Top Lake Tahoe Sports Bars for March Madness

By: Trent Unruh

You never know what Mother Nature will do next when it comes to March in South Lake Tahoe. Even though visitors and guests alike may be holding their collective breath for a “Miracle March” of snowfall, nothing is certain. One thing we do know is that March always brings us the best of the NCAA!

The 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. The 78th edition of the tournament is scheduled to begin on March 15, 2016, and will conclude with the championship game on April 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. | Credit Wikipedia
The 2022 Men’s NCAA Tournament starts with the First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, and continues through to the 2022 Final Four in New Orleans.

Our recommended spots are:

Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger

Lucky Beaver lake tahoe restaurant
Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger feature exceptional people, drinks & one-of-a-kind burgers. | Photo: Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger

Burgers, beer, and basketball — what more could one ask for? Grab a seat at the 42-foot long bar that is equipped with gaming machines and watch your favorite teams on several flat-screen TVs. If you’re feeling lucky, the Lucky Beaver has a sports betting kiosk so you’ll never lose a seat.

Pick 6 Sports Lounge

Pick 6 Sports Lounge Tahoe
Pick 6 Sports Lounge on Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe | Photo: Tahoe Daily Tribune

Pick 6 Sports Lounge is a two-story sports bar with a focus on good beer and classic food with a twist.  Get transported to a Giants game at AT&T Park with the SF Garlic Fries before diving into the Phelps Pot Stickers or Ricky Henderson Beef Sliders. Cap it off with a Palmer’s Pastrami Burger or the Jamie Anderson Healthy Heart Sandwich (grilled eggplant, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, and feta on whole wheat with lemon basil aioli).

Sidelines Sports Pub inside the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Sidelines Sports Pub inside the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Lake Tahoe
Sidelines Sports Pub inside the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe | Photo: Sidelines Sports Pub

At Sidelines Sports Pub, you can catch your favorite team while sipping on an ice-cold beverage and munching on some sports pub grub. No matter the season, we have the games you want to watch.

Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill Known as the “the Locals“ Sports Bar with 20 large HDTVs, a 72-inch HDTV, and more than $20,000 worth of sports memorabilia on the walls, this is a March Madness paradise. Joe’s has at least 25 beers to choose from, and a huge pizza & wing selection.

Sonney’s BBQ Shack Bar & Grill

Sonney's BBQ Shack Bar & Grill
Sonney’s BBQ Shack Bar & Grill on Emerald Bay Road South Lake Tahoe | Photo: Sonney’s BBQ Shack Bar & Grill

At Sonney’s BBQ Shack all their meats are cooked Low-n-Slow with Oak, Apple, and other hardwoods to give their meats what is the Best BBQ smoke flavor around. They start smoking the Brisket and Butts while everyone is sleeping, and they stay in the smoke for 12-14 hours. BBQ and Sports what more could you ask for?

Echo Restaurant
Echo Restaurant inside Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel – pick and roll to score slam-dunk deals on game-time drink specials and discounted appetizers. It’s all swish and no bricks during March Madness.

Audible’s Bar & Grill
Audible’s is “Changing The Play” on food, gaming, and beer in Lake Tahoe. Located on lower Kingsbury, Audible’s is sure to swat your hunger off the court with their creative dishes.

William Hill Sports Bar at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock is the place to catch all the best of the Big Dance. Their sports bar near the hotel lobby is close to the property’s sportsbook, promising to be a lively social spot featuring 80-inch LCD screens and an interactive video wall. Guests can choose from popular beers on draft and a selection of bottled beer and specialty cocktails.

Harrah’s Center Stage and Harveys Mountain Bar
Don’t miss out on the madness at Harrah’s Center Stage and Harveys Mountain Bar. Unlimited drink wristbands are available for individual days starting at $45 or Three Day Passes with a bonus 4th day (Thurs – Sun) for $135. See bartender for wristbands and details.

Wherever you watch the tournament, March is sure to be an exciting time to visit South Lake Tahoe. Check out our visual stories below for more ideas and inspiration and be sure to plan ahead for a ride if you plan on drinking!

Looking to win South Tahoe’s unofficial MVP award? You can step up your visit to the next level by being a Next Level Visitor. Heading out for a walk with the family between games? Cleaning up a few small pieces of plastic can go a long way towards protecting Lake Tahoe’s wildlife, clear water, and breathtaking views.

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