March Madness Drink Specials and Events
Head to these local bars to cheer on your alma mater throughout the tournament.
By Lauren Cohen. Posted on March 15, 2017, 1:45 pm
From University of Maryland alumni who spent their college days rocking red and rubbing Testudo’s nose for good luck, to transplants rooting for NCAA teams across the country, Charm City is a March Madness melting pot.
Whichever organization you support, polish off your bracket, throw on a jersey, and head to these local watering holes to see how your bets play out while taking advantage of discounted eats and drinks. (To find the best spots to cheer on your alma mater, check out our Ultimate Sports Bar Guide.)
Alexander’s Tavern: Aside from serving $1 Bud Light drafts during overtime, $2.50 Bud Light cans, and $6 orders of meatballs and onion rings during the games, Alexander’s will also offer a few creative options. Specials to look out for include the “Outside Shooter” (free shots for any loss by a top-five seed on a Thursday or Friday), “March Sadness” (one free beer or shot if a team that you’re supporting loses), “Victory Beer” (one free drink if a team outside of the top five that you’re supporting upsets a top-five seed), and the “Commitment,” a buy-one-get-one deal for anyone who brings a fully completed bracket before 5 p.m. 710 S. Broadway, 410-522-0000
City Limits: Complete with friendly staff, sports memorabilia, and plenty of TV screens, this laid-back spot in Locust Point has long been a favorite for watch parties of all kinds. Head here for tournament games to sip $4 20-oz. Miller Lites while feasting on wraps, cheesesteaks, and fan-favorite wings. 1700 E. Fort Ave., 410-244-8084
The Chasseur: Though best known as a Hokie hangout, this is a great spot to watch any team take the court. The Chasseur is bringing back its annual Brew Bracket tradition, which randomly pairs each of the 16 seeds with a different craft beer. Throughout the tournament, any time a beer’s designated team is playing, it will go on special. But once a team is eliminated, its appointed beer gets bumped up to full price. Specials to look out for include $3.50 drafts of Union’s Duckpin and Southern Tier’s Nu Skool IPA, $2.50 Miller and Bud Light bottles, and $1.50 cans of Natty Boh. To really get into the spirit, swing by the bar’s March Madness Beer Bingo event on Wednesday, March 15 to compete for prizes from each of the bracket’s featured breweries. 3328 Foster Ave., 410-327-6984
El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen: This Canton Square staple is starting the tournament off right with a special “Tip Off” brunch on Thursday, March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Stop into the bar to catch all games on with sound and enjoy bottomless mimosas, screw drivers, ice picks, and Bloody Marys paired with fare like quesadillas and crispy chicken tacos. 2921 O’Donnell St., 410-814-0594
Five & Dime Ale House: In only five months since its grand opening on the Avenue in Hampden, this new neighborhood tavern from the owners of Oliver Brewing Company has already become a go-to sports spot. Crowd around one of the multiple flat screens to cheer on your team while tipping back $3 domestic bottles, $4 Ironman pale ales, and $4 Oliver Balls to the Wall IPAs. Five and Dime sister-spot Pratt Street Ale House will offer the same specials throughout the tournament. 901 W. 36th St., 410-835-2179
The Greene Turtle: Throughout the next three weeks, all locations of this Ocean City-based chain are inviting diners to enter to win prizes by filling out their own “Burger Bracket” and posting photos of their DIY burgers on social media. Plus, various locations will be offering their own individual specials. Make your way to the Greene Turtle in Fells Point to enjoy deals like $2 Natural Lights, $5 rails, $6.50 22-oz. Crushes, and orders of nachos or crab dip for $9.99 . Multiple locations including 722 S. Broadway, 410-342-4222
Huck’s American Craft: Known for its lengthy craft beer list and signature pretzel-crust pizzas, this Brewers Hill hangout is an ideal spot to settle and watch your favorite teams duke it out. Enjoy specials including $3 select drafts and $2-off all appetizers throughout the tournament. 3728 Hudson St., 443-438-3380
Jailbreak Brewing Company: This beloved brewery in Laurel is putting a feel-good spin on this year’s March Madness festivities, hosting its own pool and divvying up half of the winnings amongst local charities including The Red Devils, Operation Paws for Homes, and Spring into a Cure for MS. Head to Jailbreak’s taproom on March 15 to purchase a $20 bracket, jam to live music by The Dixon Ulmer Band, and celebrate the release of Chairy—a new seasonal brewed with vanilla and nearly 500 pounds of tart red cherry puree. 9445 Washington Blvd N, Ste. F, Laurel, 443-345-9699
Mt. Washington Tavern: Starting Selection Sunday and running through the end of the tournament, this Mt. Washington favorite will boast specials such as $2 Narragansett cans, $4 Tito’s vodka drinks, and half-price wings during all games. Grab a group of college friends and reminisce about old times while cheering on your alma mater in the restaurant’s spacious front lounge or top-level Sky Bar. 5700 Newbury St., 410-367-6903
Mother’s Grille: You can’t go wrong catching a game at Mother’s, the Federal Hill institution that showcases mouthwatering pub grub, flat screens around every corner, and an adjacent outdoor patio that floods with fans on game-days. During all tournament matches, head to the bar to pair eats like nachos, crab dip, and Old Bay wings with $5 22-oz. Miller Lites. 1113 S. Charles St., 410-244-8686
No Idea Tavern: Given that the first round of March Madness overlaps with St. Patrick’s Day this year, this South Baltimore staple is celebrating accordingly. Stop by the soon-to-be rebranded bar to throw back $3 domestic drafts, $5 Irish whiskey drinks, and $5 car bombs March 16-17.No Idea will open early at 11:30 a.m. both days, showing games on its multiple flat screens. 1649 S. Hanover St., 410-814-0342
Lauren Cohen is a digital staff writer for Baltimore, where she blogs about food, events, lifestyle, and community news.