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March Madness in DC: Where to Watch the NCAA Tournament With Food and Drink Specials

Watch March Madness 2023 games in bars and restaurants in the D.C. area

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It's bracket time!

March Madness is upon us. This NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament has been played since 1939.

While Howard University went down to the No. 1 seed, and Virginia was upset by Furman on the opening weekend of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there are still teams from the D.C. region to root for.

In the women's tournament, Maryland and Virginia Tech are still fighting. Virginia Tech is the No. 1 seed in the Seattle Regional 3.

Make the most of March Madness by cheering your team on at a watch party, dunking food and drink deals, competing in bracket pools and more.

Bars and Restaurants Showing March Madness

The Admiral (Dupont): The Admiral is opening early for daytime games displayed on their indoor or outdoor big-screen TVs. Specials include $9 margaritas, $18 Michelob Ultra pitchers and $9 chicken bites.

Atlas Half Street (Navy Yard): During games every Thursday and Friday of the tournament, pick up two slices of pizza and a pint for $10. You can get another pint for $5. The deal won't be offered during Nationals home games.

The Big Stick (Southeast D.C.): Head to this Southeast D.C. sports bar at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (March 16) to watch Howard face Kansas at a party hosted by H.U. Bison Express.

Caddies (Bethesda, Maryland): You don't have to choose between St. Patrick's Day and basketball here. Caddies says it has food and drink specials planned March 17 to 19, including brunch with $20 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys (Stick around for live music at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday).

Dacha Beer Garden (Shaw & Navy Yard): Visit either location through March 16 to enter their bracket pool and potentially win prizes. Participants will have a chance to win prizes throughout the tournament.

Duffy's Irish Pub (Dupont): This Packers bar plans on showing all NCAA games in 2023. Watch while enjoying an array of craft beers, cocktails and hot wings.

Franklin Hall (Northwest D.C.): The large beer hall on Florida Avenue NW will open at 11:30 a.m. for first and second-round games. Specials include $4 Miller Lite pints and $17 pitchers, plus $5 Goose Island pints. Every purchase of a Miller Lite or Goose Island gets an entry to a raffle for beer brand swag.

Hook Hall (Park View): Book a table for your basketball-loving group of six to eight people and get a bucket of beers for $20 (per table). The beer garden will be airing all the games throughout March.

Le Fantome (Riverdale): The food hall says it will offer a special discounted menu on Mondays and Wednesdays during March Madness games.

metrobar (Brentwood): The outdoor bar is set to open early from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday for March Madness. Enjoy $4 drafts and $18 buckets at their outdoor or inside bar.

Mission Navy Yard: The two-level Mexican bar will be open early for daytime games, offering food and drink specials like $4 sliders, $10 nachos and $18 Michelob Ultra pitchers. Don't miss any games on their 22 big-screen TVs.

Quincy Hall (Arlington): The bar known for pizza and pints will open at 11 a.m. Thursday (March 16) and Friday (March 17) so you can watch the games. Keep an eye on their Instagram for specials.

Sports & Social (North Bethesda): The 18-foot media wall promises a good view of the madness at the North Bethesda outpost of this nationwide chain that also serves bar and arcade games alongside food, cocktails and beers.

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