Where to Watch March Madness in DC – 2021

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March Madness 2021 (aka the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division 1 tournament) is upon us, after a sad cancellation last year, this time in a strange way befitting this time. All 67 games are in Indianapolis or nearby and the first wall-to-wall 32 game first round is Friday and Saturday (pushed back a day), with second round Sunday and Monday.  See TV schedule and bracket here.

To help you figure out where to watch, I’m focusing on DC-proper spots that will be open by noon on Friday (some 11a or 11:30a), plus have at least 3 outside TVs and/or have at least 4 TVs (otherwise what’s the point). Let me know if you have any additional suggestions. Unfortunately DC’s alcohol 10p curfew isn’t extended back to midnight Monday so many spots won’t be able to show all games for first round. My goto DC March Madness (basement feels Vegas-ish vaguely) spot Penn Social is sadly not open)

At Least 3 Outdoor TVs

  • The Brig (Barracks Row)
  • The Admiral (Dupont) (not confirmed open noon Friday)
  • The Midlands (Park VIew)
  • Lou’s City (Columbia Heights)
  • Ivy and Coney (Shaw; reservation only)
  • Cleveland Park Sports Bar & Grill
  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
  • Public Bar (Dupont)
  • Walter’s (Navy Yard)
  • Dirty Water (H Street)
    • $28 Bud Light Mega buckets (8 16 oz alum bottles), $24 Cisco Pitchers, $24 Bud light Seltzer Buckets (5 12 oz cans), $24 mixed drink pitchers. Mandatory bucket or pitcher purchase per table per hour

Other Spots (many have some outdoor space/TVs)

  • The Roost (Cap Hill-if you get a good outdoor space you can see several indoor TVs)
    • Roost Madness. order 16 specific dishes during tourney get $20 credit. 1 winner gets $100 credit
  • The Game (Adams Morgan)
  • Dock FC (Ivy City; open garage doors)
  • Across the Pond (Dupont)
    • $1 wings / $3 sliders / $5 apps / beer specials
  • The Bottom Line (Downtown)
  • Stadium Sports (Navy Yard)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Navy Yard)
  • The Big Stick (Navy Yard)
  • Proper 21 (downtown)
  • Proper 21 K Street (West End)
  • Stoney’s (Logan Circle)
  • Church Hall (Georgetown)
    • $8 Liters of Narragansett / $10 liters of Church Hall IPA / $6 ultimate nachos
  • Franklin Hall (U Street)
  • Trusty’s (Cap Hill)

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