The best part about March for many basketball fans is the NCAA tournament, dubbed “March Madness.” With a ton of colleges in Philadelphia, the excitement will be felt at many bars across the city. Looking for a bar to watch college basketball? Here are some places to cheer on your favorite team to (hopefully) victory.
The Bayou Bar & Grill
4245 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Located on Manayunk’s busiest street, The Bayou Bar and Grill has been home to great daily specials and multiple TVs for the basketball fan since 1993. The Bayou is also famous for its $5 lunch, offered every Monday through Friday. On Fridays, if you come between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., you’ll enjoy $1 drinks or $2 drinks between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Other specials include the $5 burger, 25-cent wings and $1.75 Miller Lite bottles. You can’t get much better than cheap food, drinks and basketball.
3333 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Landmark Americana is in University City and attracts many Drexel University fans. Come in with a Drexel Dragon ticket stub and you’ll receive a 10-percent discount. Didn’t make it to the game? Landmark Americana has a ton of TVs and will put on any game you ask for – there isn’t a bad view in the house. It also has great daily specials with $2 to $3 drinks (margaritas, well drinks, Blue Moon pints) and 50-cents wings. The menu features delicious sandwiches, appetizers, bread bowls and many gluten-free options.
1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19121
As a sports bar, live music venue and restaurant, Pub Webb is a welcome addition to Templeton for locals, students and faculty. It is in close proximity to Temple University’s main campus (only half a block away) and opens early for all Temple games and events. The menu is full of American comfort pub food (tacos, burgers, hand cut fries), but make sure you try the wings. In fact, every Thursday is wing night where you get three wings for $1 and $1 Bud Lights. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every day.
South Philly Bar & Grill
1235 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Located at South Philly’s most famous intersection, 9th and Passyunk, South Philly Bar and Grill constantly tops both local and national lists as one of the best sports bars. With plenty of high-definition TVs and a large projection screen hanging on the walls, you won’t miss any of the action of your favorite college team. Even though it’s directly next to Pat’s and Geno’s, you’ll want to eat here. Try one of the bar’s cheesesteaks, grilled wings, the snow crab or the mussels. On tap are 12 drafts, including many seasonal beers.
236 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sto’s Bar in Old City has 10 large screen TVs for any sports game, including college basketball. And if you don’t feel like watching the game, there is no shortage of entertainment here — think arcade games, shuffleboard, Xbox, Nintendo 64 and more. Also on tap are many beer specials ($10 for a pitcher of Walt Whit) and fantastic food, such as burgers, flatbread pizzas, chili, organic chicken and wings. It also has 10 varieties of french fries (pizza fries, Belgian fries, bacon cheese fries, etc.).
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.