March Madness is just around the corner, and conference tournaments will be here even sooner.
Here are seven local sports bars to eat and drink at while watching the games.
1. Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill: 893 E. National Road, Vandalia
It’s hard to miss any action given the bar is literally surrounded by television screens, and there are 42 beers currently on tap, mostly craft beers. The menu is full of American bar fare, but be sure to try their much-heralded wings.
2. Tickets Pub & Eatery: 7 W. Main Street, Fairborn
You’ll find a menu full of Greek specialty items, a laid-back atmosphere, a fully stocked bar and lots of TVs. And, if you’re not into gyros and souvlaki, they’ve also got pub grub-like hand-breaded chicken wings, half-pound burgers, reuben sandwiches and more.
3. Caddy's Tap House: 2760 Towne Drive, Beavercreek
The menu has numerous food options, highlighted by 11 types of gourmet burgers, and an extensive lineup of draft beers, including 47 taps on a six-week rotation. This is more of an upscale pub.
4. Flanagan's Pub: 101 E Stewart St., Dayton
Flanagan’s is most famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but as a popular hangout spot for University of Dayton students, this neighborhood bar offers an infectious atmosphere during tourney time. It offers basic pub fare and various brews in a compact, Irish-themed space that provides plenty of flat screen TVs to watch the games.
5. Fox & Hound: 2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek
Catch all the action surrounded by television screens at every angle and a large selection of beers. The grub is good, too, with burgers, flatbreads, wings and other American fare on the menu.
6. Tanks Bar & Grill: 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton
Tanks is a long-time Dayton favorite, especially during big sporting events. They’ve got great food, including all-day breakfast, burgers and overstuffed deli sandwiches, served in an easygoing atmosphere with lots of TVs.
7. Mr. Boro’s Tavern: 495 N. Main Street, Springboro
Opened in 2016, Mr. Boro’s Tavern has quickly developed into a comfortable gathering place among locals and visitors from neighboring communities. From their rustic-style pizzas and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to a full selection of wine, fine beers and crafted cocktails, it’s a great place to catch the game in a modern atmosphere with TVs all over the place. Just be sure to take note that it’s 21 and older after 3 p.m.