The madness has started! Brackets are closed, fans are hyped and 2013 March Madness is underway. Over the next three weeks, you have 63 games to watch, and because your pride rests on how well you’ve picked your bracket, it’s imperative to catch every basket, every dribble and every foul. Yes, we realize some of these games fall during the day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take an extended lunch … or play hooky. After all, it’s the Big Dance, baby! To help, we’ve pulled together a list of where to watch March Madness 2013 in Boston. These bars have the finger foods, plenty of beers on tap, and, most importantly, lots and lots of TV.
Happy March Madness, friends!
Boston Beer Works – 112 Canal St – Beer Works boasts an impressive menu of hand-crafted brews with flavors unique to the Beer Works brand. The food menu is massive compared to your average bar eats, so you won’t be forced to choose between crappy bar chicken fingers and a crappy bar salad.
Ducali –289 Causeway St – Located near the Garden, Ducali is the perfect combination of a sports bar meets North End Italian eatery. Beer enthusiasts can take flight with Ducali’s two craft brew samplers, and I have just two words for hungry lunch-goers: Italian nachos.
Jerry Remy’s Seaport – 250 Northern Ave. – Jerry Remy’s has sweeping Harbor views, but you won’t be looking at that. Instead, you’ll be focused on the Monster Wall: 32 46-inch, HD plasma screens stacked to make one giant image for an amazing sports experience.
Stadium –148 State St – Newly-opened in the former McFadden’s location in the Financial District, Stadium boasts 20 HD TV’s, including a 90-inch flat screen TV and a 100-inch projection screen that can be split into four quadrants that broadcasts four games simultaneously, reports Boston.com.
Coogan’s – 171 Milk St – Coogan’s doesn’t need much explaining. It’s ideally located in the Financial District, and Bud Light drafts are $1. Get on it.
Game On! – 82 Lansdowne St. – Although Fenway is a bit off the beaten path when it comes to post-work locations, Game On! is worth a mention for their 90 – yes, 90 – TV’s scattered throughout the bar.
The Harp – 85 Causeway St – A rep for the Harp tells us the bar will be running all of the games, so head here if you don’t want to miss a minute of the action.
The North Star – 222 Friend St – This Garden-area joint is good any time of day, but go there post-work to enjoy fishbowls color-coordinated to your team colors and garnished with your team flag. Alums from Colorado, JMU, Duke, Missouri, UCLA and Arizona have all confirmed The North Star as a gathering spot. Additionally, from now until Sunday night, The North Star is giving away $500 for the highest scorer in their Hoop Fever Pop-a-Shot game!
The Place – 2 Broad St – Long gone are the days of The Place’s bikini-clad bartenders. Over the winter, it underwent massive renovations, and it’s now a perfectly acceptable place to indulge in sports post-work. The Place has 24 LCD flat-screens to catch the games, and is catering to the after-work crowd with made-to-order salads and build-your-own burgers.
And, if you prefer to stay far away from March Madness, here’s a list of local bars without TV’s.