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21 MKE Bars Ready for March Madness

March 18, 2021 /   Old World Three Street At Night

Do you hear that? It's a mixture of rumbling stomachs and the sound of you and your friends debating who's going to win your March Madness bracket. While I can't do much about that first part, here are some awesome downtown bars with great food and drink deals to accompany your viewing. Fingers crossed your pick makes it to the Final Four!

Cathedral Square District


Stop in for delicious eats as you watch the game at Flannery's. If the score has you heated, take a breather on their outdoor patio.


There are 22 TVs throughout SportClub's bar, dining room and outdoor patio, so you'll never miss a moment. Keep an eye on their socials - SportClub is always offering exciting food and drink specials.


Cubanitas may not be a sports bar, but their March Mojito Madness special deserves a shoutout. Head on over for $6 Traditional Mojitos and try their Ginger Mojito of the Month. Yum!

Convention Center District

Major Goolsby's

At Major Goolsby's, every Thursday is half price off of all food and Molson Coors. A perfect spot to cheer on your team!

Miller Time Pub and Grill

Dig into the Slam Dunk Lunch Special at Miller Time Pub and Grill. Enjoy a $4 Happy Place of Heavenly Haze with any burger or sandwich from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the rest of the month. You will also receive a FREE Third Space Brewing Glass with your meal, while supplies last. Once you've had lunch, stick around for the game!

Mo's Irish Pub

It's Mo's Madness this month. From huge TVs to food and drink specials, Mo's Irish Pub has you covered as you debate your bracket.

Deer District/Old World Third Street

Drink Wisconsinbly Pub

Drink Wisconsinbly Pub is just the place to root for on your team. As they go on two years strong, you can help them celebrate by grabbing a drink and helping them towards their goal of serving 100,000 beers.

Good City Brewing

With the tournament brewing, you'll obviously want a nice brew! Right next to the Fiserv Forum, Good City Brewing has you covered with unique and delicious beers.

The Loaded Slate

If you're looking for a taco deal, head to the Loaded Slate on Thursdays. You can't go wrong with $2 specialty tacos, $3 Mexican imports and $5 Cazadores margaritas as you cheer.

The Mecca Sports Bar and Grill

Mecca has plenty of space for you to kick back on their first and second floor outdoor viewing areas. STUDENTS: if you sign up for the Student Rush Program, you receive 10% off food!

Milwaukee Brat House

Game night at Milwaukee Brat House means two things - you won't miss any of the action with their TV hookup and a brat is the right choice for pre-game eats.

Oak Barrel Public House

Evenings at Oak Barrel Public House are for burgers, beer and basketball. Nothing goes better with a game than the Wisco burger and fries.

Third Street Tavern

Looking for awesome drink deals? Third Street Tavern has special prices for beers and cocktails during basketball season. Check out their socials to stay up to date!

Uncle Bucks On Third

Uncle Bucks has all three floors open and ready with Whiteclaw and Miller/Coors Bucket specials all game long!

Who's on Third

Gaze upon the large TVs and the 120" projection screen at Who's on Third as you demolish a plate of wings. Can you name a better game day food?

Water Street District

Brothers Bar & Grill

If you haven't been to Brothers in a while, you should stop by. Their recently reinvented space now has 42 screens adorning the walls of the two-floor bar. Luckily, the new look has the same laid-back atmosphere you love.

Dukes on Water

Happy Hour at Dukes is a slam dunk. Enjoy $1 Domestic taps, $5 Domestic pitchers, and $2 rails from 3-7 p.m. and stay for the games at 8!

Elwood's Liquor and Tap

Elwood's is going all out while you root for your bracket. Grab $3 shots and $6 mixers of Crown Royal, Ketel One, and Captain Morgan at the bar. Plus, there are chances to win prizes during games!


Get ready to toast with $3 Coors Light Taps and $4 Truly Lemonades when you watch the game and eat an Irish meal at McGillycuddy's.

Red Rock Saloon

Munch on classic bar food and sip on Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey as you hope your bracket is better than the rest of your league.

Brewery District

Glass + Griddle at MKE Brewing Company

Enjoy a meal from Glass + Griddle and an IPA from MKE Brewing Company while you soak in the sunshine coming into their dining room. With TVs on each wall, you'll catch every free throw.

If you're watching March Madness from home, consider ordering takeout from one of these fine establishments. Supporting our downtown restaurants and bars makes you a winner, no matter how the score turns out.

Downtown Milwaukee restaurants are committed to Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely. Remember to mask up as you visit these great downtown businesses and respect the safety guidelines in place. Check out each restaurant's website or call for open hours, and takeout, curbside or dining options.

About the Author: Terese Radke is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Special Events & Marketing Intern with Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, advancing downtown's strategic priorities through marketing, events and social media.

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