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Catch Your College Team at These Sports Bars for March Madness

Pull up a bar stool for March Madness.
Pull up a bar stool for March Madness. Westword file photo
March Madness begins this week, and you don’t live near your alma mater anymore — so where are you going to join your fellow alumni to cheer for your college team? Denver boasts bars all around the city for almost every college team you want to root for — or against. Here are ten places to catch the March Madness action.

Let’s start with last year’s champions, number-two seeded University of North Carolina. Don’s Club Tavern (723 East Sixth Avenue) is an all-around sports bar where you can find almost any game at any time. But more important, it's a favorite for UNC alumni who often congregate for games. Die-hard Tar Heels fans can also be found at the Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake Street), which is home to the Denver Carolina Club.

click to enlarge Watch Gonzaga play at the Pub on Pearl. - ERIC GRUNEISEN
Watch Gonzaga play at the Pub on Pearl.
Eric Gruneisen
Last year’s runner-up, Gonzaga (a four seed this year), also has a bar to call home in Denver. The Pub on Pearl (1101 South Pearl Street) has the blue-and-gold flag hanging on the wall. It’s also an Iowa bar, so do be careful (although Iowa's not in the tournament this year, so you're probably safe). If you happen to stop by on a Thursday, belly up to the bar for $6 all-you-can-eat wings; the deal starts at 5 p.m., so get there early. Add in $3.50 well drinks and $4 shots for a fun and cheap night out.

UCLA has won the most NCAA men's basketball titles since the tournament's inception in 1939, but it's only seeded at eleven this year and is part of the "first four" play-in round on Tuesday, March 13. If you’re looking to cheer on the Bruins, head to the Irish Snug (1201 East Colfax Avenue) in Capitol Hill, where you can enjoy one of many sandwiches on the menu or play it smart by ordering a bunch of appetizers. From Brussels sprouts to poutine, there's a lot to share (or not) with your friends.


The University of Kansas is another all-time favorite contender and a number-one seed this year. In Denver, Stoney’s Bar & Grill (1111 Lincoln Street) is the place to cheer on all things Jayhawk. The bar is huge and often hosts Kansas-specific events; go to Stoney's Facebook page to get details, including information on times and specials ahead of the big game.

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Bridget Wood is a contributor to Westword’s Food & Drink section. She can be found wandering Denver, mimosa in hand, searching for the best brunch spots the city has to offer. She spends her weekends shopping for obscure records and working on the Sunday crossword puzzle. Despite her Boston roots, she is learning to love green chile.