With all of the March Madness excitement in the air, we were inspired to put together a list of some of the best pubs and bars in Atlanta to catch the action. We're talking about hot wings, Irish cuisine, burgers, Southern food, beer and bars stacked with TVs so you don't miss a moment.
On top of being loaded with 28 flat screen TVs around a beautiful marble-top bar, The Ivy boasts the largest outdoor TV in Buckhead at 300 inches! The environment exudes good energy, with vintage wall paper and a two-tiered outdoor patio. Though there are many secluded spaces for parties to enjoy the game, The Ivy transforms into one of the hottest nightspots in Atlanta once the hour gets late. The menu here consists of flat bread sandwiches, wraps and well-crafted burgers like the Beauregard topped with bacon, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños, cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onions. TheIvyBuckhead.com
Little five points
This English-inspired pub and cafe is normally filled with the soccer, rugby and cricket fans of Atlanta, but March Madness has a way of bringing out the basketball fan inside all of us. Brewhouse Cafe is well known by the locals for being the home of European sports enthusiasts and casual diners alike. The menu is a fun mixture of American bar favorites like chili nachos or wings and English pub dishes like Scottish Sausage Rolls or Fish and Chips. On top of this ocean-hopping mixture of pub grub and atmosphere, Brewhouse offers delicious craft beers and one of the best outdoor patios in the Little Five Points area. BrewhouseCafe.com
East Atlanta Village
Elder Tree is another Atlanta favorite to catch a soccer match in a Euro pub environment. The owners are even proud partners of Atlanta's soccer club The Silverbacks. Not only does this bar live and breathe sports, it serves the best Irish pub fare in town, food that sits well with the delicious assortment of craft beers flowing from the bar. Try the Irish Cheddar Dip served with baguettes for an appetizer, then follow it up with some classic Bangers and Mash. ElderTreeAtl.com
With three different locations throughout Atlanta, Hudson Grille is one of the most popular sports bars in town. The interior here is modern, lit like an exciting night club, and full of flat screen TVs that hang from the ceiling. What really sets off this playful atmosphere are the foosball, skeeball, and air hockey tables hanging around for customers to play, seemingly offering an endless amount of fun. The menu is full of spicy, smokey and sweet combinations of Southern favorites like Chicken Jambalaya and Peach BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Come for basketball, beer and games, stay for the soul-satisfying cuisine and the following food coma you will inevitably endure. HudsonGrille.com
Three Dollar Cafe
With generous portions, friendly service and some of the best chicken wings in Georgia, Three Dollar Cafe is a gem for sporting events and parties. These famous wings come in hot, medium, mild, teriyaki, BBQ, hot BBQ, chipotle BBQ, hot lemon pepper and Caribbean jerk, all of which are made fresh and from scratch. The bar is surrounded in TVs, and the neighborly atmosphere of the restaurant makes it a perfect choice for catching the game with friends. ThreeDollarCafe.com
This Atlanta staple has been “slingin'” wings in Atlanta since 1982 and is widely known in the surrounding area. With a lively bar, JR Crickets has the welcoming atmosphere of a Southern home with all the satisfying food that comes with it. On top of selling their famous wings in a variety of hot buffalo and barbecue sauces, they serve up dishes like a steak and cheese philly, barbecue pork ribs and hamburgers. The environment and attitude of this place can easily be summed up with their cricket-in-a-top-hat mascot, meaning they make great food that doesn't take itself too seriously. JRCrickets.com
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