There are bars with televisions that show sports, right? Is there a bar that might be streaming Rolex coverage? If not... is there maybe a bar owner somewhere who is also a horse person, who might be persuaded to make an event of the event? I don't have a TV and can watch on my computer, but it would be fun to go somewhere to watch with others.
Maybe Satisfaction's? It depends on what other sporting events are going on then, I suppose, but Satis has a bunch of TV's and in the daytime I'd imagine they'd change the channel for you. If not, you could walk across the street to Alivias or Devines and try them. A little college-y at night (I'm at Duke) but i'd imagine during the day its fine!
If you want to watch the show jumping, get a small group together, and call your local ginormous sports bars ahead of time, and it shouldn't be that hard to find a place that will be happy to show you some Rolex while you eat hot wings and drink beer. I did it in Columbia MD a few years ago, and it was really fun.
But now that I have a smart tv, wifi, and a good laptop, I just plug the laptop to the TV via HDMI and make it the world's largest laptop monitor. That's how I'll be watching XC. (Go Colleen & Shiraz! Go Petite Flower!)
I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09
Thanks to all who have responded! I've done a bit more due diligence and here's what I have found:
Fullsteam: willing to discuss in future but full up for coming weekend.
Bull McCabe's: willing but only has Direct TV capability (I don't think Rolex is broadcasted on any Direct TV channel, am I wrong?)
Tyler's Taproom: they don't guarantee spaces and only support commercial broadcasts.
West End Wine Bar: they have apple tv and can live stream to their tvs through any apple device! The bar opens at 4 however. That said they might be able to open earlier to accommodate a private party (at additional cost).
I haven't yet pursued Chapel Hill options. Anyone want to add to the picture?
Jen, thanks for your more than generous offer! Just taking one step further to see if there's not another (public) option before you open the gates!