Seattle sports bars cater to the college basketball crowds of fans that frequent their establishments each year by offering a variety of drink specials, foods you would normally find at stadium games and enough televisions so fans don’t miss a second of play time, regardless of where they’re seated. Check out any one of these Seattle bars to get the best seat in the house and catch this year’s tournament games.
Sport Restaurant & Bar
140 4th Ave. N., Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98109
Sport Restaurant & Bar is a favorite location to watch the college basketball tournament because of its numerous big-screen TVs (almost 40 in all), its drink and shot specials and the selection of stadium-style foods. No matter who you may be rooting for, the staff at Sport Restaurant & Bar will conjure up drinks in many flavors and colors to honor your team. Food choices include pizza, burgers, sandwiches, chili, chowder, salads, garlic fries, hot wings and jumbo soft pretzels.
Edge Grill Seattle
1522 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Formerly called Fox Sports Grill, this downtown Seattle sports bar and grill is a spacious establishment that can accommodate 500 or more guests. The downstairs area has the most large-screen TVs for your tournament viewing pleasure, as well as a vast selection of tasty microbrews to try. Whether you’re bringing a large group, or just a few close friends, Edge Grill Seattle can create a banquet-style menu with some of your favorite foods, including appetizers, sides, entrees, snacks and desserts.
Buckley’s on Queen Anne
232 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Buckley’s is a pub in the heart of downtown Seattle where the tournament is in full swing every year. If you have a group of alumni you wish to bring in, give Buckley’s a call and the bar would be happy to organize a group rate and provide happy hour drink prices for all of your games. One of the best viewing seats in the pub is right at the bar, so get there early to get the best seating. Buckley’s regular happy hour is Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
539 S. Occidental Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
As the closest sports bar to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, Sluggers is a hot spot with local sports fans. Sluggers may not be the largest of sports bars, but it makes up for it with its two levels, numerous TVs and extended happy hour of well drinks, draft beers and appetizers that last Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to closing time. Tournament fans who want the best views of all of the bar’s TVs should grab tables upstairs as this gives a bird’s eye view of all of them.
The Spectator Sports Bar
529 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Located on lower Queen Anne Hill, The Spectator Sports Bar is always showing the fan-favorite games, especially during the college basketball tournament. It is a full-service bar and grill with about 15 flat-screen LCD TVs for sports fanatics and offers a great selection of appetizers and draft beers and microbrews. Monday through Friday, The Spectator Sports Bar offers happy hour specials twice daily, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you happen to come in on a Tuesday, you can drink and eat all day, from open to close, at happy hour prices.
The Hawks Nest Sports Bar and Grill
1028 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
The Hawks Nest Sports Bar and Grill celebrates sports all year long. It is known best as the place to go to watch a Seahawks game, but it is also a great location to catch the tournament. This location gets packed quickly, so it’s best to show up as early as possible before the start of the games. In addition to offering buckets of beer, The Hawks Nest also serves bottled beers, draft beers, sandwiches, juicy burgers and fries.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.