Best Madison Sports Bars

It’s March, which means we’re ready to catch all the action March Madness brings at some of the best sports bars Madison has to offer. 

The Red Zone Madison

The Red Zone Madison is a local favorite for both sports and entertainment. The spot offers 35 flatscreens that showcase the latest games like basketball, football, soccer– even car racing. The destination also features its very own stage with a full sound system and lights for live music in between games or a late-night karaoke session after your favorite team wins. The spot also houses a full bar, a full menu and even offers student discounts on its craft beer. 

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LJ’s Sports Tavern & Grill

Offering classic American bites and ice-cold beers and cocktails, LJ’s Sports Tavern and Grill is the perfect spot for sports fans who require a drink in hand and good ole’ American barbecue. The spot houses a variety of flatscreens across the space, making no seat in the house a bad one. LJ’s is famous for putting customers’ faces in their beer foam from time to time, and the party spot is perfect for catching all the madness March brings. 

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Players Sports Bar & Grill

Since 1990, Players Sports Bar & Grill has been a favorite neighborhood sports bar. The family-friendly spot houses 10 flatscreens to catch the game, and activities like pool, darts, ping pong and more to keep guests entertained in between quarters or innings. Players’ tap features a selection of craft beers brewed here in Wisconsin, with cocktails and other libations available at the bar. We highly recommend trying their claim-to-fame burgers or deep-fried wings. 

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The Arena Sports Bar

With a massive 47-ft. bar, 12 flat-screen televisions and a giant main big screen, The Arena Sports Bar has the perfect seat in the house for catching every big game. The spot also houses pool tables and other bar-esque games, in addition to a dance floor to help you celebrate your favorite team’s win. 

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Lockeroom Bar & Grill

An intimate, dive bar-style spot, Lockeroom Bar & Grill in Northern Madison is a hidden gem in the city. A bit more underground than most, the Lockeroom features TV’s to catch all of the games, live music to help set the fun mood, an occasional fire pit when your favorite team wins, and all the sips and bites you need to keep you fueled. 

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Jordan’s Big 10 Pub Wings

Jordan’s Big 10 Pub

A favorite among local university students and voted to be the second-best college bar, Jordan’s Big 10 Pub is perfect for catching this month’s games. The sports spot offers $1 wings (while supplies last) every Thursday night and $4 shots all day, every day. On game day, Jordan’s does more than just showcase games on its flatscreens; it also offers an outdoor tailgate party and beer garden before and after each one.

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The Dutch Mill Sports Club

The Dutch Mill Sports Club understands sports fans and what they need to help keep them fueled and entertained on game day. The club has been open 38 years and houses drink specials in honor of the games, American fare (including a to-die-for Wisconsin-style fish fry) and some TV’s to catch the games. 

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