Spring is in the air, which means it is time to fill out your bracket, grab a cold brew and get ready for the college basketball tournament. Grab your buddies and catch some hoops at one of these Seattle hot spots.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Housed in a former auto garage, the Auto Battery Bar features a supremely casual atmosphere and offers 10 televisions, eight beers on tap and plenty of great bar food, which includes a full menu of gourmet hot dogs. Auto Battery Bar’s slam dunk vibe and great specials make it a perfect for an after party celebration. Be sure to celebrate your team’s win with a cold beverage and a game of shuffleboard or match on the Wii.
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Hours: Mon to Thur – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sporting a tournament bracket with prizes and restaurant specials during the tournament, the Pyramid Brewing Company is stocked with a full menu and plenty of beer, including Pyramid samplers and growlers to go. This spacious brew house has plenty of room for all of your college basketball festivities. Bring a large group of friends and catch all of the action at the Pyramid Brewing Co.
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri – 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
F.X. McRory’s is something of a Seattle institution. From the “Time to Dine” clock to the LeRoy Neiman painting, everything about the restaurant is rooted in tradition. Woven deep into the fabric of Seattle, this watering hole is a classic. Swing in for the games and enjoy a taste from the extensive whiskey bar, and some pacific Northwest cuisine.
Hours: Sun to Thur – 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
With more than 40 TVs, Sport is sure to be playing the game you want to see. An extended happy hour features drink and food specials. This sports haven offers one of the largest bar menus in town and features everything from soup and salad to pizza and burgers. Occasionally, the restaurant offers validation for the Fisher Plaza garage, but parking can be tricky since Sport is located next to the Space Needle, so plan accordingly.
Hours: Mon – 11:30 a.m. -9 p.m.; Tue to Fri – 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – Varies depending on games
Packed with plenty of TVs, Fuel is a great choice to catch some hoops. However, arrive early to be sure to get a prime spot and get ready to cheer on your favorite team. In addition to an awesome weekday happy hour, Fuel offers an extensive and affordable menu ranging from pizza to burgers. Fuel is a music venue in addition to a sports bar, so be sure to keep Fuel in mind for entertainment long after the college basketball tournament.
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