After a March full of the usual madness, the NCAA Final Four, the season finale of college basketball, is upon us. Here's a roundup of places to watch your bracket crash and burn (or celebrate your excellence in sports forecasting). We've sought out the meetup locations for alumni of each of the four schools participating, as well as some spots offering food and drink deals for the occasion. Got a Final Four special you'd like us to add? Hit up the tipline.Read More
11 Great Bars For Watching the NCAA Final Four
Yes, it's technically April, but March Madness is still going.
University of Wisconsin Badgers are going all-out to support their squad, with five meetup locations around the Bay Area. In addition to Ace's, you'll find them at Dobbs Ferry Bar, Third Street Aleworks (Santa Rosa), George and Walt's (Oakland), and St. Stephen's Green (Mountain View).
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
Tonic Nightlife, the team behind Dr. Teeth, Buffalo Club, Bullitt and Tonic, is not kidding around with this whole March Madness thing: they've even set up their own bracket for the occasion. Stop by to watch the games on one of many big screens and snag some upscale bar food, like garlic crab fries with sriracha mayo.
More cold beer, free popcorn, pool tables and darts at this Presidio-bordering oasis. They also serve $11 Papa Murphy's pizza, for those times when nail-biting during the big game just doesn't cut it.
Giordano Bros has all the games and all the sandwiches stuffed with French fries. This North Beach sports bar and sandwich destination attracts a bustling crowd for games, and March Madness is no exception.
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Kezar is super popular with the sportsing set. This place has it all, from European rugby to NCAA Championships. They even post their TV schedule online, so there's no gambling with the game (unless that's your thing).
This Marina sports haven has all the games, and all the bros. Tucked into the high-end casual Marina, this place has cheap drinks, big TVs and free popcorn.
A classic spot to watch games in the FiDi, Royal Exchange attracts a wide variety of sports fans. During the week there are plenty of suits at happy hour, but it's a destination for sports fans of all sartorial leanings. Check out their many big screens and standard menu of bar food for their NCAA Championship viewing party on April 6. Don't forget your bracket!
Steff's Sports Bar
Free popcorn, strong drinks and a plethora of TVs make Steff's a great place to hunker down for the finale of the NCAA Championship. It's pleasantly dive-y and has a dart board and pool table for members of your group that just aren't as "into" the games.
Stock in Trade
Duke fans are used to watching their team in the Final Four, and this year is no exception. The Blue Devils are congregating at Stock in Trade for their SF viewing party, and at Mountain View's The Sports Page for the Peninsula crowd.
The Brick Yard
Michigan State fans have long declared The Brick Yard as their headquarters, and this weekend's game is no exception. If The Brick Yard isn't convenient, they also recommend checking out Downtown Joe's (Napa), The Stadium Pub (Walnut Creek), and The Old Pro (Palo Alto) to find fellow fans.
Zeke's Diamond Bar
If you want to cheer on Kentucky in the Final Four, Zeke's is the place to be, with Wildcat alumni and fans getting together to root for their team.