If you didn’t know the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship is coming to Atlanta the first week in April, you aren’t paying attention. This is one of the most wide-open seasons in college basketball history. Any of about 20 teams could lay claim to the title and it will all be settled at the Georgia Dome. Chances are you don’t have tickets, but don’t worry because these bars have your back so you don’t miss all the upsets, buzzer beaters and slam dunks of the tournament.
Hudson Grill – Downtown
120 Marietta St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
You’ll feel like you are part of the action at the newest location of the Hudson Grill. Located a stone’s throw from the Georgia Dome, get there early if you are going over Final Four weekend. It should be hopping all through March as it will be showing all the games. With 50 beers on tap and televisions in every corner, you will never want to leave. Enjoy the delicious food to boot.
Atlanta, GA 30308
A college atmosphere is guaranteed at J.R. Crickets for watching the tournament. Located right on the Georgia Tech campus, J.R. Crickets has been serving up the best wings in Atlanta for 30 years. J.R. Crickets believes the secret to great wings is in the sauce and it drenches your wings in the good stuff. You’ll be able to eat those wings and drinks some cold beer while relaxing and watching all the hoops on TV. A friendly staff will take care of all your needs. Relive your college days at J.R. Crickets.
Mazzy’s Sports Bar and Grill
2217 Roswell Road N.E.
Marietta, GA 30062
If you are looking for a real sports bar, nothing more and nothing less, Mazzy’s is your place. Mazzy’s serves a variety of food at a fair price. The college basketball tournament means specials galore. Bring your friends and fellow alums because the more the merrier at Mazzy’s. You will watch the games on HD widescreen televisions and hear the sounds of the games, so you can have an all-encompassing experience. Mazzy’s will also host your entire alumni club, just give the bar a call.
2100 Riverside Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Sportsline is a friendly sports hangout in Gwinnett County. Come and watch your team play, and then stay all day. It’s casual, simple and inexpensive. Enjoy great drink specials and don’t pass up a chance to try all the different varieties of hot dogs on the menu. Set up shop for the day at a bar with good burgers, tasty wings and a bunch of cool people that love college hoops. This is a tournament viewing party done the way it should be. There’s never a bad seat at Sportsline in Lawrenceville.
1931 Powers Ferry Road S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Need a friendly and convenient place to post up for tournament games? The Rose and Crown should be your place. The R&C isn’t just for soccer anymore. It’s a great atmosphere for all sports and that also means college basketball. Nightly specials will be offered and even though this is technically a pub, it’s not standard pub food. Crab cakes, shrimp and grits and Red Mesa chicken are just a few of the offerings on the expansive menu.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.