March Madness Destinations

Backyard Kitchen & Tap (courtesy photo)

Undeniably the best day of the year for college basketball fans, the penultimate March Madness Championship Game will take place on April 2nd in a battle of the ages between two teams! On the hunt for spots to spark your team spirit before the final game? Kick off the last game day with the best March Madness Championship Happy Hours! Take note, popular PB game-day destinations along Pacific Beach’s Garnet Avenue are valid only for the final game on April 2nd from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Grab your crew for the final game and head over to Duck Dive, a haven for surfers and beach bums just steps from the sand. Snack on some gastropub-style cuisine along with an extensive list of local and micro brews and signature craft cocktails all day long. Take in the relaxing and casual beach-inspired lounge before getting fired up for the game starting at 4:00 P.M. with $5 Irish Car Bombs to get your March Madness Championship party started! 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Suds up and stay well hydrated during the final game at Backyard Kitchen & Tap, a laid-back coastal California bar that’s a natural fit for this bunch of beachside deals. Assemble your thirstiest friends and your favorite jerseys to enjoy the championship game seated in indoor/outdoor cabanas, complete with a full bar, fire pits, and multiple vantage points for game watching. Go all in from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. for $4 Budweiser & Shock Tops and $16 local pitchers for an unforgettable March Madness ritual! 832 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Take in the championship game with a slice in hand at Woodstock’s Pizza in Pacific Beach. Snag a slice of Woodstock’s famous sauce-stuffed crust pizza, featuring unique combos such as the Kickin’ Carnitas, BBQ Bird, and the Sriracha-cha, or dive into a plate of Man Cave Dry Rub Wings while rooting your team on ith a rotating selection of frosty craft brews! This hotspot for college students, surfers, and locals alike has the whole package, welcoming fans to cheer their team to victory with a sizzling pizza. Spend your game day in front of their high-def TVs from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. for 50% off all pitchers of beer! 1221 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Catch the final game with a cold one (or two) at Barrel Republic, a mecca for craft beer lovers in Pacific Beach! At Barrel Republic, you’ll find the freedom to pour straight from the tap with the simple swipe of the wristband, so you can sip and savor a wide selection of over 40 taps of tasty local craft brews while taking in the game on their high definition televisions and drop-down projector screen. Enjoy the final championship game with pints of ice-cold local favorites, microbrews, and exclusive casks while enjoying 10% off your total tab from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.! 1261 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

South Park neighbors and visitors’ selection for the best Mexican cuisine in the area goes to Del Sur Mexican Cantina, near the corner of 30th and Juniper. Creating authentic Mexican dishes with a healthy twist is this quaint, yet vibrant restaurant’s specialty. Unique takes on tacos, burritos and even appetizers like the Del Sur Queso Fundido, a house cheese blend spiced with roasted poblano, Anaheim pepper, onion and mushroom, keep diners coming back for more. Their margaritas are also out-of-this-world!

barleymash, San Diego’s March Madness headquarters, takes pride in their delicious and responsibly sourced menu items. From flatbreads to mac and cheese dishes, much of the food at this iconic restaurant and bar is prepared using beer! For example, the Oven Roasted Beer-Brined Chicken Wings, which come served in your choice of whiskey-buffalo, mango-mojito chili, bourbon-bbq or teriyaki sauce. With so many tasty sauces to choose from, your best bet is to just order them all. Barleymash also has a wide variety of local beers on tap, including Barleymash Blonde, a Kölsch-style brew that would complement the oven roasted wings perfectly.

If sampling brews while tuning into the madness that is March sounds like your kind of watch party, check out Barrel Republic. Not only is Barrel Republic San Diego’s mecca for craft beer lovers, but locations in Oceanside and Carlsbad also both serve tasty food to nosh on while you sip. Score big with the Butternut, Arugula, Bleu Cheese Dip, which includes caramelized onions, pecans and parmesan, and comes served with tortilla chips. The flavors blend well together to create a dish paired for beer-tasting!

The Smoking Gun, a retro cocktail bar located in the Gaslamp District, not only has plenty of TVs for watching games, they’ve also got appetizing Southern-inspired bites. You can’t go wrong with the Lemon-Peppered Chicken Drumettes, which come served with two of the best sauces you’ll ever taste. The homemade ranch and cali wing sauce truly make these juicy drumettes irresistible. While you’re waiting for a game to start, or if you’re more interested in playing your own, challenge friends to a game of pool, ping pong or foosball at The Smoking Gun!

PB’s neighborhood eatery and lounge, the Duck Dive is offering some bracket-busting deals all throughout the March Madness tournament, including buckets of beer and specials on wings. But while that might bring you in to watch a game or two, you’ve also got to try their DD Spinach Dip. A mix of artichoke and spinach, with poblano peppers, chorizo and pepper jack cheese comes served in a piping hot skillet with house-made chips. Head in Monday through Friday for happy hour, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for half-off this and other snacks.

Downtown dwellers can head over to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp for $5 Pacificos and brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during March Madness. Fill out a free Union bracket to win big in the top 10 or predict the ultimate champion to be entered to win a $100 gift card! With a slew of flat screen TVs and energetic vibes, this is the place to be for March Madness!

Get hoppy at Pacific Beach AleHouse this March Madness and enjoy $5 Pacificos in addition to their Hoppy Hour, available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with an offering of $2-off drafts and craft cocktails, and ½ off bottles of wine.

Park 101: Enjoy the warm spring weather while watching March Madness games on Park 101’s giant outdoor projector. Bring the whole family, including the dog, as this Carlsbad-favorite spot has appealing menu items for all, including their newestBBQ Pork Sandwich!

Nautilus Tavern: La Jolla’s neighborhood bar and grill will be offering bracket-busting deals all throughout March Madness. Enjoy specials on hotdogs, brats and beer! Assorted gourmet hotdogs, including Chicago Dogs, TJ Dogs and Seattle Dogs, start at $8 and buckets of beer start at $15.

El Chingon’s Munch Madness competition will kick off the start of the tournament on Tuesday, March 13. Sixteen teams of two will compete in a series of eating and drink competitions. Registration begins and 6 p.m. and the single elimination tournament kicks off at 7 p.m. The winning team will take home $1,000 worth of cash and prizes. El Chingon is also offering a championship bracket for guests to participate in. It costs $10 to enter and all proceed will be donated to Include Autism, a local non-profit organization that empowers individuals with autism by providing community access and meaningful skill-building programs, while engaging the community through outreach and education.

Nason’s Beer Hall: The many HDTVs, delicious bites, games and selection of craft beer favorites are enough to draw any true sports fan into Nason’s Beer Hall.  Starting Tuesday, March 13 through Monday, April 2, Nason’s will be offering college basketball fanatics Brackets, Brats & Brews. Basketball fans can grab their friends and enjoy $20 pitchers, bratwurst specials, and other game time-friendly bites, including chef’s jerky flight, the classic house made and buttery soft pretzel paired with violet mustard, the Nason’s Burger topped with bacon and mustard jam and more. During halftime fans can test their beer-pong and corn hole skills on the patio or game room.

Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza in Del Mar is THE spot to watch the games! Oggi’s in Del Mar (on Carmel Country Road and Del Mar Heights Road) will be broadcasting every game on their TVs. In fact, there isn’t a seat in the house that doesn’t have a view of at least one TV.  Each guest that watches 5 or more March Madness games at the Oggi’s in Del Mar will earn a free cheese or pepperoni pizza on their next visit.