You’ve filled out your bracket and entered your PTO, now it’s time to watch the chaos unfold from a local spot—and maybe snag a few good food-and-drink deals in the process. The Terps kick off all the action Thursday, March 16 at 12:15 p.m. when they take on West Virginia in an 8-9 matchup, followed by wall-to-wall games all weekend. The field of 64 teams will be down to 16 after Sunday’s games, so don’t miss out on the most exciting weekend in college sports.
Abbey Burger Bistro: Grab a burger and tune into all the action at the Fells Point, Federal Hill, or Mt. Washington locations of this TV-filled sports bar. On game days, enjoy $18 domestic buckets, $14 Natty Light buckets, $20 White Claw buckets, and $6 Abbey Bombs while you cheer on your alma mater. Multiple locations. 443-453-9698
Barley’s Backyard Uptown: This Towson student hangout is supporting its state school big brother on Thursday with happy hour deals starting at noon. Root for the Terps while munching on $7, $9, and $11 appetizer specials, as well as $3 domestic beers, $4 craft beers, and $5 seltzers and rail drinks. Catch the action over the following three days overlapping with the bar’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities. 408 York Rd. 410-825-3980
Crossbar: Spend the opening weekend of the tournament at this Federal Hill biergarten and enjoy $2.50-off all drafts, $7 Miller Lite liters, and $15 domestic buckets from noon-7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Catch the games along with some of their St. Patrick’s Day specials, including $4 Guinness drafts, $5 Green Tea shots, $6 Jameson drinks, and $7 car bombs. 18 E Cross St. 443-438-4013
El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen: This Canton tequila bar boasts 20 TVs and game audio, showing all the action all weekend long, along with St. Patrick’s Day weekend live music Sunday afternoon. Enjoy bucket deals on Bud Light, Corona, and seltzers whenever games are on. 2921 O’Donnell St. 410-814-0594
Looney’s Pub: With four locations in Perry Hall, Bel Air, Maple Lawn, and College Park, this University of Maryland sports-crazed Irish bar is the perfect place to catch the St. Patrick’s Day-March Madness equinox. Enjoy $4 22-oz. Miller Lites, $5 Guinness Blondes, $10 Crush buckets, and more food specials while rooting for the Terps—whether you’re sporting red, white, black, gold, or green. You might even catch some St. Paddy’s Day deals on Guinness and Irish coffee while you’re at it. Multiple locations. 301-617-3593
Magerks Pub: Another Irish sports bar option in Fed Hill, Magerks, is dishing out its famous cheesesteaks and drink specials for tournament game days. Grab $18 domestic buckets, $19 seltzer buckets, $15 Natty Light buckets, $5 mind erasers, and $6 Green Tea shots while you cheer on your picks. 1061 S Charles St. 410-576-9230