Round-up: Seven spots to manage your March Madness

Nicholas Dekker
Arch City Tavern

With March Madness about to tip off, basketball fans are preparing to hole up anywhere with food, drink and multiple screens to catch each and every game. Columbus offers plenty of spots for March Madness viewing; visit these seven for games and good bites.

City Tavern, Italian Village

March Madness offers you a chance to visit the brand-new City Tavern in the old Wonder Bread building. The menu focuses on hearty comfort fare like double-bacon cheeseburger fries, Hungarian stuffed peppers and big burgers, all supplemented by cocktails, beer and wine. Get bored with the game? Enjoy City Tavern's view of Downtown.

Pigskin Brewing, Gahanna

Pigskin's athletic theme is a perfect backdrop for college basketball viewing. Relax in the Creekside Gahanna brewpub and sip on sports-themed beers like the Legendary amber ale or the Undefeated IPA. Pair those with pub snacks like the Cheeseburger Paradise flatbread or the Kickoff sausage sandwich.

Marshall's, Grandview

Marshall's is a mainstay in the Grandview bar scene and a March Madness haven to many. Pub grub covers all the basics: wings, pizzas, burgers and barbecue. Add in 50 beers on tap, regular happy-hour specials and all-day breakfast, and you're good to go.

Land-Grant Brewing, Franklinton

Much like Pigskin Brewing, Land-Grant establishes the university sports theme with its pennant-lined taproom. Sip on pints of the brewery's four flagship beers or a multitude of seasonal and special releases. This spot has you covered for eats, too, with a rotating cast of some of the city's best food trucks parked outside.

Arch City Tavern, Short North

This cozy Short North tavern offers plenty of craft beer and cocktails to enjoy while you cheer on your bracket picks. Split some lamb sliders or a fig and arugula pizza, or order up the Arch City Burger. Sip on the bar's signature cocktail, the 862 Old-Fashioned No. 2, with bourbon, cherry tonic and black walnut bitters.

Winking Lizard Tavern, multiple locations

Winking Lizard has three locations that could serve as your March Madness headquarters. The chain offers a huge variety of draft and bottled beers, plus beer cocktails and a big menu of pub fare. Challenge yourself by working your way through hotter and hotter varieties of wings.

Gallo's Tap Room, Northwest Side

Gallo's walls are lined with TVs, meaning you won't miss a moment of March Madness there. Add fun decorations like the giant antler chandelier and a menu that mixes Cajun and Creole classics like po'boys and chicken etouffee with pizza and burgers, and you're all set.