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Where to Watch March Madness 2022

March 10, 2022

With the end of winter and the dawn of spring quickly approaching, March is the perfect month to trade in movie nights on the couch for drinks, dining, and camaraderie out on the town. And with March Madness nearly upon us, there has never been a better time to throw on a jersey and head to your favorite sports bar for some of the best entertainment that college sports has to offer. With a plethora of bars, bistros and breweries to enjoy, Newport Beach is the perfect place to enjoy each and every game. Read on to see our selections for the six best spots to catch all the action of March Madness in Newport Beach!

Tavern House Kitchen + Bar

For a more upscale viewing experience, nothing beats the gorgeous, panoramic views of the harbor seen from Tavern House Kitchen + Bar. However, with several flatscreen TVs spread throughout the restaurant, this spot is also the perfect place to watch the big games. They offer weekly happy hour every Monday from 4-6 p.m. with discounts on appetizers, entrees, cocktails and a wide array of draft beers, making this a great place to gather with friends while you cheer on your team.

Mutt Lynch’s

Located mere steps from the sand, Mutt Lynch’s is the ultimate hangout for basketball fans this season. Their sun-soaked patio draws in fans and friends from all over the area, and with plenty of delicious food options and an entire wall of domestic and imported beers, Mutt Lynch’s is sure to be packed this March. Order a schooner of your favorite brew and indulge in one of their restaurant-quality burgers for an afternoon that’ll have you buzzin’.

Stag Bar + Kitchen

A true staple of the community, Stag Bar + Kitchen is known for its fun and action-packed contribution to Newport Beach’s nightlife scene, but by day, this bustling brewhouse is one of the best spots to gather for game day. With happy hour running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week, with discounts on everything from drinks to drafts and appetizers, Stag Bar is easily one of the best bars on the Balboa boardwalk.

Helmsman Ale House

If it’s quality brews and even better burgers that you seek, look no further than Helmsman Ale House, one of Newport Beach’s favorite haunts! What began as a top-tier craft brewery has quickly become one of the most lively and happening spots on the Peninsula. And with happy hour offered nearly every day of the week, Helmsman is sure to satisfy any craving that cheering on your alma mater may conjure.

The Place

For those seeking a classic sports bar experience where great food meets unrivaled fanfare, then Corona Del Mar’s The Place is the place for you. With over a dozen flatscreen TVs inside and another seven on their outdoor patio, The Place was built for the biggest of games. And with an incredibly diverse array of unique, specialty burgers, beers and savory flatbreads to indulge in, this CdM hotspot encourages all its guests to arrive with energy and an appetite as they pile in for March Madness.

Chihuahua Cerveza Taproom

This list would not be complete without the addition of one of Newport Beach’s favorite places to sip cervezas and indulge in some of the best tacos the city has to offer. Chihuahua Cerveza offers both an excellent happy hour every weekday as well as Taco Tuesday specials every week—think discounted tacos, margaritas and micheladas! And with plenty of screens to watch the games on, Chihuahua Cerveza is perfect for those seeking authentic Mexican cuisine to complement their gameday experience.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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