These sports bars are perfect for watching March Madness

Need a place to dive into March Madness? These local sports bars offer a lot of TVs, plus good food and beer, too. 

Holy Grail at The Banks: Holy Grail is a popular place on game days for good reason. It has 32 TVs, including four 70-inch screens, and a wide variety of options on the menu and at the bar. The Reuben wontons – homemade egg rolls with corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut inside and Thousand Island dressing to dip – are a popular appetizer, as are the loaded fries (bacon, ranch, cheddar cheese and chives). There are 20 taps including mainstream brews, rotating crafts and local offerings, but the most popular is the Rivertown blueberry beer. 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown. 513-621-2222; www.holygrailcincy.com

Lachey’s Bar: Lachey’s features 25 TVs, including a 90-inch screen over the bar, and dozens of drink options (28 beers on tap, 41 bottle and can options, signature cocktails and more). Among the most popular eats are the build-your-own burgers and the Tot Bowl, which features three flavors of fried tater tots to choose from (jerk rub, spicy garlic or bacon and cheddar cheese) and is served with Rhinegeist beer cheese, malt vinegar aioli and ketchup. 56 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. 513-275-0740; lacheys.com

Dana Gardens: For more than 80 years, Dana Gardens has been the Xavier bar. Students sign their names all over the bar (from ceiling to floor!) to commemorate their time at XU -- and during March Madness there's no better place to watch games than this bar filled with alumni and students alike. Try a Herschel's Special, and don't forget the wings and grilled mac-and-cheese bites. Evanston. 1832 Dana Ave., Evanston. 513-631-2337; http://danagardens.com

Dickmann's: Whether you're rooting for UK or NKU, this is the place to root for your team during March Madness. Grab a Bud or a craft beer, and a side of great wings; Dickmann's has wings (in orders from five to 25) with lots of homemade sauces, from mild to barbecue to "barn burner hot." The bar also serves burgers and pizza, too -- everything you need to settle down for the tourney. 479 Orphanage Road, Fort Wright. 859-331-8076; www.dickmannscafe.com

Longnecks: Another great place for UK or NKU fans, Longnecks is everything you want in a sports bar: lots of cold beer (bottled, canned and draft) and plenty of great bar grub. Try the Longnecks Sampler featuring your choice of four appetizers, from local classics like Hanky Pankies to bar favorites like fried pickles and cheesy fries. 1009 Town Drive, Wilder. www.longneckssportsgrill.com

Kitty’s Sports Grill: Kitty’s has plenty of TVs that will be tuned to basketball (12 HDTVs, including one 80-inch and a large projector screen). You also can count on their popular grilled wings and Angus burgers, as well as other traditional bar fare such as pulled pork sandwiches and homemade chili. 218 W. Third St., Downtown. 513-421-8900; www.kittyssportsgrill.net

Oakley Pub & Grill/Anderson Pub & Grill: For more of a dive bar, head to Oakley, which has fewer TVs (10) and a smaller setting; for the full sports bar experience, go to Anderson, which features 19 TVs ranging from 42 to 65 inches. At both, you can find the same great food. Enjoy the “Soul Burger” – Black Angus chuck, seasoned with jerk spices, and topped with bacon, American cheese and grilled onions – among the favorites. And, if you’re not a burger fan, there are plenty of other items on the menu, such as wings, pizza, sandwiches and nachos. Drink-wise, both offer a variety of craft beers, bottled or among the eight taps. Oakley Pub & Grill: 3924 Isabella Ave., Oakley, 513-531-2500, www.oakleypubandgrill.com; Anderson Pub & Grill: 8060 Beechmont Ave., Anderson. 513-474-4400, www.andersonpubandgrill.com

Second Place: Last year the owners of the Littlefield, the bourbon bar and kitchen in Northside, opened bar and gaming venue Second Place right next door. Second Place features a large bar with beers on tap, multiple flat-screen televisions, board games, billiards and dart boards. Though Second Place usually opens at 4 p.m., it will open for March Madness fans at noon on Thursday and Friday. 3963 Spring Grove Ave., Northside. 513-417-8468; www.secondplacebar.com

MVP Sports Bar & Grille: MVP offers a casual atmosphere with 15 TVs, mostly 55-inch with one main large screen. Enjoy burgers, wings, potato skins, sandwiches, melts and flatbread pizzas. You can choose from a beer selection that includes domestic, import and local craft brews in can, bottle or draft form (12 on tap), including hard root beer and pale ales from MadTree. 6923 Plainfield Road, Silverton. 513-794-1400; www.mymvpsportsbarandgrille.com

Tap House Grill: Find 26 TVs and a menu highlighted by items such as build-your-own burgers, pretzels with beer cheese and a build-your-own salad menu for those with healthier appetites. The 34 taps rotate often but usually include 24 local and featured beers and the rest mainstream. 8740 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Township. 513-891-8277; www.taphousecincy.com

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