The only thing better than watching college basketball, is watching it at a bar with dozens of your closest friends. Well, maybe they're more like a group of people that share a common love for basketball, bars and barley—the three B's that are crucial to any college hoops season. So why not class up your drink order with something that doesn't have the name Miller or Bud in it? Here are three cool spots where you can watch the game, and get your craft beer fix, this March Madness season. Drink up!
Beer Belly:The name may sound kind of funny, but when it comes to craft beer the good folks over at Beer Belly take their job very seriously. With several specialty beers to choose from, most of which come from local brewers, it's the perfect little spot to sample some fine brew and watch the game with friends. And for an extra bonus, try their tasty duck fat fries. They're only $4 and come with a raspberry dipping sauce that is absolutely amazing! Besides, ketchup on fries is so last century.
532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown; 213-387-2337
Spring Street Bar:It almost hurts to give this hidden Downtown gem away, but what the hey! Spring Street Bar is kind of like your old neighborhood spot, where you can sit back with friends, share a few laughs, and knock back a few cans of Coors. It's just that it's a lot better (and cleaner). With 26 microbrews to choose from, including great products from Fox Barrel, Dogfish Head, and Lost Coast, you'll never think about cracking open a can of store-bought suds again.
626-B S. Spring St., Downtown; 213-622-5859
Yard House:With Staples Center, ESPN Zone, and a soon to be built football stadium (let's hope!), L.A. Live is without a doubt the center of the sports world in Los Angeles. So if being close to all the action is what you're after, then Yard House is the place for you. Like beer? Yard House has over 200 imports, craft brews, and specialty ales and lagers, on tap and ready to drink! And with plenty of flat screen TVs tuned to ESPN, there's no reason for you to miss any of the game. So turn the iPhone off. Because we all know how addictive Draw Something game can be.
800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Live; 213-745-9273