March Madness restaurant and bar specials 2012

Grab a bracket, cheer on your alma mater and enjoy the pain and glory of college basketball with these food and drink specials.

The Anthem Bracket busters beware, the Anthem is holding a bracket contest with beer discount incentives and the opportunity to win Blackhawks or Cubs tickets and gift cards from the restaurant. Non-participants can still check out the NCAA action on the two 190-inch TVs and enjoy food and drink deals. 1725 W Division St (773-697-4804).

Benchmark This Old Town restaurant is a great destination for basketball watching with its 46 televisions tuned to all the March Madness mayhem. A retractable roof covers the second floor, which could mean a beer garden if the weather holds. 1510 N Wells St (312-649-9640).

Carmine's For a game-day dining experience without the typical frat-party scene, Carmine's is offering half-priced lunches and dinners for diners who feel like staying classy while yelling profanities at 20-year-old point guards. 1043 N Rush St (312-988-7676).

Chicago q Serious sports enthusiasts need a serious drink. Chicago q's private label, single-barrel, ten-year-old bourbon is available for $5 a pour to aficionados who say, "I'm here for the Madness of March." 1160 N Dearborn St (312-642-1160).

Crossing Tavern All Kansas University fans and alumni are welcome here. And with 55 plasma-screen TVs, you won't miss a single second of Thomas Robinson or the rest of the Jayhawks as they battle their way through 63 other teams. 2548 N Southport Ave (773-327-4900).

Franklin Tap On March 14, the night before March Madness commences, Franklin Tap is hosting a mixology event with the battles between Chicago-based spirits and brew instead of b-ball teams. While drink specials are all day, from 5–7pm there will be a complimentary sampling with Metropolitan Brewery and Koval Distillery. 325 S Franklin St (312-212-3262).

Frontier With all of the NCAA action playing on its 11 42-inch TVs, Frontier surrounds basketball fans with college hoops and $5 seasonal drafts. Food packages include the tailgate package for six or more people ($225) and the whole animal package for ten or more ($400), which includes an entire roast pig and sides. 1072 N Milwaukee Ave (773-772-4322).

Giordano's What's more classic than a brew, a b-ball game and a pizza? Visit Giordano's during the college tournament and receive a $5 gift certificate for your next meal, either dine-in, carry-out or delivery, throughout the month of April. Available at all Chicagoland Giordano's locations.

Kirkwood This is the perfect spot for Indiana University alumni wanting to cheer on the cream and crimson. Hoosier fans can snag specials like $5 Miller or Coors drafts, $5 Hoosier bombs or $7 Big Ten nachos. 2934 N Sheffield Ave (773-770-0700).  

Lobby Lounge While the bar scene is always great for lively sports discussion, the Lobby Lounge at the ShowPlace ICON Theater offers another atmosphere for hoops watching. Specials for the month include the "Hoops-tini" and the "March Mango Madness Margarita" ($12 each) while regular menu items are also available. 150 W Roosevelt Rd (312-564-2104).

Lottie's Pub Opening at 10am to catch all of the early games, Lottie's Pub has almost as many televisions as it does beers on tap (23). Party platters ($15), 22oz Miller cups ($5) and buckets of wings ($5) provide sustenance as well. 1925 W Cortland St (773-489-0738).

Luxbar Even if you don't win your fantasy league, you can win a viewing party for ten during a Final Four game of your choosing. And those who don't win the viewing party can still stop by Luxbar throughout March for 25 different craft, local and foreign beer selections, sliders, truffle fries, quesadillas and mouth-watering burgers. 18 E Bellevue Pl (312-642-3400).

Market Restaurant & Bar With a competitive spirit filling the March air, play a couple games of hoops bingo, bags or Ping-Pong at Market Restaurant & Bar. Drink specials such as $5 Bacardi bombs, $7 red sangria and $2 domestics can help you pluck up some courage for the games. 1113 W Randolph St (312-929-4787).

The Pony Inn While college ball dominates the overhead plasmas, there is a chance of a reprieve from NCAA madness with U.K. sports broadcast on your table's individual flat-screen. Food and drink offerings like 22oz Miller and Coors drafts for $5 and pizzas for $8 will help you enjoy the games as well. 1638 W Belmont Ave (773-828-5055).

Quay Restaurant and Bar On March 15, the season of the $15 10-ounce prime beef burger special begins at Quay. Thursday and Friday beer flight specials will also be provided, featuring Green Line, Half Acre and Windy City Wheat drafts. 465 E Illinois Ave (312-981-8400).  

Rockit Bar & Grill For the week of March 12, Rockit Bar and Grill is hosting its third annual "Mac Madness" event at both of its locations. Gourmet mac & cheese options include buffalo lobster mac, foie gras mac, cheeseburger mac, truffle mac and chorizo mac. 22 W Hubbard St (312-645-6000) and 3700 N Clark St (773-645-4400)

Rosebud Prime When hot wings just won't cut it anymore, enjoy steaks, seafood and prime chops in the bar area of Rosebud Prime, ensuring a great view of the game and a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two drinks during happy hour (5–7pm). 1 S Dearborn St (312-384-1900).

Schoolyard Marquette Golden Eagles and University of Illinois Orange Krush fans can gather around the 19 plasma TVs for game-day rivalries and camaraderie. The young crowd will make you feel as if you really are back at your schoolyard. 3258 N Southport Ave (773-528-8226).

Sidebar Conveniently located in the Loop, Sidebar allows professionals to stop in on their lunch breaks or after work to check scores. The newly expanded bar offers more than 40 imported and domestic brews as well as wine pairings for the contemporary cuisine. 221 N LaSalle St (312-739-3900). 

Tavern on Rush With doors opening early (11am on weekdays and 9am on weekends), this restaurant allows you to start celebrating your team's win or stewing over its loss as soon as you can. Because we all know those refs were out of line. 1031 N Rush St (312-644-9600).

Tuscany Restaurant All three Tuscany restaurants are celebrating March Madness in the vein of Garfield—with lasagna. Different lasagnas will be highlighted each day including ricotta lasagna, chicken lasagna, primavera lasagna, bolognese lasagna and seafood lasagna. Lunch will be $13 and dinner will be $16. 1014 W Taylor St (312-829-1990).

The Venue at Horseshoe Casino With a free breakfast buffet and cash prizes offered for winners of the complimentary bracket game, this Indiana sports bar might have you crossing state lines for the first days of the March Madness tournament, March 15 and 16. The doors open at 10am each day, and food and drink specials are offered as well. 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond, IN (866-711-7463).