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Rebecca McAlpin

18 Philly Sports Bars for Watching March Madness

Beer, wings, and college basketball

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| Rebecca McAlpin

Philly has no shortage of sports bars perfect for watching March Madness 2020. The annual NCAA Tournament kicks off March 15 with Selection Sunday, followed by the First Four games on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, and then the two tournament rounds, the Sweet 16, the Elite 8, and the Final Four, all leading up to the NCAA championship game on Monday, April 6.

Whether you’re a die-hard college basketball fan or just in it for the championships, here are the Philly sports bars to know, from a tavern built in the 1800s to a massive venue by the stadiums with multiple bars and giant screens.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Draught Horse Pub & Grill

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1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 235-1010
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By Temple University, the Draught Horse is a popular spot with pub fare and 20 beers on draft. The location draws a college crowd but you won’t feel too out of place if it’s been a while since you were last in class.

2. Craft Hall

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901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 297-2072
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Looking for a place where the kids can play while you focus on the game? Craft Hall features room for 500 people, flat-screen TVs at two bars, two projection walls, and an indoor playground with climbing equipment, video games, and Skee-Ball.

people at a bar next to a pinball machine and mannequins dressed in costume Craft Hall [official photo]

3. City Tap House University City

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3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA

The roof deck, with its stone fire pits and bright umbrellas, gets all the attention at City Tap House in University City, but step inside for the TVs, beer-friendly American menu, and extensive draft list — there are 60 beers on tap.

4. The Post

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129 S 30th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 353-8521
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In University City, the Post is a beer hall, arcade, and sports-watching destination all in one. The menu is full of options perfect for snacking on while you watch a game, like popcorn chicken with dipping sauces and chili-cheese waffle fries.

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5. Bar Ly Chinatown

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101 N 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-2688
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With 37 TVs, 60 beers on tap, and a menu that covers everything from fajitas to burgers to kung pao chicken, this Chinatown sports bar is always a good game-watching spot.

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6. Field House

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1150 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA

Field House next to Reading Terminal Market is equipped for hordes of fans with more than 30 TVs spread out around a 12,000-square-foot space. The 40 beers on draft are all from within 100 miles of Philly.

7. City Tap House Logan Square

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2 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA

It’s easy to keep an eye on the action with games shown on an 18-by-19-foot video screen at the Logan Square location of City Tap House. The bar has 40 beers on draft to go with gastropub fare like mussels with roasted garlic butter.

restaurant with big screen TV over the bar showing football City Tap House [official photo]

8. Tradesman's

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1322 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 457-3994
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This barbecue, beer, and whiskey joint doubles as a sports bar, with a big wall of TVs behind the main bar and more TVs upstairs on the mezzanine. There are also oversized windows that open onto Chestnut and Juniper streets, with stools attached to the building’s exterior walls — you can see the TVs from the sidewalk seats. Next door, Bru Craft & Wurst from the same owner has flat-screen TVs above the bar and a 105-inch projection wall.

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9. McGillin's Olde Ale House

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1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA

In business since 1860, McGillin’s bills itself as the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — but don’t worry, the TVs are much newer than that. Regional brews are well represented here, to go with shepard’s pie, crab cakes, and burgers. There are two floors, but this place still gets jam-packed during big games.

inside a crowded bar Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

10. Nick’s Bar & Grille

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16 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Recipe for a good game-watching experience: Sidle up to the bar, order wings and a sandwich, and strike up a conversation with one of the regulars at the no-frills Nick’s Bar & Grille in Old City. The sound is on during big games both at the long bar and in the back dining room.

roast pork sandwich with long hots with beer in the background Kory Aversa

11. Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

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1511 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 732-5797
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Like a lot of the spots on this map, Misconduct is crowded during big games, so be prepared for a bit of jostling as you attempt to order beer-battered pickle chips, Buffalo chicken sliders, and one of more than 50 beers. The crowd skews young.

burger and fries Misconduct Tavern [official photo]

12. Locust Rendezvous

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1415 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 985-1163
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This long-running Center City dive is a laid-back Philly favorite with TVs above the bar, rotating drink specials, and beer-friendly food (including potato skins, which more places should have).

13. Fox & Hound

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1501 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

There will be multiple TVs in your line of sight no matter where you sit at Fox & Hound chowing down on wings and mozzarella sticks, whether you’re tucked into one of the booths, perched at a high top, or hanging out at the bar.

14. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar

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254 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This Gayborhood sports bar shows games and serves beer and pub grub like loaded tater tots and sliders on the first floor. Head upstairs for drinks and music in the lounge, or to the roof deck for more game-watching.

15. Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill

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1612 South St
Philadelphia, PA

With 13 TVs at different angles, you're almost guaranteed a good view at Founding Fathers on South Street. During college games it can get as raucous as any Philly sports bar.

16. Devil's Den

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1148 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA

Skip the Miller Lite and go for one of the craft brews on draft or in bottles at this South Philly gastropub, which has a mix of fans cheering at the bar and people just here to eat good food by the fireplace.

17. Chickie's & Pete's (multiple locations)

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1526 Packer Ave
Philadelphia, PA

No list of sports bars in Philly is complete without Chickie’s & Pete’s down by the stadiums. Yes, you can eat crab fries and shout at the refs at other Chickie’s & Pete’s locations, but with a 24,000-square-foot space, three bars, and an 18-foot screen, this godfather of Philly sports bars is the place to be on game days.

18. Xfinity Live

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1100 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

This six-in-one complex by the stadiums covers all game-watching needs with massive TVs, multiple food and drink venues, and boisterous fans. Choose from Victory Beer Hall, PBR Bar & Grill, Broad Street Bullies Pub, NBC Sports Arena, Live! VIP Lounge, and 1100 Social. All told, that's over 100 TVs, including a 32-foot HD screen.

xfinity live Xfinity Live [official photo]

1. The Draught Horse Pub & Grill

1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

By Temple University, the Draught Horse is a popular spot with pub fare and 20 beers on draft. The location draws a college crowd but you won’t feel too out of place if it’s been a while since you were last in class.

1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

2. Craft Hall

901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
people at a bar next to a pinball machine and mannequins dressed in costume Craft Hall [official photo]

Looking for a place where the kids can play while you focus on the game? Craft Hall features room for 500 people, flat-screen TVs at two bars, two projection walls, and an indoor playground with climbing equipment, video games, and Skee-Ball.

901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. City Tap House University City

3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

The roof deck, with its stone fire pits and bright umbrellas, gets all the attention at City Tap House in University City, but step inside for the TVs, beer-friendly American menu, and extensive draft list — there are 60 beers on tap.

3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA

4. The Post

129 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Post [official]

In University City, the Post is a beer hall, arcade, and sports-watching destination all in one. The menu is full of options perfect for snacking on while you watch a game, like popcorn chicken with dipping sauces and chili-cheese waffle fries.

129 S 30th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. Bar Ly Chinatown

101 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bar Ly [Facebook]

With 37 TVs, 60 beers on tap, and a menu that covers everything from fajitas to burgers to kung pao chicken, this Chinatown sports bar is always a good game-watching spot.

101 N 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Field House

1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA

Field House next to Reading Terminal Market is equipped for hordes of fans with more than 30 TVs spread out around a 12,000-square-foot space. The 40 beers on draft are all from within 100 miles of Philly.

1150 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA

7. City Tap House Logan Square

2 Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA
restaurant with big screen TV over the bar showing football City Tap House [official photo]

It’s easy to keep an eye on the action with games shown on an 18-by-19-foot video screen at the Logan Square location of City Tap House. The bar has 40 beers on draft to go with gastropub fare like mussels with roasted garlic butter.

2 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA

8. Tradesman's

1322 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
bar with big tv Kory Aversa

This barbecue, beer, and whiskey joint doubles as a sports bar, with a big wall of TVs behind the main bar and more TVs upstairs on the mezzanine. There are also oversized windows that open onto Chestnut and Juniper streets, with stools attached to the building’s exterior walls — you can see the TVs from the sidewalk seats. Next door, Bru Craft & Wurst from the same owner has flat-screen TVs above the bar and a 105-inch projection wall.

1322 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. McGillin's Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA
inside a crowded bar Thomas Robert Clarke Photography

In business since 1860, McGillin’s bills itself as the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — but don’t worry, the TVs are much newer than that. Regional brews are well represented here, to go with shepard’s pie, crab cakes, and burgers. There are two floors, but this place still gets jam-packed during big games.

1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA

10. Nick’s Bar & Grille

16 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
roast pork sandwich with long hots with beer in the background Kory Aversa

Recipe for a good game-watching experience: Sidle up to the bar, order wings and a sandwich, and strike up a conversation with one of the regulars at the no-frills Nick’s Bar & Grille in Old City. The sound is on during big games both at the long bar and in the back dining room.

16 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

11. Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

1511 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
burger and fries Misconduct Tavern [official photo]

Like a lot of the spots on this map, Misconduct is crowded during big games, so be prepared for a bit of jostling as you attempt to order beer-battered pickle chips, Buffalo chicken sliders, and one of more than 50 beers. The crowd skews young.

1511 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

12. Locust Rendezvous

1415 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This long-running Center City dive is a laid-back Philly favorite with TVs above the bar, rotating drink specials, and beer-friendly food (including potato skins, which more places should have).

1415 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

13. Fox & Hound

1501 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

There will be multiple TVs in your line of sight no matter where you sit at Fox & Hound chowing down on wings and mozzarella sticks, whether you’re tucked into one of the booths, perched at a high top, or hanging out at the bar.

1501 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA

14. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar

254 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This Gayborhood sports bar shows games and serves beer and pub grub like loaded tater tots and sliders on the first floor. Head upstairs for drinks and music in the lounge, or to the roof deck for more game-watching.

254 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

15. Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill

1612 South St, Philadelphia, PA

With 13 TVs at different angles, you're almost guaranteed a good view at Founding Fathers on South Street. During college games it can get as raucous as any Philly sports bar.

1612 South St
Philadelphia, PA

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16. Devil's Den

1148 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA

Skip the Miller Lite and go for one of the craft brews on draft or in bottles at this South Philly gastropub, which has a mix of fans cheering at the bar and people just here to eat good food by the fireplace.

1148 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA

17. Chickie's & Pete's (multiple locations)

1526 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA

No list of sports bars in Philly is complete without Chickie’s & Pete’s down by the stadiums. Yes, you can eat crab fries and shout at the refs at other Chickie’s & Pete’s locations, but with a 24,000-square-foot space, three bars, and an 18-foot screen, this godfather of Philly sports bars is the place to be on game days.

1526 Packer Ave
Philadelphia, PA

18. Xfinity Live

1100 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA
xfinity live Xfinity Live [official photo]

This six-in-one complex by the stadiums covers all game-watching needs with massive TVs, multiple food and drink venues, and boisterous fans. Choose from Victory Beer Hall, PBR Bar & Grill, Broad Street Bullies Pub, NBC Sports Arena, Live! VIP Lounge, and 1100 Social. All told, that's over 100 TVs, including a 32-foot HD screen.

1100 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

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