Have you decided where you will be watching all of the college basketball action? These Atlanta hot spots are sure to deliver a slam dunk.
Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Mon to Thurs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Located in Downtown Atlanta, Stats well be packed all through college basketball season. March is a great time of the year to be in Downtown Atlanta, and whether you choose to stay inside or wander around Stats’ patio, you won’t be far from a television. Expect great food and excellent service. Get there early and stay late, it will be a great crowd.
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Dantanna’s – Buckhead
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
It doesn’t matter if you come early or show up late at Dantanna’s. The games will be on all day and night, the staff at this sports bar never stops. For the early games, the brunch can’t be beat. As the day wears on, you’ll be able to experience all the Dantanna’s menu has to offer. Steaks, seafood, starters and salads are all good choices. Stay inside or join your friends out on the patio. There will be plenty of food and drink specials through out the college basketball tournament.
Hudson Grille – Midtown
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
This Hudson Grille is in the perfect location in Atlanta. It doesn’t matter which direction you are coming from, the Hudson Grille Midtown is easy to get to. You’ll pay $10 for pitchers and $2 for the beer of the month, both good reasons to make this your college hoops destination bar. A large selection of burgers and sandwiches fill the menu, but the burritos and tacos are great as well. This bar can also take care of your large party of group. Alabama, North Carolina and Clemson fans have made the Hudson Grille their home in Atlanta for years.
Hours: Mon to Wed – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a. m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
This is the home for Big 10 sports fans in Atlanta, so you know it’s going to be crazy for basketball. The large patio will be hopping all day long and the TVs will be all hoops all the time come March. Bring yourself, or your large group to watch all the games while having a few drinks and enjoying some great bar fo.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Varner’s is a little off the path, unless you live in Cobb County. Then it’s probably right around the corner from you. They bill themselves as a neighborhood bar, but they are so much more than that with 35 HDTVs cover the place. You will never miss a three-point shot or a buzzer beater here. Varner’s is know for their drink specials and that will be the case during the finals. Grape bombs and raspberry kamikazes are a couple of their specialties. The burgers are huge, the wings are hot and the beer is cold. That is college basketball’s perfect three-point play.
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