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Ochai Agbaji of the Kansas Jayhawks cuts down the net after winning national championship.
Ochai Agbaji of the Kansas Jayhawks cuts down the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship game
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11 Stellar Sports Bars to Catch College Basketball’s March Madness Tournament in LA

The best sports tournament in the world has arrived

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Ochai Agbaji of the Kansas Jayhawks cuts down the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship game
| Photo by Handout/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

There are plenty of Southern California teams competing in the Big Dance this year: San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, USC, and UCLA, with the UCLA Bruins among the favorites to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. But like every year, top-seeded teams are often removed by scrappy schools that want it more — and that’s part of the fun.

The nearly month-long collegiate basketball tournament battles are best experienced with rabid fans, and with plenty of food and drink close by. And while Los Angeles has a wealth of sports bars, not all of them open early enough to watch the games. Here now are 11 sports bars to watch March Madness, with many of them opening around noon, and possibly earlier. Make sure to double-check each bar’s hours and social media before going in to confirm that the bars will be open.

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Champs Sports Pub

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This all-around great sports bar with terrific wings and free-flowing beer taps in Burbank always has the big sporting events on TV. The sprawling space makes it easy to hang out all day, a boon for March Madness fans who like to catch all of the action without missing a beat. Expect Champs to show most if not all the games, including morning ones.

Underdogs

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This crowded underground venue in Glendale hosts plenty of events, from comedy nights and karaoke to big sports games. While early on the bar won’t open before its scheduled 4 p.m. opening, in the later rounds of the NCAA tournament Underdogs will open earlier. A big bonus is that on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, fans can pick up a blistered New Haven-style pizza by Ozzy’s.

Bacon burger with seasoned fries at Underdogs in Glendale.
Bacon burger with seasoned fries at Underdogs in Glendale.
Underdogs

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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With handy Glendale and Highland Park locations, this longtime sports bar focuses as much on the food as it does the sports viewing experience. For March Madness, expect noon openings for college basketball fans, with saucy chicken wings, a righteous pub burger, and craft beer pours to pair perfectly with the games.

The Greyhound in Highland Park exterior from the street.
The Greyhound in Highland Park.
The Greyhound

Hi Tops

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San Francisco gay sports bar Hi Tops moved to West Hollywood in 2018, where cocktails arrive fast and with a flair for the creative, beers are on tap, and the nachos are quite good. The place opens at noon, which means most of the day it’ll show NCCA tournament games.

Hi Tops SF
Hi Tops
Hi Tops

Bludso's Bar & Que

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Bludso’s is a must for any sports fans. The casual spot for brisket, sausage links, and drinks is wall-to-wall with televisions, and it’s not uncommon to find fans of different teams crowded together around the same tables, yelling at the action on the screens. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends.

Array of barbecue and more from Bludso’s Bar & Que.
Array of barbecue and more from Bludso’s Bar & Que.
Bludso’s Bar & Que

LAces Bar

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With creative Asian buns, wings, burgers, and craft beers galore, this second-floor Koreatown sports bar is a terrific viewing experience. The restaurant opens at noon which should allow plenty of quality viewing time for college basketball fans.

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

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This Westside British pub is an ideal spot to take in any sport, especially for those with varying palates. Start with one of its respectable beer options, then try the whole pretzel knot, pub burger with smoked gouda, and fish and chips before cheering on your favorite college basketball team. Opens at 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and at noon from Friday to Sunday.

The Brixton

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With eight televisions, a bright room, and dishes like fried chicken and waffles or short rib poutine to share, the Brixton might be the perfect spot to watch a game. Add on the free parking, and it’s truly a unique spot within the Southland. Open at noon on weekdays and at 10 a.m. for brunch on weekends, making this a good first or second-game spot for Westsiders.

The Wood Urban Kitchen

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Open at noon daily, this Inglewood sports lounge and barbecue destination is the best place to order up a smoked meat storm and lay out with some beers while watching college basketball games. It’s open at noon daily.

Brisket from Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge
Brisket and more from the Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge.
Wood BBQ

Grunions Sports Bar & Grill

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Manhattan Beach’s unfussy hangout is purely dedicated to sports, with a ceiling full of paraphernalia, plenty of options on tap, and reasonably priced entrees including the beer-battered chicken tenders, eggs benedict, cheesesteaks, and fish and chips. Grunions will open early for NCCA tourney games.

Torrance Tavern

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This South Bay sports bar destination opens at 10 a.m., allowing college basketball fans plenty of time to order up nacho trays and breakfast burritos while watching the biggest tournament of the year. A weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. helps the cause for midday games.

Champs Sports Pub

This all-around great sports bar with terrific wings and free-flowing beer taps in Burbank always has the big sporting events on TV. The sprawling space makes it easy to hang out all day, a boon for March Madness fans who like to catch all of the action without missing a beat. Expect Champs to show most if not all the games, including morning ones.

Underdogs

This crowded underground venue in Glendale hosts plenty of events, from comedy nights and karaoke to big sports games. While early on the bar won’t open before its scheduled 4 p.m. opening, in the later rounds of the NCAA tournament Underdogs will open earlier. A big bonus is that on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, fans can pick up a blistered New Haven-style pizza by Ozzy’s.

Bacon burger with seasoned fries at Underdogs in Glendale.
Bacon burger with seasoned fries at Underdogs in Glendale.
Underdogs

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

With handy Glendale and Highland Park locations, this longtime sports bar focuses as much on the food as it does the sports viewing experience. For March Madness, expect noon openings for college basketball fans, with saucy chicken wings, a righteous pub burger, and craft beer pours to pair perfectly with the games.

The Greyhound in Highland Park exterior from the street.
The Greyhound in Highland Park.
The Greyhound

Hi Tops

San Francisco gay sports bar Hi Tops moved to West Hollywood in 2018, where cocktails arrive fast and with a flair for the creative, beers are on tap, and the nachos are quite good. The place opens at noon, which means most of the day it’ll show NCCA tournament games.

Hi Tops SF
Hi Tops
Hi Tops

Bludso's Bar & Que

Bludso’s is a must for any sports fans. The casual spot for brisket, sausage links, and drinks is wall-to-wall with televisions, and it’s not uncommon to find fans of different teams crowded together around the same tables, yelling at the action on the screens. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends.

Array of barbecue and more from Bludso’s Bar & Que.
Array of barbecue and more from Bludso’s Bar & Que.
Bludso’s Bar & Que

LAces Bar

With creative Asian buns, wings, burgers, and craft beers galore, this second-floor Koreatown sports bar is a terrific viewing experience. The restaurant opens at noon which should allow plenty of quality viewing time for college basketball fans.

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

This Westside British pub is an ideal spot to take in any sport, especially for those with varying palates. Start with one of its respectable beer options, then try the whole pretzel knot, pub burger with smoked gouda, and fish and chips before cheering on your favorite college basketball team. Opens at 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and at noon from Friday to Sunday.

The Brixton

With eight televisions, a bright room, and dishes like fried chicken and waffles or short rib poutine to share, the Brixton might be the perfect spot to watch a game. Add on the free parking, and it’s truly a unique spot within the Southland. Open at noon on weekdays and at 10 a.m. for brunch on weekends, making this a good first or second-game spot for Westsiders.

The Wood Urban Kitchen

Open at noon daily, this Inglewood sports lounge and barbecue destination is the best place to order up a smoked meat storm and lay out with some beers while watching college basketball games. It’s open at noon daily.

Brisket from Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge
Brisket and more from the Wood Urban Kitchen and Sports Lounge.
Wood BBQ

Grunions Sports Bar & Grill

Manhattan Beach’s unfussy hangout is purely dedicated to sports, with a ceiling full of paraphernalia, plenty of options on tap, and reasonably priced entrees including the beer-battered chicken tenders, eggs benedict, cheesesteaks, and fish and chips. Grunions will open early for NCCA tourney games.

Torrance Tavern

This South Bay sports bar destination opens at 10 a.m., allowing college basketball fans plenty of time to order up nacho trays and breakfast burritos while watching the biggest tournament of the year. A weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. helps the cause for midday games.

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