Ballard Loft with basketball hoops on the walls
Ballard Loft is always decked out for basketball (and the 12th man). Image via Ballard Loft's Facebook

The madness has returned to March this year with 68 teams vying for national basketball supremacy. Here are some of the Emerald City's best spots to take it all in.

The House Sports Pub
The reliable neighborhood pub at Greenwood Avenue and 87th has 18 beers on tap, all of which are $3.50 during the tournament. You can also sample a habanero margarita for $5. TV count: 9 

Fuel Sports, Eats and Beats
A few blocks north of CenturyLink Field, Fuel offers a chance to compete in a basketball tournament while watching the big dance with prizes including four tickets to a Mariners game for first place, two Sounders tickets for second and chances to win free appetizers every day. Minimal athleticism required. TV count: 10 

Ballard Loft
The Ballard Ave sports bar with an excellent patio features a full breakfast menu from the opening tip at 9 am, $4.50 tallboys all tourney long and $4 Red Hooks during Gonzaga games. TV count: 16 

Wing Central
The reason this place is always packed? Probably the 51 different bomb shots (that would be this concoction) and over 100 beers to choose from. The crowd: fratty. The wings: decent. TV count: 19

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