For sports fans and gambling addicts, March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year. No matter how many buzzer beaters chip away at your savings account, there’s always a chance to go double or nothing. But even when Lady Luck repeatedly kicks you in the groin, these tourney-time bar deals can numb the pain.
Joe Senser’s Sports Theater
4217 American Blvd. W., Bloomington • 952-835-1191 • www.sensers.com
This big-screen-laden “sports theater” is like a domestic beer commercial without the out-of-shape gomer inexplicably dating a cover-girl beauty. Still, the suburban sports bar/megaplex is a bro’s paradise: a bazillion TVs, beer, wings and such. Plus, Coors Light and Miller Lite taps and tallboys are $4 and $3.50, respectively, during NCAA games.
1410 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. • 612-208-0826 • www.ryanspub.net
With all the multicultural restaurants and hip cocktail bars, Eat Street isn’t known for its sports bar(s). But like a beer-stocked lighthouse in a sea of salsa and Chartreuse, Ryan’s is a beacon for neighborhood hoops fans. And with $4 20-ounce Michelob Goldens and $6 chicken tender baskets during the games, you should still have enough cash for one of those swanky cocktails.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Av. NE., Mpls. • 612-788-2529 • www.stanleysbarroom.com
While those finely tuned college athletes are hitting the hardwood, plant your lazy backside on one of Stanley’s barstools. This blue-chip beer bar makes it cheap all tournament long with $4 Summit pints during the games. Consider reinvesting those savings into a plate of nachos or loaded cheese fries. Michael Rietmulder