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For decades, the NCAA Tournament has been considered one of the premier sporting events in America – and for good reason. Year after year it has been the proving ground for basketball greatness – a place where professional basketball careers are launched and where Cinderella stories are made.  With a total of 67 match-ups over the next three weeks, there will be some great games. If you can’t make it courtside but want to get in on the action, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best sports bars in cities across the US to watch March Madness and enjoy the tournament in luxury style.  

best sports bars in US cities to watch march madness this year

If you want to kick it mogul-style as March Madness unfolds — and channel your inner Mark Cuban — here are our top picks for the right places to settle in as 68 teams vie for the coveted national championship title. Food + drink + good game = Luxury experience par excellence.

1. Old Town Pour House, Chicago.

Old Town Pour House has three Illinois locations – Chicago, Oak Brook and Naperville – in addition to a location in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The elegantly wood-clad and spacious restaurant serves upscale modern American cuisine, like truffle mac and cheese and duck confit nachos, plus over 90 craft beers to choose from on tap.

2. Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, multiple locations in Connecticut.

For those looking to stay out of New York City but stay in on the action, Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar has two locations in Connecticut. The Stamford location features over 200 HD TV’s, while the Windsor Locks location has 80+ televisions and a 17 foot wide LED screen. Both locations offer private meeting rooms and a list of appetizing entrees that includes filet mignon and seared ahi tuna. And should your team lose the game? Step away and play some virtual golf in their state-of-the-art golf simulator to let off some steam.

3. Lagasse’s Stadium, Las Vegas.

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo offers a 24,000 square-foot sports hub with more than 100 flat-screen TVs, a huge 9-foot-by-16-foot projection screen and six stadium seating rows of long couches filled with plush pillows to sink into and watch your favorite game.  Each of the TV’s are strategically placed so that everyone has a view of their favorite sporting event. The restaurant has a tasty full menu of upscale tailgating and pub food designed by Emeril Lagasse and a full bar. 

4. Bounce Sporting Club, New York City.

Another good spot to catch the action in NYC is Bounce Sporting Club.  This club is all about the latest and greatest fashionable décor, while still offering the sports bar experience (complete with more TV’s than a Best Buy).  The menu classes up some old standards, serving hamburgers topped with Gruyere and a fried hen egg; duck sliders; and buttermilk fried chicken tenders.  

5. Cover 3, San Antonio.

Last but not least, should you be unable to make it to the Alamodome for the final match-up on April 2nd, you can always go to the next best place: Cover 3.  With four different locations in Texas – San Antonio, Round Rock, two in Austin – Cover 3 has become known for its elegant yet unpretentious feel. The menu ranges from classics like fried pickles and hamburgers to seared ahi tuna and jumbo North Atlantic scallops. The space includes an upstairs lounge with cocktail tables, leather sofas and flat screen TVs.  If craft beers aren’t your style, Cover 3 has over 70 wines to choose from, as well as an array of handcrafted cocktails.

best sports bars to watch the march madness tournament this year

What’d we miss? Let us know if you have a luxurious fav that’s not on our list, and we’ll add it. In the meantime, good luck with your bracket!

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.