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March Madness: 13 bars, restaurants, brasseries and a casino to watch the Arizona Wildcats | national

We are so proud of our men’s and women’s Wildcats basketball teams to have competed in the NCAA Tournament this year!

Although I am disappointed that our the women’s team does not advancei’m so excited to see our men’s team in march madness – next game is the Sweet 16 this Thursday night. But I have to admit that I don’t have a cable! So I needed to find a place where I could watch the big games.

While people who frequent sports bars probably already have their neighborhood joint – and we know the restaurants of Main gate square will explode with the Wildcat spirit – I wanted to collect places for Tucsonians like me who want to celebrate this special occasion but don’t know where to go.






The patio of Barrio Brewing Company in the South Warehouse District at South Toole Avenue and East 16th Street. Local artists say they flock to the brewery for inspiration.




Barrio Brewing

I like the vibe of Barrio Brewing: they make an industrial warehouse feel cozy. I like that it’s spacious. They project games on large scrolling screens spaced throughout the venue, and they’ll have plenty of space on game day.

Location: 800 E. 16th St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday | 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday

For more information, see their website.

Bob Dobbs

If you want the school spirit of the University of Arizona area while avoiding Main Gate Square, Bob Dobbs is a neighborhood bar just east of campus. Their grill menu is a hidden gem and they will also have a limited game day menu and regular Thursday beer specials. Although they have outdoor seating, the best places in the house to watch the game are probably their circular bar or cozy booths.

Location: 2501 E. Sixth St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday | 11am-12pm Friday | 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday | 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

For more information, see their website.







Brother John's bourbon tricked out

The pattern of bourbon bottles behind the bar at Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, began as a sketch by David Aldecoa on a cocktail napkin. The bar, at 1801 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, housed the Wildcat House from 1977 to 2012.




Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon, BBQ

The whiskey bar and the blues have big shoes to fill in the former location of the iconic wildcat house — My parents’ favorite place to go dancing when they were at UA in the 80s. Brother John’s has a great patio and an even bigger beer list with game day drink specials. Their barbecue menu shines with their “hot mess” nachos, topped with house-smoked pulled pork. If you want to watch the game, their TVs are clustered above the bar.

Location: 1801 N. Stone Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday | 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

For more information, see their website.

Casino del Sol

Casino del Sol will host a free Wildcats March Madness game screening on Thursday at its outdoor Ava Amphitheater. Doors open at 6 p.m. and food and beverages will be on sale on site.

Location: 5655 Valence Road West

Times: this one-time event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24

For more information, see the event page.

Delicias Mexican Grills

Delicias seamlessly blends a family atmosphere with amazing drink specials. I love their cabins, which are just as likely to house a family of four as they are friends sipping margaritas after work. The TVs are above the bar, but you can see them from most seats in the house. Their diced shrimp tacos are bombs. They may not play the game when you walk in, but they will put it on if you ask.

Location: 4581 S. 12th Ave.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday | 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday

For more information, see their Facebook page.

Welcome plate

If this bar had a mouth, it would scream “SPORTS!” There are pool tables and batting cages out back behind the patio. The TVs span an entire wall, side by side for maximum visual engagement. They have two locations: one at Marana, the other at 22nd and Swan.

Pitches: 8579 N. Silverbell Road in Marana; and 4880 E. 22nd Street

Hours: 11am to midnight Monday to Thursday | 11am-2am Friday | 10am-2am Saturday | 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday

For more information, see their website.

Hop sports grill

I discovered this gem while doing my far eastern roundup. I actually overlooked it and a loyal reader corrected me in the comments section. Their menu is completely made from scratch and they have extended seating in a tent situation outside.

Location: 120 S. Houghton Road

Hours: 11am to midnight Sunday to Thursday | 11am-2am Friday to Saturday

For more information, see their website.

Monsoons Tap & Grill

There are three bars on this list that have TVs you can watch while sitting on a terrace, and Monsoons is one of them! This old-fashioned bar and grill offers decadent bar fare, like pizza slathered in macaroni and cheese. wow! Matches will be screened with the volume turned on.

Location: 6781 N. Thornydale Road

Hours: noon to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

For more information, see their website.

Noble Hops

Oro Valley’s Noble Hops, in addition to Monsoons and Trident Grill locations on Swan and Craycroft (more on them below), is one of the few bars on this list where you can watch the game from their outdoor terrace. If you’re determined to sit outside, maybe arrive a bit earlier to catch one of the high peaks closest to the bar, where the game will be best seen.

Location: 1335 W. Lambert Lane

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday | 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday

For more information, see their website.

Noble Hops also has a location at 445 S. Alvernon Roadbut eating inside can be the perfect place to watch the game there!

The Crown’s Canyon Restaurant and Pub

While this British-themed bar might shine for watching football (and by football, I mean football), they have TVs on almost every surface imaginable. Their menu is true to the theme, in case you miss the corned beef you had on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re curious to try a Scotch egg, nacho toppings on waffle cut fries, or just plain beer battered fish and chips, this is the place to go. For your information, they will start the weekly quiz at 8 p.m.

Location: 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday-Wednesday | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Saturday | Closed on Mondays

For more information, see their website.

The neighborhood

It’s easy for me to forget that The Neighborhood started out as a sports bar, when their fame comes from their outrageous drinks and overdone snack foods. If you’re watching the game, you have to ask bartender Lena to make you something special to drink, whether it’s their michelada or one of her custom creations. But with TVs at every turn, including a huge drop-down screen that fills almost an entire wall, The Neighborhood has tremendous chops as a sports bar on its own.

Location: 3940 E. 29th St.

Hours: 3pm-10pm Monday | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday | 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday | 11am-2am Thursday to Sunday

For more information, see their website.

Trident II and III grill

While the Trident Grill is a local chain, with spots near UA both on Campbell and off Speedway, I want to show some love to their locations on Swan and Craycroft, in particular, as they are among the few bars in town where you can watch the game on their terrace. Their food is also so good that my family gets it to take out more often than to eat in. That is to say, their menu is self-sufficient.

Pitches: 2910 N. Swan Road and 250 S. Craycroft Road

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday | 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday | 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

For more information, see their website.

Trident Grill also has locations at 2033 E. Speedway and2912 W. Ina Roadand Trident Pizza Pub is at 446 N. Campbell Avenue

Tiny’s Family Restaurant

If you live on the far west side of town, Tiny’s is the place to go for fried food, beer specials, and the latest UA game. Its theme is the Wild West, which seems fitting considering it’s in the southern shadow of the Starr Pass mountains.

Location: 4900 W. Ajo Highway.

Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

For more information, see their Facebook page.