It's that time of year when people are rushing to fill out their March Madness brackets and hoping they'll win it big when all is said and done. Part of the March Madness tradition includes anxiously watching games to keep tabs on where you stand. If you're in town, here are some of the best bars to watch March Madness in Chicago... complete with food and drink specials throughout the NCAA Tournament!
River North | 400 N. State Street
Enjoy March Madness games in style with a 30-foot video wall and plasma TVs throughout the venue. Public House will also feature special game day menus and specials, including burgers, wings and nachos. Beer specials focus on Bud Light and Kettle One Bloody Marys for early games. You'll also enjoy their draft beer/Sweet Sixteen team pairings (and special pricing, to boot!). Make sure to stop by during the Final Four games for a raffle ticket that will give you the chance to win a free Happy Hour for 10.
Bull & Bear
River North | 431 N. Wells Street
Bull & Bear features a lot of the same game day menus and specials at Public House — visit their website for the full tournament list. If you can't wait for a refill, grab a table with a tap so you can fill up your glass as soon as it empties!
Rockit Bar and Grill
River North | 22 W. Hubbard Street
Enter Rockit Bar and Grill's March Madness bracket contest (it's free!) for the chance to win a free burger for every remaining week in 2016! Then, look on their website for their regular food and drink specials — in addition to Mac Madness specials from March 21-25... think Truffle Mac, Lobster Mac, Crab Cake Mac and more.
River North | 414 N. Orleans Street
According to the manager, Reverie was originally created by a man who wanted a great place to watch his favorite sports, but to also have a welcoming feel for his wife, who was not as sports-inclined. The result is a fusion of a great bar AND restaurant that anyone can enjoy. So if you're a guy with a somewhat sports-reluctant girlfriend, please both parties by coming to Reverie to watch a March Madness game (where weekly specials include a Thirsty Thursday $5 beer and shot combo).
Old Town Pour House
Old Town | 1419 N. Wells Street
Old Town Pour House is a great bar for a seasoned beer lover, but also makes the perfect backdrop for March Madness game viewing. Their huge TV wall makes it so you'll never miss a detail. Game day food specials include potato skins, warm cheddar jalapeno popcorn, bourbon chicken wings and a steak sandwich.
Howells & Hood
Magnificent Mile | 435 N. Michigan Avenue
Howells & Hood will appeal to the greasy food lover in you on game day by offering these March Madness specials only during that time:
- Bologna Smalls
- Mini Bacon Hot Dogs
- And everything on their regular menu!
It's conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago, on The Magnificent Mile, and boasts the largest draft beer selection in the city — 114 local and global varieties. There will be a video DJ during the Final Four games!
Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Magnificent Mile | 622 N. Fairbanks Court
With over 70 HD flatscreen TVs, there's no way you'll miss a moment of action during March Madness. Your favorite pub classic and beers pair perfectly with game day excitement and daily specials at Timothy O'Toole's Pub.
River North | 170 W. Ontario Street
Trophy Room is a relatively new bar in River North that was made exclusively for watching world sports, complete with local beer and wood-fired pizza offerings. Catch all the March Madness games playing at once with 35 TVs, complete with sound... and free wifi!
Where will you be spending March Madness? Let us know in the comments!