Best Bets: Where to Watch March Madness in San Diego



Whether you have tickets to the Final Four, your school is a top seed or you just want Bracket bragging rights, basketball fans will be glued to TV screens in living rooms and sports bars from now until April 6. Yes, the season of March Madness is upon us.

Home to the San Diego State University Aztecs, San Diegans will be out in full force on March 20, when the Aztecs face off against St. John’s University. So grab your crew and head to one these top local watering holes to watch March Madness in San Diego.

With three locations throughout San Diego including downtown at East Village, Eastlake, and North County,Tavern + Bowl is the perfect place to watch the game, down a few beers, and roll a few games.

Good times are always on tap at the Titled Kilt Pub & Eatery. A fun and festive place to watch the game, they offer over 30 beers and non-stop college sports action. Of course there are always the World Famous Tilted Kilt Girls to console you if your team gets knocked out.

Its handcrafted beer, eclectic menu, and lodge-like ambiance make Pacific Beach Alehouse a must on the itinerary for any sports enthusiast. This microbrewery features 18 flat screens and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean & Crystal Pier.

Voted Best Sports Bar in 2013 by U-T Readers Poll, McGregors’s Grill & Ale House is a San Diego staple. Perfect for a viewing the big game, you can also cue it up on the pool tables, try your luck at shuffleboard, or test your wits at Trivia Master night.

Located in the heart of the iconic Gaslamp district, Gaslamp Tavern has every event covered. Sporting a laid-back neighborhood vibe, affordable drinks, and delicious food, the Tavern is your go to place to watch March Madness in San Diego.

Just minutes away from Petco Park, Bub’s at the BallPark embraces its sports bar destiny. Watch the game on their vast array of flat screens and show off your free throw skills on their in-house basketball court.

Photo by SD Dirk