March Madness can be a roller coaster of buzzer-beating upsets for hardcore hoop heads and inveterate gamblers. So when their brackets go belly-up, alcohol and the equally hard-luck loser one barstool down can be the only solace. The chances of recouping those bracket entrance fees are slim, so why not save some cash while watching the games at the bar?
Lyndale Tap House
2937 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-825-6150 • www.thelyndale.com
This Lyn-Lake haunt can keep your thirst quenched cheaply throughout the NCAA tournament (which officially started last Tuesday). During all men’s basketball games, the Tap House is slinging Miller Lite pints for $3. In the spirit of higher education, you could start a college fund for your unborn child with the money you save. Or just buy more beer.
4217 W. American Blvd., Bloomington • 952-835-1191 • www.sensers.com
Suburban b-ball fans know this south metro sports bar, with its bountiful TVs, is a prime place for alley-oop ogling. But it’s also a thrifty pick. As long as the games are on, enjoy $3 High Life tallboys or 20-ounce Miller Lite and Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss taps for $4 and $5, respectively. Tip one back and reminisce about Gus Johnson’s game-calling glory days.
Stub and Herb’s
227 SE. Oak St., Mpls. • 612-379-0555 • www.stubandherbsbar.com
For a little on-campus action while the No. 11 Gophers take on No. 6 UCLA (8:57 p.m. Friday, truTV) try this Stadium Village pub. Just after tipoff the prices of select local taps plummet to $2 (9 p.m. to midnight every Friday). No one says you have to drink like you did in college. But then again, no one says you don’t.