As the nation’s best college teams take to the court during March Madness, colleagues will begin facing off around the water cooler at the office, neighbors will fly their team flags with pride and talk of brackets will be buzzing in shops and restaurants all over town. For those not lucky enough to snag court-side seats to their games of choice, the following list of Atlanta sports bars and pubs will prove ideal for college basketball fans who wish to score a great spot to watch their favorite teams play.
Famous Pub & Sports Palace
2947 N. Druid Hills Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Touting the tagline “Fun is what we’re famous for,” Famous Pub & Sports Palace is a terrific venue for March Madness merriment. This North Druid Hills mecca for sports lovers is located in the Toco Hills Shopping Center and comes complete with a tasty pub food menu and an impressive list of American craft and draft beers – including its own Famous Pub Brew. As for TVs, enjoy seven high-definition 6×10-foot projection screens and over 50 LCD flat-screen TVs.
66 12th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Open since 2010, this Midtown homage to the great American saloon offers its patrons a terrific neighborhood bar vibe, nearly a dozen flavors of chicken wings, a slew of burger and sandwich selections, pool tables, darts, 15 high-definition TVs and a giant screen upstairs. Nothing about this spot is dead as its name implies as the atmosphere is always lively, perfect for watching sports.
231 Peachtree Center Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Gibney’s provides its patrons with pub fare, cold beer, pool tables, shuffle board, video games and more. Two big projection screens and 27 TVs supply sports fans with the opportunity to watch basketball to their hearts’ content all month long. While watching, stay satisfied with mozzarella sticks, potato skins or a teriyaki burger.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Located in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, High Velocity is one of the largest sports bars in downtown Atlanta. This chic and sleek sports destination is committed to raising the bar on the concept of the traditional sports bar. Rounding out the menu of traditional pub fare like sliders, burgers, chicken wings and onion rings, High Velocity also offer its patrons “serious plates” such as seared salmon, slow roasted St. Louis ribs and Bistro steak. The 29 HD TVs and 24 varieties of beer fresh from the tap complete the sports watching experience beautifully.
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3227 Roswell Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
An Atlanta tradition since 1995, Buckhead Saloon offers its guests a fun, high-energy atmosphere in addition to an extensive menu of pub food, a full bar, live music and sports viewing on a slew of high-definition big screens. College basketball fans should bear in mind before they head out that the Saloon is closed on Mondays.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.