New York City is a town with six professional sports teams and the Mets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get down with college games. March Madness can be still be experienced in nearly every bar around town, but former alumni will want to cheer on their respective team together. Who else would understand the rivalry or the cheers?! Here's a list of the best alumni bars to catch your team's game as they attempt to win the NCAA Championship. Best of luck with this year's brackets.
It's more than fitting that Maryland Terrapins fans can be found at Turtle Bay. With drinks under $5 during games, "Go Terps!" chants might get a little slurry by the end of games.
Phebe's is the New York HQ for anything Cincinnati, including Bearcats basketball. No word yet on whether Boobie the Bengals Gnome will be making guest appearances in support of Cincy.
This small divey sports bar with an impeccable beer list is the gathering place for fans of a few sports teams including Syracuse and UNC's Tarheels. And with it being Gonzaga's year, expect Zag fans to take it over with fake moustaches.
This Boston-centric bar is known for ginormous plates of nachos, and being the meeting place for fans of Syracuse's Orangemen and Michigan's Wolverines. Let's hope Otto's Army doesn't have to face Maize Rage.
Village Pourhouse is New York City's veritable catch-all for college teams. Big-screen TVs line the walls in multiple rooms, over 100 beers on tap, and a guarantee that every game will be broadcast.
The Australian is famous for being one of ESPN's best alumni bars and is currently home to fans from West Coast and the Midwest: Cal's Bears and Kansas State's Wildcats. No word on whether Oski will be showing up wearing royal purple.
f you're one of Florida's Rowdy Reptiles or Georgetown's Hoyas, you'll find a March Madness home at SideBar. They have one of the best (and longest) happy hours in the Union Square area, so be ready for a lot of 2-for-1s on weeknights and buckets on weekends.
There's no place like Lawrence, but Cornerstone makes a good New York replacement for Kansas fans. From the "Beware of the Phog" signs to Jayhawk stickers, it's the perfect place to scream out "Rock Chalk."
With an IU alumnus owner, it was inevitable that Traffic Bar became part of Indiana's Hoosier Nation. Early comers are able to reserve special Sink the Biz buckets. Late comers have to be satisfied with $4 special Hoosier shots.