March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from the second week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball.
The NCAA tournaments are an American tradition that sends millions of fans into a synchronized frenzy each year. It's this chaos that gives the tournament its March Madness nickname. March Madness is the concentrated hype of 68 teams vying for college basketball's biggest prize. It's the last-second, buzzer-beating baskets, the euphoria of winning to play another day and the agony of losing and going home.
Millions of Americans "fill out a bracket" predicting winners of all 67 games. You can print out your own official form here.
Spectacular sports bars with big screens and great food are perfect for rooting for your teams. The camaraderie among fans wearing their favorite player's jerseys just adds excitement to the atmosphere. To hear the cheers and jeers for the teams is really something to experience.
Here are some great local places to celebrate March Madness with a slam dunk:
Bottomz Up Bar & Grill
377 Old Country Road, Carle Place (516) 478-4777
Featuring over 50 large flat screen TVs, you'll be able to catch all the big games here!
Social Sports Kitchen
1002 Hempstead Tpke, Uniondale, (516) 489-8080
With great specials all week long including deals on wings, tacos, and tap beers, Social Sports Kitchen offers a great laid back atmosphere where you can enjoy the game.
Rockwell's Bar & Grill
60 Terry Road, Smithtown (631) 360-8900
Rockwell's of Smithtown is the bar where "everyone knows your name" - a great place to relax and watch your favorite team.
The Main Event
799 Old Country Road, Plainview (516) 935-5120
They feature 50 video displays.
Rookies Sports Club
70 Gerard Street, Huntington (631) 923-0424
Each booth has its own individual monitor to watch the game.
Changing Times Pub
1247 Melville Road, Farmingdale (631) 694-6462
They have food and drink specials for the game.
Croxley's Ale House
Locations in Franklin Square, Rockville Centre, Farmingdale and Smithtown
They have the largest selection of craft beer and imports, world famous wings and game specials.
Sporting News Grill
369 Old Country Road, Westbury (516) 213-9200
Real fans enjoy their web site, app as well as their flat screen TV's.
Irish Times Pub
975 B Main Street, Holbrook (631) 467-4330
The perfect spot to down a pint and watch the game on their 20 large screen TV's.
101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale (516) 229-5039
You won’t miss a bit of the action when you’re watching the game on over thirty 32" flat-panel HDTVs, four 46" flat-panel HDTVs, and three 52" plasma TVs.
Miller's Ale House
Locations in Deer Park and Levittown
Enjoy their "World Famous Zingers" while watching the game.
Signal 8 Saloon
80-F Montauk Highway, Copaigue (631) 789-1046
The games will be on their 18 TV's in Bose surround sound with delicious food specials.
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