If you want to whoop and hoop it up with college basketball fans, get out of your living room and into one of these South Bay sports bars for your NCAA March Madness viewing. All three bars will be primed for March Madness, so go where you’ll feel most comfortable. Choose from high end, grungy and fun, or family friendly.
Shark’s Cove, Manhattan Beach
309 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Fifty-five wall-to-wall plasma televisions -some of them in individual booths – make Shark’s Cove the perfect spot to catch every swoosh and double alley-oop dunk of the tournament. With flat-screens everywhere you turn throughout the bar, no matter which team you want to see, you’ll see them, tattoos and all. This is an upscale spot with a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu and good happy hour specials. A mixed-age crowd enjoys weekly happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Happy hour features $4 draft beers, house wines and well liquors. On Saturday and Sundays, breakfast is served until 1 p.m. along with $4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. The food is much better than you might expect for a sports bar. There is a second location on Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach. www.sharkscovebeachnet.
Baja Sharkeez, Manhattan Beach
3801 Highland Ave.
The tables are sticky and it’s a bit of a dive, but this is a fun place to watch March Madness since it attracts a young college and beach crowd. Speaking of basketball, Sharkeez happens to be the self-proclaimed “Los Angeles Lakers viewing headquarters.” It’s not far from where the Lakers practice at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, many players and coaches live in the area and I’ve spotted head coach Phil Jackson dining just across the street from Sharkeez. Burger and beer specials, tacos, two-for-one drink happy hour; this place has lots of food and drink deals. Go for fun and good game watching. Sharkeez has several locations throughout Southern California, including a second South Bay outpost in Hermosa Beach. www.sharkeez.net.
Stick N’ Stein, El Segundo
707 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Friendly, low-key and large, this is a fine place to grab a beer and catch a game. No hipster hang out, it’s all about watching sports and having a cold one. There are plenty of TVs, tables, booths, pool tables, and even arcade games if you bring the kids. At about $8, a schooner of beer cannot be beat. Not that you should go to a sports bar for a steak, but the full menu features everything from prime rib to burgers. The food is mostly hit and miss. After you’ve watched your basketball, stick around for a hockey game. This bar is popular with Los Angeles Kings’ fans. Open late, ’till 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and until midnight on Sunday.