College Basketball and Green Beer: Need we say more?

March 13, 2018  |   Story by Kayla Putz  |   Photos by Ernest Sisson

It’s March. The weather is (kinda) breaking. The days are a little longer. And people are ready to abandon their cabin fever. Well, Detroit is ready for you this weekend.

Ball is Life

The NCAA Tournament is arguably one of the best parts of March. And here in Detroit, we’re joining in on the madness. Little Caesars Arena plays host to the first and second rounds of the tournament Friday, March 16 and Sunday, March 18.

The big party starts on Friday, March 16 at 12:40 p.m. with a matchup between Purdue and Cal State Fullerton. The madness continues throughout the day.

If you’re a Michigan State fan, you’re in luck. The Spartans take the court Friday, March 16 at 7:10 p.m. against Bucknell. Tickets are going for around $200 on Stubhub and other third-party sites.

If you’re not up for going to the game (or if you’re a Michigan fan, we get it) there are plenty of sports bars in the area to watch some hoops. Sports & Social is actually attached to LCA and has tons of TVs to catch the action. Create your own sports-bar-crawl by hitting Harry’s Detroit, Bookies Bar & Grille, Hockeytown Café and Cheli’s Chili Bar. Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar and Nemo’s are Detroit sports bar staples just a beyond the downtown limits.

Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar near Eastern Market

Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar by Michelle and Chris Gerard

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Detroit Style

If the tournament isn’t enough reason to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day certainly is. Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood originally settled by Irish immigrants, is the place to be on March 17th. McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar, Nancy Whiskey and Corktown Tavern will have the drinks flowing.

Greektown will also be poppin’ on St. Patty’s Day. The obvious Irish staple, The Old Shillelagh hosts a big bash complete with a heated tent and live entertainment, doors open at 7 a.m. Continue the party at Firebird Tavern where you can sip some more brews and grab a classic corned beef sandwich.

One of the oldest Detroit bars, Nancy Whiskey

The Best of Both Worlds

Sports & Social, attached to Little Caesars Arena, is hosting its own St. Patrick’s Day shin-dig starting at 8 a.m. There will be drink specials all day, live entertainment and basketball on the big screens.

So, Happy March Madness and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Go green (go white), or if that’s not your style, just go get some green beer.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Little Caesars Arena
    2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-7000 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Sports & Social Detroit
    Little Caesars Arena, 28 Henry St., Detroit, MI 48202313-782-4778 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Harry's Detroit
    2482 Clifford St., Detroit, MI 48202313-964-1575 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Bookies Bar & Grille
    2208 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-962-0319 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Hockeytown Cafe
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-965-9500 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Cheli's Chili Bar
    47 E. Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-1700 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar
    1408 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit, MI 48207313-263-4342 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Nemo's
    1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-965-9180 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
    1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48211313-961-1960 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Nancy Whiskey
    2644 Harrison St., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-4247 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Corktown Tavern
    1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5103 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Old Shillelagh Irish Pub
    349 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-0007 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Firebird Tavern
    419 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-782-4189 Highlight on map | More Details