Your NYC March Madness Mini-Guide

by CHRISTOPHER CONFESSORE · March 19, 2009

[Photo from the NYTimes]

The NCAA Tournament has officially started-with 3 games down no less. But, we still have 13 games to go, today alone! Any bar that has a TV will be all about the NCAA over the next week, but we have a few suggestions on our favorite places to go watch the games.  Let us know in the comments places you like!

Brother Jimmy's BBQ's six locations are always popular with the ACC crowd - Midtown for UNC, The Baitshack is home to a lot of Dukies. Midtown, 416 8th Avenue; Bait Shack, 1644 Third Avenue

The Village Pourhouse downtown and uptown siblings draw an eclectic crowd, from Kansas, Pitt, and Duke. 64 Third Avenue; Upper West, 982 Amsterdam Avenue

Side Bar is hosting UCLA, OSU, FSU, Syracuse, Cornell, Binghamton, and Villanova 118 East 15th Street at Irving.

Proof Bar and Lounge is a magnet for Arizona, Louisville, and Washington State. 239 Third Ave.

And a new bar is opening, just in time for the Madness! Van Diemens is hosting a March Madness Kick-off Party tonight!  It's new, so no allegiances... which might be good. 383 3rd Avenue at 27th Street

Another list organized by school affiliation was put together by Urban Tailgate.

Technology has caught up to you loyal alumni - you can go to MapFaced, who plotted out "home" bars for much of the NCAA field here.

So be safe and don't cry in your beer too much as the Terps surprise everyone and take the title! Or lose to Cal in the first round.

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