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Where to Find March Madness Specials in D.C.

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On Sunday, the teams competing this year's NCAA Tournament were revealed. The games begin tomorrow, but everybody will start complaining about their brackets when the tournament hits full steam on Thursday.

It's likely that most bars and restaurants with a television will play the games, but some have a little more fun with college basketball's most competitive month. So whether hoping to see a local team make it into the Sweet Sixteen (which could easily happen for #4 seeds Maryland and Georgetown), betting with a bracket or just taking advantage of basketball-themed deals, here are some places to go.

Have another favorite watch spot? Share in the comments.

—Valerie Paschall

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smith Public Trust

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3514 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 733-5834
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They’ll have all of the games on their large screens starting at noon, but in addition to the proliferation of foam fingers and shouting fans, there will be brewery specials on different days of the tournament. Look for specials on House Studio, Sierra Nevada, Victory Brewing Company, Three Stars, Soap Clothing, Boulevard and Atlas Brew Works.

2. Noelia Italian Kitchen

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1319 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-1020
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Their deal caters more to the March Madness fans who prefer creating brackets and checking the scores later than those who want to watch every minute of every game. Any guest can fill in a bracket (one per meal) and at the end of the tournament, the person (or people) with the best bracket will get lunch or dinner from Noelia for a year.

3. Cork

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1720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-2675
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The Dupont wine bar is staying on theme and they will sell Sweet Sixteen wine flights for $16. The Cork Market has also started selling a BBQ wing package with their in-house hot sauce and blue cheese dressing for basketball fans that would rather set up their own parties.

4. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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Roofer’s Union probably doesn’t expect anyone to skip out of work for the games where the 16 and 11 seeds fight it out for entry into the round of 64, but they will be open at 11:30 a.m. for prime viewing on both Thursday and Friday.

5. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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The AdMo whiskey bar’s Rooftop Madness starts on Wednesday and runs through the 29th. Expect deals for $5 pints, $6 punch and $7 whiskey and half price specials on bite sized dishes like their wings, clam dip and shrimp hushpuppies.

6. City Tap House

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901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536
(202) 644-9433
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The games will almost be a background to their four-tiered, two day competition called Tap-It-Ology. Starting at noon on Thursday, sixteen craft beers will compete for the title of Official Beer of March Madness. The sixteen beers (which include Atlas and DC Brau contenders) will be discounted to $5 during the hours of competition and whichever beers sell the most pints will move on to the next round.

7. Redline

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707 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 347-1248
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This crowds at the gastropub can be just as spirited as those at the Verizon Center; not surprising that they’re showing all of the games on their big screens. They’re currently taking reservations for tables (info@dcredline.com).

8. Meridian Pint

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3400 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 588-1075
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The Columbia Heights bar will open early on Thursday and Friday, but additionally, they’ll offer $4 drafts on four local beers (because it’s the road to the Final Four -- get it?). DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter, Port City’s Optimal Wit, Devil’s Backbone’s Vienna Lager and 3 Stars’ Ghost will be the $4 drafts. The bartenders will be handing out brackets and will give away up to $500 in prizes.

9. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3833
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Tomorrow, this bar will likely be St. Patrick’s Day Central, but it will also be the start of their bracket giveaways and drink specials. Also, their celebratory deals have the distinction of lasting through March 29.

10. Town Tavern

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2323 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 387-8696
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Adams Morgan has no shortage of sports bars, but this might be the only one offering a free pitcher of beer (for parties of ten or more that book in advance). For those just showing up, there will be $12 Bud Light Pitchers, $3 Budweiser and Bud Light bottles and $6 burger baskets. They will be open early for every tournament game. [Photo: Gracie A./Foursquare]

11. Penn Social

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801 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 697-4900
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Thursday and Friday, the Penn Social bar will open at noon. For those that are a little pickier about their gametime libations, they will have over 30 beers on tap.

12. Bracket Room Sports Lounge & Eatery

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1210 N Garfield St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 276-7337
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For the third year in a row, Bracket Room will run it’s Shot Madness contest. Patrons can fill out brackets before the tournament and once the games are underway, they can start voting for their favorite shot. The winner of Shot Madness will be Bracket Room’s official shot of the year and will get championship treatment (read: a discounted price) until next year’s Shot Madness. And yes, they will be open early for the games.

13. Open Road Grill & Icehouse

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8100 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 395-4400
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Open Road has specials on buckets of beer and wing and beer combos, and will begin happy hour at noon during March Madness games.

14. Ventnor Sports Cafe

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2411 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-3070
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Ventnor has its own bracket, specials and more.

1. Smith Public Trust

3514 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
They’ll have all of the games on their large screens starting at noon, but in addition to the proliferation of foam fingers and shouting fans, there will be brewery specials on different days of the tournament. Look for specials on House Studio, Sierra Nevada, Victory Brewing Company, Three Stars, Soap Clothing, Boulevard and Atlas Brew Works.
3514 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

2. Noelia Italian Kitchen

1319 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Their deal caters more to the March Madness fans who prefer creating brackets and checking the scores later than those who want to watch every minute of every game. Any guest can fill in a bracket (one per meal) and at the end of the tournament, the person (or people) with the best bracket will get lunch or dinner from Noelia for a year.
1319 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

3. Cork

1720 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The Dupont wine bar is staying on theme and they will sell Sweet Sixteen wine flights for $16. The Cork Market has also started selling a BBQ wing package with their in-house hot sauce and blue cheese dressing for basketball fans that would rather set up their own parties.
1720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Roofer’s Union probably doesn’t expect anyone to skip out of work for the games where the 16 and 11 seeds fight it out for entry into the round of 64, but they will be open at 11:30 a.m. for prime viewing on both Thursday and Friday.
2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The AdMo whiskey bar’s Rooftop Madness starts on Wednesday and runs through the 29th. Expect deals for $5 pints, $6 punch and $7 whiskey and half price specials on bite sized dishes like their wings, clam dip and shrimp hushpuppies.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. City Tap House

901 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20536
The games will almost be a background to their four-tiered, two day competition called Tap-It-Ology. Starting at noon on Thursday, sixteen craft beers will compete for the title of Official Beer of March Madness. The sixteen beers (which include Atlas and DC Brau contenders) will be discounted to $5 during the hours of competition and whichever beers sell the most pints will move on to the next round.
901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

7. Redline

707 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This crowds at the gastropub can be just as spirited as those at the Verizon Center; not surprising that they’re showing all of the games on their big screens. They’re currently taking reservations for tables (info@dcredline.com).
707 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Meridian Pint

3400 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
The Columbia Heights bar will open early on Thursday and Friday, but additionally, they’ll offer $4 drafts on four local beers (because it’s the road to the Final Four -- get it?). DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter, Port City’s Optimal Wit, Devil’s Backbone’s Vienna Lager and 3 Stars’ Ghost will be the $4 drafts. The bartenders will be handing out brackets and will give away up to $500 in prizes.
3400 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

9. The Star and Shamrock

1341 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Tomorrow, this bar will likely be St. Patrick’s Day Central, but it will also be the start of their bracket giveaways and drink specials. Also, their celebratory deals have the distinction of lasting through March 29.
1341 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Town Tavern

2323 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Adams Morgan has no shortage of sports bars, but this might be the only one offering a free pitcher of beer (for parties of ten or more that book in advance). For those just showing up, there will be $12 Bud Light Pitchers, $3 Budweiser and Bud Light bottles and $6 burger baskets. They will be open early for every tournament game. [Photo: Gracie A./Foursquare]
2323 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Penn Social

801 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Thursday and Friday, the Penn Social bar will open at noon. For those that are a little pickier about their gametime libations, they will have over 30 beers on tap.
801 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

12. Bracket Room Sports Lounge & Eatery

1210 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201
For the third year in a row, Bracket Room will run it’s Shot Madness contest. Patrons can fill out brackets before the tournament and once the games are underway, they can start voting for their favorite shot. The winner of Shot Madness will be Bracket Room’s official shot of the year and will get championship treatment (read: a discounted price) until next year’s Shot Madness. And yes, they will be open early for the games.
1210 N Garfield St
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Open Road Grill & Icehouse

8100 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
Open Road has specials on buckets of beer and wing and beer combos, and will begin happy hour at noon during March Madness games.
8100 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042

14. Ventnor Sports Cafe

2411 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Ventnor has its own bracket, specials and more.
2411 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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