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SF March Madness Fan Guide

Jeff Howard March 19, 2019

March Madness is one of the greatest times of the year for sports fans.  The exciting last-second finishes and massive upsets are a guarantee in the tournament each year.  Luckily, San Francisco has a designated bar for mutual fans to watch the games together.  Although most smaller schools do not have their own affiliated bar in San Francisco, local watch parties will be hosted by most colleges in the tournament. Stay tuned to The 2019 SF March Madness Fan guide to hear updated information about NCAA tournament watch parties in San Francisco.

Duke vs 16 NCC/NDAK ST.

3/22 @ 4:10pm

2 Michigan State vs 15 Bradley

3/21 @ 11:45am

The marquee location to watch the Spartans and Blue Devils is at The Brick Yard on Union Street.  Located in the trendy Pac Heights/Marina area, this bar is nearby the stunning Marina Cove and 2000 Broadway Apartments.  The Michigan State game versus Bradley will be shown Thursday afternoon while Duke will take on the winner of the play-in game on Friday.


3/22 @ 6:40

VCU fans often meet at The San Francisco Athletic Club and you can stay tuned to UCF’s Bay Area Alumni Chapter.

Mississippi St. vs 12 Liberty

3/22 @ 4:27pm

Virginia Tech vs 13 Saint Louis

3/22 @ 6:57

Many Bay Area based Virginia Tech Hokies Fans will be there in person to watch their team take on Saint Louis in San Jose.  However, the best place watch in San Francisco is certainly at The Bus Stop in The Marina.

6 Maryland vs 11 Belmont/Temple

3/21 @ 12:10pm

Maryland fans typically enjoy games at The Boardroom, but make sure to check their Facebook page for updates.

3 LSU vs 14 Yale

3/21 @ 9:40am

Although LSU is typically a football school, there are multiple options including Northstar Cafe and Originial Joe’s for fans to watch their highly ranked basketball team take on Yale.

 Louisville vs 10 Minnesota

3/21 @ 9:15am

Golden Gopher games are shown at Final Final while Louisville fans often gather at The Brick Yard.

1 Gonzaga vs 16 FDU/PVIEW

3/21 @ 4:27pm

Fans of the Zags can usually be found gathered around the TVs at Pete’s Tavern.

8 Syracuse vs Baylor

3/21 @ 6:57pm

If you want to watch the Orangemen, then you’ve gotta try The Blue Light in The Marina!


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5 Marquette vs 12 Murray State

3/21 @ 1:30pm

Kezar Pub is the most popular location for fans of Marquette.

4 Florida State vs 13 Vermont

3/21 @ 11am

Seminole fans commonly gather at The Patriot House at The Embarcadero for football on Saturday.  Head over this week for some hoops!


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 Buffalo vs 11 ASU/St. John’s

3/22 @ 1pm

3 Texas Tech vs 14 Northern Kentucky

3/22 @10:30am

7 Nevada vs 10 Florida

3/21 @ 3:50pm

Gator fans also gather at Pete’s Tavern to watch their team’s games

2 Michigan vs 15 Montana

3/21 @ 6:20

Trademark & Copyright, Barrel Proof, and The Taco Shop will all be filled with supporters of the Wolverines.  There’s no shortage of Michigan fans in SF!

1 Virginia vs 16 Gardner-Webb

3/22 @ 12:10pm

Cheer on your Hoos at The Brick Yard!

8 Ole Miss vsOklahoma

3/22 @ 9:40am

5 Wisconsin vs 12 Oregon

3/22 @ 1:30pm

Fans of the Badgers are encouraged to check out Ace’s on Polk Street.


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However, Oregon fans can watch their Ducks at The Wreck Room or The Boardroom

4 Kansas State vs 13 UC Irvine

3/22 @ 11am

6 Villanova vs 11 St. Mary’s

3/21 @ 4:20pm

Villanova fans enjoyed their championship run last year at Pete’s Tavern near At&T Park.  Fans of the only Bay Area team in the tournament,  The Gaels, can head to Golden Gate Tap Room in Union Square.

3 Purdue vs 14 Old Dominion

3/21 @ 6:50pm

7 Cincinnati vs 10 Iowa

3/22 @ 9:15am

If you like the Hawkeyes, then you’ve gotta try Ted’s Sports Bar and Grill in SoMa.

2 Tennessee vs 15 Colgate

3/22 @ 11:45am

Fans of the Volunteers know the best place to watch the game is Hollow Cow, a trendy bar on Union Street.

1 UNC vs 16 Iona

3/22 @ 6:20pm

The number one bar for North Carolina Tarheel fans in San Francisco is located in the Lower Haight neighborhood near Duboce Park.  A popular Irish pub, Danny Coyle’s often shows soccer matches but will be packed with rowdy UNC fans this week.  The Tarheels will take on the sixteenth seeded Iona Gaels… There is not one but two sets of Gaels in this year’s NCAA tournament!


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8 Utah State vs 9 Washington

3/22 @ 3:50pm

Head to Hayes Valley if you root for the Huskies!  Dobb’s Ferry is a can’t-miss sports bar!

5 Auburn vs 12 New Mexico State

3/21 @ 10:30am

Nick’s Crispy Tacos on Polk Street has always been the best place to watch Auburn football… How will the turnout be to watch Auburn’s elite basketball team take on New Mexico State this year?  Check out the incredible celebration from a defeat of Alabama:

4 Kansas vs 13 Northeastern

3/21 @ 1pm

Kansas fans have locked down The Pub BBQ at Ghiradelli Square as their bar of choice.  This place has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of room to spread out and watch the Jayhawks.

6 Iowa State vs 11 Ohio State

3/22 @ 6:50pm

Iowa State fans typically meet up at The Boardroom while Ohio State fans will be at Teeth.

3 Houston vs 14 Georgia State

3/22 @ 4:20pm

7 Wofford vs 10 Seton Hall

3/21 @ 6:40pm

2 Kentucky vs 15 Abilene Christian

3/21 @ 4:10pm

Ready to watch your Wildcats? Head to Local Tap Bar and Grill to watch your team go deep in this year’s tournament.

Remember, team bars are subject to change and you are encouraged to contact the establishment prior to attending.

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