Top Spots to Watch March Madness in Tucson

The best sports bars and restaurants to watch the big game at, in a city where college basketball is everything.

Downtown/University of Arizona

Trident Grill I

With Trident I located at the University of Arizona, you’ll be in the thick of the madness with an atmosphere that will turn even casual fans into die-hards. Winner of the 2017 Small Business Excellence Award, this spot has an extensive selection of food and drinks that include seafood, burgers, bar bites, salads, sliders and fish tacos, as well as 24 beers on tap. Happy Hour M-F 3-6 pm. Open M-Th 11 am-midnight; F 11 am-2 am; Sa 9 am-2 am; Su 9 am-midnight. 2033 E. Speedway Blvd., 520.795.5755. Click on the website for more locations and hours.

Barrio Brewing Co.

For those looking to enjoy quality beer with their March Madness, head to Barrio Brewing Co. in downtown Tucson. Equipped with two Great American Beer Fest Medal Winners—bronze for Barrio Rojo in 2015 and gold for Nolan’s Porter in 2008—along with multiple televisions for the ultimate sports loving experience. Open M-Th 11 am-10 pm; F-Sa 11 am-midnight; Su 11 am-9 pm. 800 E. 16th St., 520.791.2739.

Hi Fi Kitchen

If you want your college basketball viewing experience to be the backdrop to a fun-filled evening this would be the place to do it. Hi Fi Kitchen not only has a 360-degree island bar and full kitchen, but they also provide some of the best entertainment available with Jenga, bean bag tossing boards, shuffleboard, pool, a DJ booth, 45 HDTV’s, three 20-inch projection screens and a 45-inch projector wall. Happy Hour from M-F 3-7 pm. Open daily 11 am- 2 am. 345 E. Congress St., 520.268.9110.

Playground Bar & Lounge

Sitting a block away from the Rialto Theatre downtown, this bar is a college basketball fan’s haven around this time of year and a great place to grab a bite to go along with your drink. Their menu has a wide variety of options including chicken mac n’ cheese, Philly cheese steak, carne asada fries and tacos. They also provide bottle service and a VIP experience, minimum of six people required. Happy Hour M-F 4-7 pm. Brunch 11 am-2 pm. Open M-W 4 pm-midnight; Th-F 4 pm-2 am; Sa 8 am-2 am; Su 8 am-midnight. 278 E Congress St., 520.396.3691.

Gentle Ben’s

Walking distance from U of A and located in Main Gate Square, Gentle Ben’s is the game atmosphere you’re looking for in a brewpub sports bar. Established in 1971, Gentle Ben’s was once the only brewery in Tucson providing original brews such as Red Cat Amber, Copperhead Pale Ale and Tucson Blonde. There are now five other brews on tap to go along with the original three offered, adding up to a beer lover's paradise. Open M, Tu, Th, Su 11 am-10 pm; W, F, Sa 11am-11 pm. 865 E University Blvd., 520.624.4177.

No Anchovies

The self-proclaimed “U of A’s Sports Bar Headquarters” lives up to its name with 65 big screens, bars on two floors and a nightclub to go along with your pizza and excitement. Plenty of games are available as well with huge connect four, pinball, darts and pool. Pizza is what brings people in but they also have their Famous Loaded Tots, sandwiches, salads and fried appetizers. Open daily 11 am-2 pm. 870 E. University Blvd., 520.623.3333.

Other Tucson Area Bars & Restaurants 

Mulligan’s

Once a local dive bar, this east side spot just received a major face-lift to a more modern, neighborhood friendly bar courtesy of executive chef CJ Hamm—a recent “Chopped” contestant—and his partners. Wash down that Wildcat win (hopefully) with beers, wines and wells. Or enjoy the taste of victory with $1 wings on Wednesdays and Sundays along with burgers, sandwiches, entrees and salads. There’s also 15 beers on tap for craft lovers, 8 indoor and 3 outdoor TV’s on the patio and pool tables if you need some halftime entertainment. Open daily 11 am-2 am, Kitchen open until 11 pm. 9403 E Golf Links Road, 520.733.5661.

Home Plate Marana

If you need to get up and do something and would prefer watching the last 2 minutes of the game rather than the whole thing, Home Plate has plenty of activities to keep you and your friends preoccupied, such as shuffleboard, pool tables, video games and batting cages. There are 20 HDTV’s located throughout the bar sure to have a plethora of games on during the height of March Madness. Open Su-Th 10 am-11 pm; F-Sa 10 am-2 am. 8579 N. Silverbell Road, Marana, 520.744.7744.

Growler’s Taphouse

One of the best brewhouses in the Marana area provides 30 craft beers on draft—including domestic beer—as well as six wines on draft, a full liquor bar, live music and of course sports on TV. If you’re in the mood to enjoy a nice craft beer and delicious food in a lax environment this March Madness season, this is the spot for you. Open M-W 11:30 am-10 pm; Th 11:30 am-10 pm; F-Sa 11:30 am-1 am; Su 11:30 am-10 pm. 8275 N. Silverbell Road, Suite 137, 520.389.8232.

Yard House

After a long day of shopping take a load off and grab a bite and a drink at the Yard House, located in the Park Place mall. They have a selection of over 100 beers to choose from and promises to show the madness of the tournament all day with over 20 TV screens. Happy Hour M-F 3-6 pm; Late Night Happy Hour Su-Th 9-close. Open Su-Th 11 am-midnight; Fr-Sa 11 am-1 am. 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., 520.917.9753.