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Now that football season is over, it’s time to gear up for basketball season. March Madness – the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments. Selection Sunday is March 17, 2024 with games beginning on March 19 and running through the first week of April. If you want to cheer on your favorite teams, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places around the Tampa Bay area to watch the March Madness basketball games together. Score!

Best Places to Watch Basketball in Tampa Bay

Best Places to Watch March Madness in Tampa and Wesley Chapel

Irish 31

Westchase: 10102 Montague St, Tampa, FL
Hyde Park: 1611 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL
Wesley Chapel: 28358 Willey Way, Wesley Chapel, FL

Irish 31 has three locations – Westchase, Hyde Park, and Wesley Chapel. All locations have indoor and outdoor dining with plenty of drink specials and TVs to catch your favorite teams along with a full menu. It’s also family-friendly in case you have little fans in tow.

Maloney’s Irish Pub

Westchase: 9540 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL
Carrollwood: 12904 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL
Downtown Tampa: 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd, unit 140, Tampa, FL

You can head to Maloney’s in either Westchase, Carrollwood, or Downtown Tampa. Catch the games on their giant TVs either inside or out on their patios. You can also enjoy game day and happy hour specials all weekend long.

Of course, this spot makes the list of best Irish pubs in Tampa Bay too!

Maloney's Local Irish Pub
Image credit: Maloney’s Local Irish Pub

World of Beer

Westchase: 9524 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL
Tampa International: 5311 Avion Park, Tampa, FL
Temple Terrace: 2815 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
Downtown: 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL

Kick back with your favorite brew and watch the game at World of Beer in Westchase, Tampa International, Brandon, and Temple Terrace. In addition to over 100 beers, you can snack on gourmet bar far as you watch your favorite teams play.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Westchase: 13937 Monroe’s Business Park, Tampa, FL
Ybor: 1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

With two locations in Tampa – Westchase and Ybor – TBBC has become a prime viewing spot for good beer and good games. Try one of their many award-winning brews along with their wings, beer cheese dip, or burgers while your favorite teams play on the TVs around the pub.

It’s definitely one of the best breweries in Tampa Bay.

tampa bay brewing co.
Image Credit: Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Westchase

Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux

Midtown: 1140 Grammercy Lane, Tampa, FL
Wesley Chapel: 253 Sierra Center Blvd., Lutz, FL
If you’re in Midtown or Wesley Chapel, you can pop into Walk-Ons to catch the March Madness games on one of their wall-to-wall TVs. Enjoy craft beer, cocktails, and something from their scratch-made menu.

Glory Days Grill

14457 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

Glory Days in Carrollwood has an award-winning chef, happy hours all day every day, and a multitude of TVs playing all the March Madness games. What’s not to love?


107 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL

Hattrick’s combines a traditional sports bar with an old-world pub feel. The restaurant is surrounded by TVs and features a full menu with happy hour every day. They also have drink specials during select games.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

1580 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

Located on Dale Mabry just off 275, Duffy’s is a great spot to catch the game. After March Madness is over, they also offer tons of season specials throughout the year like their Oktoberfest menu and Fall-tinis to complete your game-viewing experience.


2301 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

No matter where you sit in Riveters in Midtown, you’ll have the perfect view of the game. This nostalgic style bar serves up an elevated bar menu featuring the freshest ingredients and they also offer happy hour every day from 3-7pm.

Image Credit: Riveters

Thomas P’s

12836 Henderson Rd, Tampa, FL

Thomas P’s has wall to wall TVs inside and out on their patio so no matter what team you cheer for, you’ll have the perfect view. They have a full bar and menu and live music on the patio in between games.

Image Credit: Thomas P’s

The Press Box

222 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

The Press Box has been a Tampa game viewing staple for years. Their 42 screens and matrix wall show all March Madness games and more. During the games, they also have awesome giveaways and prizes, along with drink and beer specials to accompany their extensive food menu.


4100 George J Bean Pkway. Ste A10, Tampa, FL

This bar and restaurant can be seen (and heard) from the traffic you are constantly sitting in on Kennedy, so why not stop in for the biggest college basketball games of the year? The place is filled with high-definition TVs and a fully loaded bar ready for you and the rest of your cheering squad. 

Ducky’s has plenty of seating indoor and outdoors for your basketball viewing pleasure and a huge food menu to fill you up while you watch your favorite team.

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Engine No. 9

56 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St. Petersburg, FL

This quaint, cozy sports bar dishes out incredibly tasty and unique burgers to couples seven days a week. It’s also been said to have the best burgers St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area have seen. While you are enjoying your food with your significant other, watch your favorite March Madness teams on one of the many TVs located within Engine No. 9.

In fact, outside of the bar area, each table has a personal TV at their table.

Black Flag burger and Sriracha Salmon at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete with beer and tots
Black Flag burger and Sriracha Salmon at Engine No 9 Burgers St. Pete – @engine9burgers


1320 Central Ave, St. Pete

Ferg’s is THE place to go before catching the Ray’s game, but they’re also the perfect spot to watch March Madness as well. It’s safe to say you can catch your favorite team on one of their 90+ TVs while noshing on elevated bar food and drinks.

Image Credit: Ferg’s

Abe’s Place Tap & Grill

1250 S. Missouri Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756

Abe’s is loaded with TVs, so you’re bound to catch whichever team you’re cheering for. Their menu is American-inspired and word on the street is that they have the best wings in Clearwater. Their Liquid Library includes over 44 beers on tap and the best part is happy hour is all day, every day!

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