America’s Best Bars for March Madness
Published March 24, 2012 by Gayot
March Madness means office pools, sneaking peeks at the scores at work (if not the games themselves), and taking in the action at sports bars. So, put on your favorite team’s gear and get ready to chow down on burgers and Buffalo wings at one of these top 10 sports bars across the country. One of them features a top chef’s take on a gourmet Las Vegas sportsbook, another has television screens in the bathrooms so you won’t miss a moment of the action, while a third will actually transport you to the game itself. Play ball!
430 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024
This fun-filled Upper West Side party place appeals to any mood. The front room, spacious and flanked by a long bar on one side and booths on the other, is filled with lots of diversions: foos ball, video games and the usual array of sports games flashing on multiple TVs. A regular and raucous neighborhood bunch makes Jake’s ripe for chants, hollers and drinking games. And why not — with 40 bottled beers and 15 brews on tap, there’s plenty of reason to party here. But those who want something more sedate know to hit the cozy couch-crammed back room. Bookshelves stocked with ancient texts and period furniture may make you feel as if you’re drinking in an old-moneyed family’s living room. Fortunately, with good nightly drink specials, whether you’re old money, new money or little money, Jake’s won’t put you in a financial dilemma. Check out the Top 10 Value Restaurants in New York.
Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe
225 Main St.
Stamford, CT 06901
Make no mistake: this is no ordinary sports bar. It’s a shrine to one of Stamford’s favorite sons, owner Bobby Valentine. Born in the city, he was a star ball player in high school and is currently the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Think of this as Bobby’s annuity, frequented by his local friends and fans. The place is filled with memorabilia and, of course, when a good game is on, with sports fans. With “warm ups” like the hearty chili topped with melted cheeses, chicken tenders served with hot sauce, “Hall of Fame” entrées like the full rack of barbecue ribs and a sizzling 14-ounce NY strip steak, not to mention ten “innings” of everything from salads to pizzas, sports fans will be well fed even if the game goes into overtime.
The Burger & Beer Joint
1766 Bay Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Burger & Beer Joint features 120-year-old Chicago brick walls, wood booths, copper ceilings and an outdoor patio. There are your basic bar soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks, but the Joint lives up to its name, with 99 different bottled beers and design-your-own burgers, for which diners select size (1/2 or 1 pound), bun, toppings, sauces and sides, including mushroom fries and onion rings. Menu burgers range from $11 to $32 for a ten-ounce wagyu beef burger topped with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle demi designed by executive chef Carlos Barillas (Nobu Las Vegas and Miami). There’s even a gimmicky ten-pound Motherburger that’s free if a single person finishes it within two hours; otherwise, $125. If you’d rather watch something more athletic than competitive eating, the dark B & B Sports Bar has eight flat-screen TVs, chalkboard walls filled with scores, a pool table and $5 beers. Find the best burgers near you.
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