March Madness has begun! If youre crazy for the NCAA Tournament, allow me to suggest nine places to go watch all the games, from every angle, and with some genuinely good food, not just bar bites that come straight out of a freezer bag.
All American Pub (200 E. Bland St.): For those observing the NCAA holiday, the tailgate and viewing partying starts at 10 a.m. Couch seating will make you feel right at home. 704-370-2000.
Brazwells Premium Pub (1627 Montford Drive): Enjoy all kinds of drink specials while watching your teams. 704-523-3500.
Hickory Tavern (14 locations across Charlotte, so theyve got the area covered): Its menu makes you want to go there even when there arent games on one of their many TVs. Find a location at www.thehickorytavern.com.
IceHouse (2100 South Blvd.): You could order a different beer for every game in the tournament and still not get through their beer list. 704-375-1128.
Jock and Jills Sports Grill (4109 S. Stream Blvd.): The sports bar is a staple in the city, like the old Charlotte Coliseum that used to be near it. This place is not only still standing, but it has 100 HDTVs to watch the games on. 704-423-0001.
Kickstand Burgers & Bar (1101 Central Ave.): Burgers, beer, and lots of TVs. What else do you need? 704-332-1010.
Picassos Sports Cafe (222 S. Church St.): The best place to go if you plan to stay and play uptown after the games. 704-376-8767.
Sports Page (128-D Argus Lane, Mooresville): Best wings ever, hands down. 704-662-8851.
Taco Mac (4625 Piedmont Row Drive): This place has more TVs than a Best Buy, plus beer taps on the tabletops so you can make your own draft picks. Taco Mac also has locations in University City and Lake Norman. 704-972-0503.