods, because you'll think this place dropped from Mount Olympus as a gift
from the gods. While you and the rest of your mortal friends indulge in a big Boathouse Punch ($46), cozy up by the fireplace on a cooler summer night or lounge on the leather couches and chairs. Then throw praise up to the gods for giving you such a great gift!
Clover Club 210 Smith St. Bt. Baltic & Butler Sts. (Carroll Gardens) 718.855.7939
The tropics have hit with the summer weather and when you’re feeling the heat, you hit Bamboo52! The Volcano Bowl is for all those imbibers who seek a little danger in their drinks. In other words, if James Bond was on a tropical island, he’d knix the martini and grab one of these flaming babies! How could you not? When something is literally on fire, there’s no way you can resist. The bowl is sharable but we think Bond could handle this all on his own, no fire extinguisher needed. Do you dare savor every last drop by yourself? Only the strongest (liver) will survive!
Bamboo52 344 W. 52nd St. Bt. 8th & 9th Aves. (Hell’s Kitchen) 212.315.2777
Forget the punch bowls and enter vintage shakers—a different way to get your drink on. Don’t get us wrong, we love the creatively designed punch bowls restaurants serve their packed potables in, but 1534 does more than your ordinary prom-esque punch. This French-inspired bar offers a vintage shaker ($65) that serves up to 6 people. Fill those teacups with the Goddess of Dreams Punch and you’ll think your dreams are coming true with every sip!
1534 20 Prince St. Bt. Elizabeth & Mott Sts. (NoLita) 212.966.5073
Death & Co.
Don’t be alarmed, you’ll live another night at Death & Co, though we can’t promise your head won’t ache the next morning. It’s encouraged to share the Bloodhound Punch ($42) because you’ll end up a walking zombie if you try to take on Elijah Craig 12yr Bourbon Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, Don’s Mix #2, blueberry syrup and club soda by yourself. A large block of ice steadies the center of the punch bowl, keeping your drink chilled on those warm summer nights. Keep cool at Death & Co.—just be sure you’re in the company, not the death...
Death & Co. 433 E. 6th St. @ Ave. A (East Village) 212.388.0882