Basketball, beer and food— there are no better words to sum up March Madness. And whether you’re in it for the camaraderie, eats or a favorite NCAA Division 1 college basketball team, there’s no better place to enjoy the games than a local bar or restaurant.
It all begins on selection night March 13 and concludes on April 4 with the championship game. Enjoy all the month has to offer at a few of our favorite spots that check all three boxes with great food, company and, of course, TVs to watch the madness unfold.
Bear Town Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for a traditional sports bar, Bear Town fits the bill. Known for chicken wings and signature burgers, this local pub has a cozy feel, with large screen TVs, friendly staff and a plethora
of daily deals on drinks and food.
This quaint pub is a local favorite, with a variety of appetizers and draft beers to enjoy while watching the games. Take a seat at the bar, where you’ll find pull tabs, an e-lottery and a front-row seat to all the action. We’ve also heard the Just Too Gouda to Be True Burger ($14) is true to its name.
Manitou Grill & Event Center
For a classic restaurant experience the whole family will enjoy, head over to Manitou Grill. This White Bear Lake staple has an updated menu that features classic American fare, along with a wide selection of whiskey, scotch and bourbon. For best results, order a slider set and one of the signature lobster rolls.
The Village Sports Bar
This spot specializes in sports. With more than 30 TV’s, you’ll see all the action unfold while trying your luck at pull tabs or enjoying the bar offerings. If you get hungry, the hand-tossed pizzas and garlic pizza fries are fan favorites.