Where to watch March Madness

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Professor Thom's

Professor Thom's Photograph: Jolie Ruben


Professor Thom's
Beer-guzzling New Englanders flock to this bi-level bar, which claims to be the largest seller of Harpoon outside of Massachusetts. During March Madness, convene with your friends in either the low-key upstairs lounge (it's decked out with comfy couches) or the more raucous main floor, which has six booths with individual TVs. No matter where you decide to set up camp, make sure you order one of the best nacho platters in town, Thom's gargantuan pile of gooey goodness, which comes on a 20-inch pizza tray ($17.95). 219 Second Ave between 13th and 14th Sts (212-260-9480, professorthoms.com)
TVs: 17, plus two ten-foot projectors
Deals: $4 drafts of Hardwood Ale during all games; free drinks (Jell-O and SoCo and lime shots, pints and pitchers of Hardwood Ale) after particular upsets
Attracts fans of: Massachusetts, Michigan, Syracuse

Standings Bar
With walls covered in college-team pennants and an impressive American microbrew tap selection that changes weekly, this tiny hang caters to both brew snobs and sports enthusiasts. Show up when Standings slings free pizza (see details below), which should help you to soak up its 72-ounce "mega" pitchers of craft suds ($20). 43 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-420-0671, standingsbar.com)
TVs: Eight 42-inch screens
Deals: Grab a free slice (from Ray's) on March 15 and 16 at 1pm (as well as on Fridays at 8pm); $1 off drafts Monday through Friday between 5pm and 7pm
Attracts fans of: Indiana, Michigan, Syracuse

Jack Demsey's
If you work in midtown, consider popping into this rowdy Irish pub to see how your bracket is faring. Upstairs, you can catch the big game of the moment on a massive eight-foot jumbo screen. If you can manage to push your way through the sea of blue T-shirts (Demsey's is a popular meeting spot for Kentucky fans), choose among the bar's healthy selection of Scotches, or opt for a pint from across the pond, such as Tetley's English Ale, Guinness and Boddingtons. 36 W 33rd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-629-9899, jackdemseys.com)
TVs: 25 48-to-60-inch screens
Deals: $4 PBR and Miller Lite drafts during games
Attracts fans of: Kentucky

Break Bar and Billiards
Between hurling abuse at Duke, prove you can walk the walk at Break's Pop-A-Shot basketball machine. (The high score currently stands at 510, so bring your A-game.) Other amusements at the sprawling 7,000-square-foot sports lounge include pool, Ping-Pong, air hockey, foosball and arcade games. Decide who buys the next round based on Big Buck Hunter prowess; a strong selection of pilsners, wheats, porters and ales will assuage the pain of your dented pride. 32-04 Broadway at 32nd St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-5400, break-ny.com)
TVs: Ten 50-inch and two 60-inch
Deals: During games, score $3 pints, $10 pitchers and half-price wings (usually $8 a plate)
Attracts fans of: Syracuse

Village Pourhouse
Fans of exotic beers can sip global finds like Japan's Hitachino and Finnish brew Sinebrychoff at this fratboy-friendly tavern. Stake out your terrain in one of the four rooms, then take a lap to check out the sports memorabilia in the hallway, which includes Michael Phelps's swimming cap and a Mets' base from Shea Stadium. 64 Third Ave at 11th St (212-979-2337, pourhousenyc.com)
TVs: 20 42-inch screens
Deals: $25 buckets of six Bud Lights, $30 buckets of six craft beers (Abita, Blue Point, Ithaca, Flying Dog), $10 Bud Light pitchers during games
Attracts fans of: Duke, Butler, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Kansas

Manny's on Second
This game-day favorite pulls in the punters with a whopping 40 HD screens, 24 beers on tap and serious hot wings; the jumbo Buffalo snacks are available in servings of 10, 20, 50 or 100 ($9.95--$69.95). For that all-important match, the top floor is available for private viewing parties. At halftime, trounce your mates on Manny's Xbox 360 (equipped with NBA 2K and Call of Duty: Black Ops) or take it lo-fi with board games like Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. 1770 Second Ave between 92nd and 93rd Sts (212-410-3300, mannysonsecond.com)
TVs: 40 screens, including one 80-inch
Deals: From 7 to 9pm on Friday nights, get $1 drafts and $4 pitchers of Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light
Attracts fans of: North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse

Harlem Tavern
Gather your group for a guzzling session at this massive craft-brew garden, where the outdoor patio has been tented, heated and equipped with an eight-foot HD screen. Alternatively, commandeer one of the communal wood tables inside, where you can watch the game on one of two HD projectors or six 55-inch flatscreens. Both beer nerds and casual drinkers will find quaffs to their liking among the local suds (Harlem Brewing Company's Sugar Hill Golden Ale), everyday bottles (Budweiser) and international offerings (Delirium Tremens). Soak up the booze with hearty plates like the Moroccan spiced lamb burger. 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) at 116th St (212-866-4500, harlemtavern.com)
TVs: 9 screens
Deals: During games, wash down barbecue wings (8 for $10, 16 for $15, 24 for $20) and sliders (3 for $10, 6 for $15, 9 for $20) with $25 buckets of five beers

200 Fifth
This large sports hub is packed on game day, and for good reason: It boasts more TV screens per square foot than any other bar in Park Slope. While its beer selection can't match those of nearby craft-brew havens like Bierkraft and the Gate, its 40-strong draft list has some highlights for more adventurous bracket fanatics (Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA, Smuttynose Star Island Single). Show up early to nab a booth—each one is outfitted with at least two overhead screens. 200 Fifth Ave between Sackett and Union Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-0023, 200-fifth.com)
TVs: 72 24-to-60-inch screens
Deals: Draft beers are half-off between 4pm and 7pm during the week

The Ainsworth
If the idea of downing Bud Light amidst droves of boisterous fans rubs you the wrong way, try this polished Chelsea sports bar. Its decor (blown-glass chandeliers, rustic, pine-paneled walls) is decidedly upscale for a game-day destination. We suggest splitting a pitcher of Goose Island IPA ($23) with your pals. 122 W 26th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-741-0645, ainsworthnyc.com)
TVs: 40 50-inch screens, plus two projection screens

Red Star
No doubt about it, a 6,000-square-foot sports bar is a rare find in Greenpoint. While you watch the game in HD, dig into daily food specials such as $1 tacos on Tuesdays and 50 cent wings on Wednesdays, washed down with the bar's own amber and light lagers on tap. 37 Greenpoint Ave at West St (718-349-0162, redstarny.com)
TVs: 12 42-to-50-inch screens
Deals: During Friday and weekend games, get a free eight-inch pizza when you order a 128-ounce beer tube ($20--$40)
Attracts fans of: Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke, St. John's, Kansas, North Carolina, UConn

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