Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Chicago

March 1, 2014 7:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Redmond’s Ale House’s Facebook)

When it comes to watching March Madness games, you could sit at home by yourself and watch the game. Or your could meet your friends at a sports bar in Chicago and yell yourself hoarse while watching the game with hundreds of other fans. If this is your cup of tea (or mug of beer), then keep the following Chicago sports bars in mind when making your plans. Just check out each bar’s website to see which specials are available. Don’t forget to arrive early so you can grab a table, especially for the championship game on April 7, 2014. For an additional list of bars to visit, check out this article.

Countryside Saloon Sports Bar & Grill
2501 E. Ballard Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 827-5577

Take your March Madness party out to the northwest suburbs and watch the games at Countryside Saloon Sports Bar & Grill. With more than 20 HD TVs, you won’t have a problem following the game. The bar offers an eclectic beer list, including Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing, Euphoria by Ska Brewing Co., and bar favorites like Miller Lite and Coors. You can also grab an appetizer or tuck into a full meal while watching the game. Beer and food specials will be offered throughout March Madness, and the specials change daily. Countryside is also a Blackhawks bar, so you can watch games both on ice and in the paint simultaneously.

Joe’s Bar
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 337-3486

If you’re living or working in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, stop into Joe’s Bar to catch a game. The bar has more than 110 HD screens, so you can easily keep your eyes on more than one game at a time. You can share appetizers with your table, including nachos, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks, or go right to dinner with pizza, tacos, salads and more. Why not wash down your appetizers or dinner with a beer? Joe’s Bar has an assortment of beer available, including Lagunitas, Blue Moon Belgian Ale, Corona and Two Brothers Cane & Ebel.

Kirkwood Bar & Grill
2934 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 770-0700

Get ready to cheer on your favorite team at Kirkwood Bar & Grill in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. While the bar is an official hangout spot for fans of Indiana and Nebraska teams, you can still catch all March Madness games at Kirkwood. The bar offers plenty of TVs so you can watch the game with ease. What’s a writeup about a bar without a mention of its beer? Kirkwood offers a number of bottles on tap and in cans and bottles, and also has a wide selection of cider. Since you can work up an appetite cheering on your favorite team, make sure to check out Kirkwood’s food menu, which includes salads, wraps and an assortment of appetizers.

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(Photo Credit: Redmond's Ale House's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Redmond’s Ale House’s Facebook)

Redmond’s Ale House
3358 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 404-2151

Celebrate March Madness in style by heading out to Redmond’s Ale House. While Redmond’s is a Badgers bar, you can still catch March Madness games. The Lakeview bar is offering a $25 meal package on March 21 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. so you can watch the March Madness games in action and enjoy domestic draft beers and your choice of a brat, pulled pork sandwich or grilled cheese sandwich and fries (there is a maximum of three drinks per customer per hour). For Redmond’s complete menu, check out the bar’s website.

Rocky’s Chicago
234 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-9200

Located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood (it’s just over a half mile from U.S. Cellular Field), Rocky’s Chicago can be your home away from home during March Madness. The bar features plenty of screens so you won’t miss a minute of the game. While you’re there, make sure to check out Rocky’s beer list which includes Green Line, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard and bar classics like Miller Light, High Life and Bud Light; wine is also available. Load up on hot wings, onion rings and burgers, or take a gander at its entrees, which include cavatelli and grilled fish.

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