Selection Sunday is March 14 this year and soon after the tournament gets underway. Throw on your team's colors and head to these Atlanta watering holes to catch the games.
Industry Tavern has chill vibes and TVs are mounted around the 360-degree bar in the center of the room. The menu showcases elevated takes on bar food classics and everything is made in-house daily. Start with lobster nachos made with knuckle and claw meat, pico de gallo, queso, black beans, and sour cream. Next, go for a pizza. The owners are from NYC and they know their pies. The "Victory" pie would be an apt choice while rooting for your team. It's topped with plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, parsley and cheese sausage, mushrooms, and parmesan. The beer offerings include rotating tap selections from renowned craft brewers like Monday Night, New Realm, Wicked Weed, and SweetWater. This Buckhead neighborhood favorite is located in the Terminus Building and parking is free whether you use the valet services or self-park.
The most upscale sport's bar in Atlanta, Dantanna's, is open for dine-in, patio, or takeout. The high-end drinks and food offerings aren't all that makes Dantanna's a swanky joint. The humidors full of cigars, private rooms, and stained wood interior all add to the ritzy ambiance. Cut into a huge, juicy steak while you watch all the March Madness games. Dantanna's beef selections are aged for at least 40 days and are hand-cut prime grade. If you're avoiding red meat, go for the lobster mac and cheese or the wasabi tuna that is pan-seared and topped with lump crab. The bottled beer list runs the gamut from well-known national brands to small, craft breweries. The Orpheus Atalanta Tart Saison, named for the ancient heroine, is deceptively robust and the tart plums make it an excellent selection to pair with food. The games will be projected on the multi-screen behind the bar.
Since 1985, Dugan's has been serving unfussy, wallet-friendly, but infamous chicken wings. Atlanta's original buffalo wing plates come in a variety of sizes from six wings with a single sauce to a whopping 50 wings with four sauces. The catfish nuggets and the fried jalapenos with spicy ranch are a great pre-game for the wings. Wash it all down with a local draft like the Night On Ponce IPA or SweetWater 420 extra pale ale. Thankfully, it was not one of the beloved bars lost to gentrification and the lively atmosphere is still going strong. It's the kind of place where you can loudly trash talk with rival NCAA fans but share a good-natured pint after the game.
Hudson Grille has multiple locations throughout the Atlanta area making it convenient for folks from all over to belly up to a bar and watch the NCAA tourney progress. The menu covers the usual bar fare but there are also elevated plates, healthy options, and gluten-free choices too. Tuck into southern favorites like shrimp and grits or chicken jambalaya with spicy New Orleans rice and andouille sausage. The award-winning wings come in jumbo, boneless, or cauliflower varieties. The sweet and spicy sauce has won best Atlanta wing sauce twice! The beer menu is even longer than the food menu and includes plenty of local selections for the freshest suds. And TVs? There are plenty! Every corner of the space has a great view of a screen playing March Madness games.
Butcher & Brew
If a gastropub and a sports bar had a baby, it would be Butcher & Brew. The white subway tile under the polished bar top gives it a bougie feel, but the friendly staff and unpretentious approach to service create a welcoming atmosphere for all. The sandwiches are made with fresh bread and will please even the most refined palate. An appropriate sandwich to order for March Madness is the "Game Over" which is made with smoked pork, banana peppers, avocado, caramelized onions, swiss cheese, and spicy aioli. Every sandwich is served with a choice of house chips, mac and cheese, fries, or coleslaw. Celebrate a sweet victory with your team and order the funfetti blondie bar for dessert. The draft beer menu is 100% craft although several mainstream options are available by the bottle. But with names like "Perennial Abraxas" and "Burnt Hickory Didjits" how could you not try something new on tap?
Worried about missing a play? Not at Whitehall Tavern! This sports bar in Peachtree has 40 HDTVs throughout. The tavern is open for indoor dining and the outdoor patio has plenty of space to spread out for socially distanced drinking. The menu has every oh-so-delightfully-greasy item a sports fan could want: chicken tenders, wings (bone-in and boneless), fried pickles, spicy cheese sticks, and giant pretzels. They also have a special kids menu for budding college ball lovers. There are more than 50 beers and hard seltzers to toast to team victories too. The family-friendly tavern is a warm and welcoming spot to enjoy the games with sports fans of all ages.