March Madness at the bars

MADNESS MEN: The Georgetown vs. U-Conn. matchup on March 9.
MADNESS MEN: The Georgetown vs. U-Conn. matchup on March 9. (Chris Trotman)
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Monday, March 14, 2011; 10:46 PM

 The first week of March Madness is always the craziest, with games tipping off from noon till late night. Whether you're planning on taking a long lunch to watch your favorite team or meeting up with college friends after work, many bars will be offering food and drink specials. Check out this list of old favorites and new spots with buzz.


Lou's City Bar

The new Columbia Heights sports bar is one of the few places in the city where you can watch the Madness al fresco: The bar's heated patio, with twin 42-inch plasma screens, will open at 11 a.m. Thursday and show basketball all afternoon. And if you're feeling Irish on St. Patrick's Day, they'll also be serving green beer and Irish goodies (corned beef sliders, for example) to make the opening day of the tourney feel even luckier.

1400 Irving St. NW. 202-518-5687.

Public Bar

If you work downtown and are planning on sneaking out of the office, the three-story Public Bar should be high on your list of destinations. (With good weather in the forecast, we're looking forward to watching games on the bar's rooftop deck.) Doors open at 11 a.m., and there will be food and drink specials during every game.

1214 18th St. NW. 202-223-2200.

Rhino Bar

As the D.C. home base for alumni of Ohio State, Penn State and Georgetown, Rhino Bar looks set to have a very busy March. The Georgetown sports bar will show all games on 25 flat-screens and a trio of 110-inch projection screens, and will offer plenty of budget-friendly deals, including $8 pitchers of Miller Lite and Coors Lite, $3 Jose Cuervo margaritas and $5 Red Bull-and-vodka drinks, plus 25-cent wings for snacking.

3295 M St. NW. 202-333-3150.


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