Embrace the madness of March at these great sports bars in Ohio!
By TourismOhio

Embrace the madness of March at these great sports bars in Ohio!

Each year as March rolls around, many sports fans have one thing on their mind, the NCAA basketball tournament.

Whether you’re a die-hard hoops fan who follows your team’s every game throughout the season, or just a casual tournament nut, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, energy, and unpredictability of March Madness.

Of course, for many Ohioans, the tournament’s intrigue revolves around the success of local teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Xavier Musketeers, but even if you’re rooting for Kentucky, West Virginia, that team from up north (gasp!), or anyone else in the field, it’s a great time of year to be a sports fan in Ohio.

If you’re planning on getting in on the action of watching this year’s tournament, here are some great Ohio sports bars, restaurants and other places you can go to cheer on your favorite team with fellow fans:

Sports Bars in Cleveland

Rudy’s Pub

2191 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH, (216) 563-1170

Great wings, great atmosphere, and great people make Rudy’s Pub, formerly in Shaker Heights but now relocated to Cleveland Heights, a fun place to watch the game. With enough big screens, you will always have a direct view of the game.


City Tap

748 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115, (216)-696-BEER

Just a stone’s throw from Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field in Cleveland’s Gateway District, this is a great place to go before or after a Tribe or Cavs game and also a great spot to take in some hoops action. With delicious hand-packed burgers, 44 beers on tap and plenty of daily specials, there’s a lot to like about this downtown Cleveland sports bar.


Market Garden Brewery

1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 621-4000

This place is a terrific addition to Ohio City, not only because their food is incredibly good, but also because they stay stocked with a lineup of tasty, beers like the award-winning Progress Pilsner, Citramax IPA, and Prosperity Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. It’s not a sports bar in the traditional sense, but they offer enough space and TVs to watch the games and plenty of ways to get a buzz with your basketball.


Sports Bars in Columbus

Eddie George’s Grille 27

Grandview Yard, 775 Yard Street, Grandview Heights, OH 43212 – (614) 421-2727

Formerly located on Ohio State campus, and now just a few miles away from downtown in Grandview, this tasty restaurant is owned by Ohio State alum and Heisman trophy winner Eddie George. Grille 27 has offers a great menu of steaks, burgers, and sandwiches, plus plenty of HD flat screens, great cocktails and big portions of delicious food. You’ll definitely find your fair share of Buckeye fans here, along with some pretty cool Ohio State memorabilia.

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Boston’s Pizza

Grandview Yard, 775 Yard Street, Grandview Heights, OH 43212 – (614) 421-2727

What better way to watch your favorite game than with pizza and beer? This downtown Columbus sports bar — located in the Arena District, right across from Nationwide Arena — is the perfect place to pair two of basketball fans favorite things. Boston’s evens offers deals specific to the NCAA tourney, with 50% off a 3-topping pizza and a domestic pint of beer during March Madness.

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Sports Bars in Toledo

Wesley’s Bar and Grille

1201 Adams St., Toledo OH 43604 – (419) 255-3333

Located in Downtown Toledo’s Uptown Entertainment District, this popular place has televisions peppered throughout three separate bar areas and always offers a warm and lively atmosphere with mouth-watering dishes.

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Sports Bars in Cincinnati

Holy Grail Tavern & Grille Banks

161 Joe Nuxhall Way Cincinnati, OH 45202 513- 621-2222

With this sports bar being located directly across the street from Great American Ball Park, you’re bound to run into plenty of fans awaiting the return of Cincinnati Reds baseball season at Holy Grail, but you’ll definitely find Bearcats basketball on plenty of TVs throughout this spacious bar. The food is solid, the drinks are reasonably priced and there are three huge garage doors that open to an outdoor patio if the weather’s nice.

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The Blue Goose

11060 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Known as “Northern Cincinnati’s Gathering Place” the Blue Goose is a casual sports bar & restaurant offering American comfort fare, big-screen TVs, and Sunday brunch located in Sharonville. A spacious bar area, plenty of beers on tap and game day specials during football, basketball, and other big events, make this a great place to watch the tournament.

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Sports Bars in Dayton

Tank’s Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410

For more than 30 years, Tank’s has been treating sports fans to a laid-back atmosphere and great food any time of day. Known both for its great late-night eats and its all-day breakfast, Tank’s has got your covered no matter what you’re in the mood for. It’s near the University of Dayton campus, so you’re sure to find plenty of Flyers fans here. It may be little old-school for those in need of huge high-def TVs to watch the big game, but the food and atmosphere make up for the lack of TV size.

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Sports Bars in Ohio

Buffalo Wild Wings

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that perhaps the most well-known chain of sports bars in the U.S. started right here in Ohio — with the first BW3 opening on High Street in Columbus in 1982. Chances are you know what you’re getting here, but just in case you don’t the motto “Wings. Beer. Sports.” may clear it up for you. With tons of great wing flavors, lots of beer on tap, and TONS of screens, you probably won’t find a better and more bustling March Madness hub than the Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Since the original Rooster’s opened in Dayton in 1988, the concept has been simple: Provide “A Fun, Casual” Joint with amazing wings, cold drinks and a family-friendly environment for grabbing a meal and watching sports. Now with more than 30 locations throughout Ohio in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and even into Kentucky and West Virginia, Rooster’s is a “must-try” for any sports fan visiting Ohio.

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With a motto like “Food. Fun. Sports. Spirits.” it’s easy to tell that Fricker’s is focused on delivering the things March Madness fans crave. This family-friendly sports bar — kids eat free every day! —  is known as one of the best places for wings in Ohio, with multiple locations throughout the Cincinnati area and throughout Eastern Ohio in Dayton, Findlay, Bowling Green and Toledo, and has a great setup for watching games. They even have deals on beer specific to the NCAA tournament.

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