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Where to Drink, Eat and Watch March Madness

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As we head into Selection Sunday and officially kick March Madness into gear, have you selected your chosen venue for viewing the basketball games? NCAA Tournament-watching requires sustenance, and many bars and eateries around town are offering special food and drink deals just for the occasion. Check out our guide and pick a place where you can comfortably agonize over your bracket.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Draft Republic - Carlsbad

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5958 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 448-4627
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Both Draft Republic locations in Carlsbad and the La Jolla area are offering game-related specials starting March 12 and running through April 2. Whether you watch the games on the La Jolla eatery’s 100” projection screen or on one of the 50 flat screen TVs in Carlsbad, you can choose from food and drink combos including the “2 Point Shot” featuring Smoked St. Louis Ribs and choice of Draft Republic’s House IPA or Mission Craft Lager for $12.95 or the “3 Point Shot” featuring a Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich, choice of Draft Republic’s House IPA or Mission Craft Lager and a shot of Benchmark Bourbon for $19.95.

Draft Republic Carlsbad
Heartwork Hill

2. Shore Rider Bar

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2168 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 412-5308
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Just steps from the beach, Shore Rider makes for a comfortable perch for game-watching and a good spot for deal-getting. Its daily specials range from $3 tacos on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. until close and Wine Wednesday, when from 4 p.m. to close you get discounted pricing on select bottles of wine.

All-Outdoor Eatery Shore Rider Surfs Into La Jolla Shores

3. Nautilus Tavern

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6830 La Jolla Blvd #103
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 750-2056
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The neighborhood bar and grill just got its full liquor license, which means there are now cocktails to go with its 30 taps of beer. Throughout March Madness, the La Jolla eatery will be offering all sorts of deals including $8 gourmet hot dogs ranging from TJ dogs to Chicago and Seattle dogs, plus buckets of beer that start at $15.

Nautilus Tavern [Official Photo]
Nautilus Tavern

4. The Duck Dive

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4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 273-3825
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A local favorite for casual eats and drinks near the beach, The Duck Dive is rolling out a series of specials that will be available at the bar during games. Basketball fans can choose from $1 chicken wings, $5 housemade “frickles” (the bar’s popular fried pickles) as well as $20 buckets of Saint Archer cans.

The Duck Dive
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5. Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection

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421 W B St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 398-3100
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The hotel’s lobby bar and lounge, which has screens to view the games, is offering a $28 sandwich and drink combo for the duration of the March Madness tournament. It’s burger topped with Carolina-style pulled pork paired Buffalo Trace bourbon (on the rocks or neat) with your choice of draft beer.

Trade Bar
Justin McChesney-Wachs

6. Werewolf

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627 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-0094
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This Gaslamp watering hole always has games screening on its multiple TVs. Go for the specials, including $2 tacos on Tuesday and a weekend “super brunch. Whether your team wins or loses, stay to sing your heart at karaoke, offered from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday.

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7. barleymash

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6916, 600 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-7373
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Every single game of the tournament will be shown at the restaurant and bar, known for its popularity with sports fans. Post up on a bar stool between 3 p.m. on 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and score their happy hour deals, which include half off all beer, wine and spirits as well as select appetizers.

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8. El Chingon

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560 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-1919
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Two types of tournaments are scheduled to go down at this Gaslamp Quarter Mexican eatery on Tuesday, March 13. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the single-elimination, bracket-style tournament beginning at 7 p.m. “Munch Madness,” a series of eating and drinking competitions between 16 two-person teams. The winning team will take home $1,000 worth of cash and prizes. Patrons can also get in on the action by filling out a championship bracket for $10 each, with all proceeds going to local non-profit Include Autism. On April 2, at the end of tournament play, the winner will receive a prize package filled with El Chingon swag and gift certificates.

El Chingon [Official Photo]

9. Nason's Beer Hall

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570 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 738-7060
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The Pendry Hotel’s casual pub is offering ‘Brackets, Brats & Brews’ deals starting Tuesday, March 13 through Monday, April 2. With games running on its HDTVs, sports fans can gather with friends around $20 pitchers of craft beer and choose to fuel up with bratwurst specials or other bar bites, including the Nason’s burger, housemade pretzels, and the chef’s jerky flight. During halftime, let off steam in the game room or practice your beer pong and corn hole skills.

Nason’s Beer Hall [Official Photo]

10. Mavericks Beach Club

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860 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

There are plenty of viewing vantages at this newly-opened sprawling party palace in Pacific Beach. 38 TVs are spread across the 15,000-square-foot space, which boasts five bars and features a weekday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. that offers $1 off beer and wine, $6 mai tais and margaritas and $2 off a selection of snacks.

1. Draft Republic - Carlsbad

5958 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Draft Republic Carlsbad
Heartwork Hill

Both Draft Republic locations in Carlsbad and the La Jolla area are offering game-related specials starting March 12 and running through April 2. Whether you watch the games on the La Jolla eatery’s 100” projection screen or on one of the 50 flat screen TVs in Carlsbad, you can choose from food and drink combos including the “2 Point Shot” featuring Smoked St. Louis Ribs and choice of Draft Republic’s House IPA or Mission Craft Lager for $12.95 or the “3 Point Shot” featuring a Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich, choice of Draft Republic’s House IPA or Mission Craft Lager and a shot of Benchmark Bourbon for $19.95.

5958 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008

2. Shore Rider Bar

2168 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037
All-Outdoor Eatery Shore Rider Surfs Into La Jolla Shores

Just steps from the beach, Shore Rider makes for a comfortable perch for game-watching and a good spot for deal-getting. Its daily specials range from $3 tacos on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. until close and Wine Wednesday, when from 4 p.m. to close you get discounted pricing on select bottles of wine.

2168 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Nautilus Tavern

6830 La Jolla Blvd #103, La Jolla, CA 92037
Nautilus Tavern [Official Photo]
Nautilus Tavern

The neighborhood bar and grill just got its full liquor license, which means there are now cocktails to go with its 30 taps of beer. Throughout March Madness, the La Jolla eatery will be offering all sorts of deals including $8 gourmet hot dogs ranging from TJ dogs to Chicago and Seattle dogs, plus buckets of beer that start at $15.

6830 La Jolla Blvd #103
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. The Duck Dive

4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
The Duck Dive
[Official photo]

A local favorite for casual eats and drinks near the beach, The Duck Dive is rolling out a series of specials that will be available at the bar during games. Basketball fans can choose from $1 chicken wings, $5 housemade “frickles” (the bar’s popular fried pickles) as well as $20 buckets of Saint Archer cans.

4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

5. Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection

421 W B St, San Diego, CA 92101
Trade Bar
Justin McChesney-Wachs

The hotel’s lobby bar and lounge, which has screens to view the games, is offering a $28 sandwich and drink combo for the duration of the March Madness tournament. It’s burger topped with Carolina-style pulled pork paired Buffalo Trace bourbon (on the rocks or neat) with your choice of draft beer.

421 W B St
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Werewolf

627 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
werewolf

This Gaslamp watering hole always has games screening on its multiple TVs. Go for the specials, including $2 tacos on Tuesday and a weekend “super brunch. Whether your team wins or loses, stay to sing your heart at karaoke, offered from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Friday.

627 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

7. barleymash

6916, 600 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
barleymash [Official photo]

Every single game of the tournament will be shown at the restaurant and bar, known for its popularity with sports fans. Post up on a bar stool between 3 p.m. on 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and score their happy hour deals, which include half off all beer, wine and spirits as well as select appetizers.

6916, 600 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

8. El Chingon

560 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
El Chingon [Official Photo]

Two types of tournaments are scheduled to go down at this Gaslamp Quarter Mexican eatery on Tuesday, March 13. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the single-elimination, bracket-style tournament beginning at 7 p.m. “Munch Madness,” a series of eating and drinking competitions between 16 two-person teams. The winning team will take home $1,000 worth of cash and prizes. Patrons can also get in on the action by filling out a championship bracket for $10 each, with all proceeds going to local non-profit Include Autism. On April 2, at the end of tournament play, the winner will receive a prize package filled with El Chingon swag and gift certificates.

560 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

9. Nason's Beer Hall

570 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Nason’s Beer Hall [Official Photo]

The Pendry Hotel’s casual pub is offering ‘Brackets, Brats & Brews’ deals starting Tuesday, March 13 through Monday, April 2. With games running on its HDTVs, sports fans can gather with friends around $20 pitchers of craft beer and choose to fuel up with bratwurst specials or other bar bites, including the Nason’s burger, housemade pretzels, and the chef’s jerky flight. During halftime, let off steam in the game room or practice your beer pong and corn hole skills.

570 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Mavericks Beach Club

860 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

There are plenty of viewing vantages at this newly-opened sprawling party palace in Pacific Beach. 38 TVs are spread across the 15,000-square-foot space, which boasts five bars and features a weekday happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. that offers $1 off beer and wine, $6 mai tais and margaritas and $2 off a selection of snacks.

860 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

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