Where to partake in March Madness
March means one thing for sports enthusiasts and avid basketball fans: pure madness.
Through the Sweet 16 and onto the Elite 8, the Final Four and the Championship Game on April 6, catch all of the action at these San Diego sports bars.
Draft Mission Beach: Fans can choose from over 60 taps, while gazing at their teams on the stunning 31 foot screen, which can be divided into multiple viewing areas. March Madness specials include the “Hopped up on Hoops” promotion, where craft beer foodies can enjoy a Draft burger or wings and a beer from Coronado for $20. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach. belmontpark.com
Oggi’s Brewhouse & Pizza: With seven locations in San Diego, basketball fans county-wide can find a location nearby. With their own award-winning brews, 20 rotating local taps, multiple flat screen TV’s, and their beloved pizza, Oggi’s is a sure thing for your NCAA fix. oggis.com
Slaters 50/50: The home of the 50/50 burger (that’s 50% beef and 50% bacon) is also known for their vast craft beer selection and plenty of TVs. They’re kicking off the first-ever March bracket contest with customers this year, and the person with the best bracket after each round wins a free burger. At the end of the tournament, the lucky winner with the best bracket overall gets burgers for a year (one burger a week). 2750 Dewey Rd. #193, Liberty Station. slaters5050.com
Lumberyard Tavern: College basketball fever is hitting Encinitas bigtime at Lumberyard Tavern. They’re treating loyal fans with a raffle for a new snowboard, lift tickets and a $50 Lumberyard gift card. The more guests come in to watch, the more chances they have to win. 967 S Coast Hwy 101 #101, Encinitas. lumberyard101.com
The Duck Dive: All March long, this wing-central spot will open at 9 a.m. for $3 Absolut Bloody Buddies, $15 bottomless mimosas and brunch to scarf down while watching the games. In the afternoons, they’ll be serving $20 buckets of Coronas. 4650 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach. theduckdive.com
Woodstock’s Pizza: During the month of March, this San Diego pizza spot is rolling out a brand new pizza dubbed the “Baller Pie.” Hungry fans can get a bite of the pulled pork over Carolina BBQ sauce, white onions and Canadian-style bacon topped with green onions. Both San Diego locations in Pacific Beach and San Diego State will show the games and provide a fan-favorite atmosphere for all the cheering. 1221 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach & 6145 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego State. woodstockspb.com
Tavern+Bowl: The bowling lanes might entertain you, but it’s more likely that the 50 flat screens will be your main resource in surviving March Madness. With tons of beers on tap, you’ll be well-hydrated to cheer your team through a victory. Tavern+Bowl has four locations: East Village at 930 Market St.; Eastlake at 881 Showroom Place, Chula Vista.; North County at 200 East Via Rancho Pkwy, Escondido; Costa Mesa at 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. tavernbowl.com
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