Watch March Madness with locals at these 8 Metro Detroit sports bars

Watch March Madness With Locals At These 8 Metro Detroit Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Sweetwater Family of Restaurants via Facebook.

By Sophie Boudreau

March 11, 2024

For college basketball fans, the most wonderful time of the year is here.

As March Madness sweeps the country, Metro Detroiters find themselves seeking the perfect place to catch the tournament among fellow sports fanatics (whether or not one of their beloved Michigan-based teams happens to be appearing). Luckily for those who call the Motor City area home, sports bars are easy to come by. In addition to plenty of television screens, most local sports bars boast tasty fare, free-flowing beverages, and good vibes galore. 

Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or cursing a longtime rival, you won’t want to miss a minute of March Madness. To help make the most of this year’s tourney, check out our list of Metro Detroit’s eight best sports bars (some might even call them an Elite Eight!) and let the games begin. 


1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit

The vibe is simultaneously cozy and festive at Nemo’s, a classic dining and game-watching spot for Detroit sports fans. Grab a spot at the bar or settle in at a table among vintage sports memorabilia during March Madness—and don’t forget to order a “Nemo’s Famous Burger” to sustain you through all that cheering. 

Harry’s Detroit Bar & Grill

2482 Clifford St, Detroit

You might have visited Harry’s while pregaming for a Lions or Tigers game (after all, the eatery offers a shuttle to and from sporting events), but we promise it’s just as fun if you’re dropping in to watch a game on TV. Head inside for great grub like hot chicken sandwiches or Bavarian pretzels and enjoy all the college basketball action. 

Watch March Madness With Locals At These 8 Metro Detroit Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Harry’s Detroit via Facebook.

McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar

1460 Michigan Ave, Detroit

Get your fill of Irish pub energy while watching a game at McShane’s, a Corktown favorite lauded by locals for its fantastic whiskey, friendly servers and tasty eats. We recommend ordering a hearty shepherd’s pie or classic fish and chips to enjoy amid the fun and excitement of game day. If whiskey isn’t your favorite, never fear: McShane’s also offers a full menu of beer, cocktails, and other beverages.  

Tony’s Sports Bar (Ferndale)

23500 Woodward Ave, Ferndale

Venture to Ferndale to visit Tony’s, a down-to-earth bar and restaurant known for its “old school” atmosphere and tasty bar food. Visitors have called Tony’s their game-day stop for over 30 years, so you might just run into a few longtime regulars when you celebrate March Madness here. The bar’s small size means you might not snag a seat during a particularly anticipated game, but it’s certainly worth a shot. 

Watch March Madness With Locals At These 8 Metro Detroit Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of Tony’s Sports Bar via Facebook

Sweetwater Tavern

400 E Congress St, Detroit

At first glance, Sweetwater might not strike you as a sports-oriented eatery, but one step inside will reveal a welcoming atmosphere, plenty of screens to catch the big game and—of course—all sorts of great food and drinks to boot. Wings are a particularly popular menu selection (and what sports game is complete without great wings?), but you can’t go wrong with any of Sweetwater’s flavorful fare. 

24 Seconds

3071 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley

24 Seconds is a quintessential sports bar and grill, offering trivia nights, draft beer galore and—most importantly—non-stop sports. Check out a convenient calendar on the restaurant’s website to determine whether your desired game will be aired at 24 Seconds, then take a moment to peruse the menu and start dreaming about which delicious bites you’ll indulge in. From pizza to build-your-own calzones to tacos and sandwiches, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Firebird Tavern

419 Monroe St, Detroit 

If you find yourself in Greektown on game day, Firebird Tavern is a must-visit. Located in a historic building that dates back to the 1880s, the tavern sits within walking distance of Hollywood Casino, St. Andrew’s Hall and other popular Greektown venues. Settle in to watch a game, then extend the celebration (or drown your sorrows after a beloved team loses) with another drink or two at Firebird, which remains open until midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

The Hideout

1110 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson

There’s so much fun to be had at The Hideout, a Clawson favorite that offers food, drinks and a laid-back atmosphere with just a touch of retro flair. Shoot a few rounds of pool or try your hand at darts as the game begins, then settle in with a beer and a burger to refuel. There’s a reason The Hideout is so popular with locals, who flock here on game days and beyond. 

Watch March Madness With Locals At These 8 Metro Detroit Sports Bars

Photo courtesy of The Hideout via Facebook

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  • Sophie Boudreau

    Sophie Boudreau is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience covering lifestyle, culture, and political topics. She previously served as senior editor at eHow and produced Michigan and Detroit content for Only In Your State.



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