How’s your bracket holding up? Yeah, ours too. But at this point in the NCAA tournament, it’s just all about choosing sides in the Final Four. If you can’t make it to the East Regional championship right here in New York at Madison Square Garden on March 28 and 30, head to one of these fine venues, where you can catch the games with fellow fans — and eat and drink well, too.
“Classy” and “sports bar” aren’t generally two terms you see in the same sentence. But the Ainsworth is a decidedly upscale establishment — despite the dozens of TVs and projection screens. Expect $1 oyster specials with your wine, craft beer or cocktails, or just go for a bottle of Moet when your team is victorious. 122 W. 26th St., 212-741-0645, ainsworthnyc.com
A great beer selection and lively crowd means Professor Thom’s is always a good time, but this East Village bar really comes alive during the tournament, with TVs and projectors everywhere you look. Expect $4 Hardwood Ale as a special throughout the tournament, and after major upsets, there may be free Jello shots or Rebel Yell shots — depending on which team conquers which. 219 Second Ave., 212-260-9480, professorthoms.com
Plenty of room and plenty of cheap beer at this casual and always-fun Park Slope bar; $3 pints of Coors Light and Pork Slope Ale, $10 pitches of the same. And if the game doesn’t go your way — or even if it does! — a plate of the famous tater tot “Irish nachos” will get your mind off things. (So will the always-affordable Slippery Slope, a $5 shot-and-beer combo.) 247 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, 718-768-7675, porkslopebrooklyn.com
It’s one of the best-loved sports bars in NYC for a reason: This little East Village stalwart is covered completely in sports memorabilia (and its Twitter feed is covered in NCAA excitement). A great craft beer selection — Standings has been honored with the Good Beer Seal – means you don’t have to downgrade to Bud Light. 43 E. Seventh St., 212-420-0671, standingsbar.com