The first round of March Madness starts March 17, with the championship game taking place April 6. Many diehard basketball fans and casual viewers alike get excited for this time of year and fill out a bracket in hopes of taking home a few extra dollars. With the many sports bars Philly has, you’re sure to find an exciting one to watch some of the games in. See below for the top bars for March Madness.
101 N. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
BarLy is the only sports bar in Chinatown, and with its 22 televisions and 60 draft beers, it’s a great place to watch college basketball, especially during the month of March. BarLy has a full menu of intercontinental bar food, perfect for the games. Sriracha wings, shanghai wings and salt and pepper rubbed wings are just a few of its wing variations and clams, burgers, cheesesteak spring rolls and dumplings are some of the other yummy food options. Great deals are found during its happy hour everyday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
421 South 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cavanaugh’s Headhouse is great for groups and private parties. In fact, five private rooms are available, as well as six different bars for your friends to hang around. Cav’s Headhouse also has more than 30 HD televisions, so all the games are guaranteed to be on. Its menu is made up of elevated bar food, like its famous Cavanaugh’s wings, burgers, tacos and classic Irish dishes (bangers and mash, fish and chips). Drink specials also are aplenty here.
City Tap House
3925 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
This West Philly bar has one of the biggest draft lists in the city, with more than 60 beers on tap. And with plenty of TVs situated around the bar, City Tap House provides optimum viewing of the basketball games. This joint has a full menu and dining room, where you can enjoy innovate pub fare, like brick-oven pizzas, burgers, spiced wings and pulled pork nachos. After you tire of basketball, head to the rooftop for some fresh air, fire pits and pretty views of the city lights.
1150 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Field House is located inside the Philadelphia Convention Center and near the Market East Train Station, making this bar an easy one to get to. With 12,000 square feet, more than 35 HDTVs and five distinct sound zones, finding a comfortable seat to watch a game is not difficult. Field House has 40 drafts available, all of which are brewed within a 100-mile radius. Its menu is made for game day – think porter braised short ribs, field house wings and pizzas.
236 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In Old City, head to Sto’s Bar to watch the games on one of its 10 large screen TVs. Don’t feel like watching the game? No problem. Sto’s has a multitude of entertainment options, including arcade games, shuffleboard, Xbox, Nintendo 64 and cornhole. Great drink specials are held throughout the week, including $3 Rolling Rock drafts, $8 Rolling Rock pitchers and $10 Walt Wit pitchers. Food options include burgers, nachos, jumbo wings, tacos and flatbread pizzas, but its main food attraction is its fries. They come in many varieties, like Belgian fries, smoking Parm fries and Spanish fries.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.