Best Bars To Watch College Basketball In Houston

March 14, 2013 7:00 AM

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Although more NCAA Tournament games are being broadcasted now than in prior years, the best way to view all the college basketball tournament mayhem is still hitting up the sports bar. There’s no shortage of establishments in Houston that will show all the NCAA tournament games side-by-side on large, high-definition TVs. Since not all sports bars are created equal, here’s a handful of the best place to gather with your friends to watch the games.

Lucky’s Pub-Downtown Houston
801 Saint Emanuel St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 522-2010

If your basis for judging sports bars is beer selection and TV length, Lucky’s Pub will be difficult to beat. The downtown Houston bar already has a great sports atmosphere, with its location a few blocks from the homes of the Houston Dynamo, Astros and Rockets. Lucky’s has more than 250 beers on the menu and  more than 50 TVs on the premises. The biggest tournament games deserve a big viewing platform and Lucky’s has that covered with a 21-foot HD screen.

Houston Texans Grille
12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 208
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-2002

Local residents frequenting the Houston Texans Grille may find a little more cheering and jeering than most sports bars in Houston. That’s because customers have an extra incentive when certain college hoops teams win. The football-sounding establishment is a great place to watch basketball because of 65 HD TVs, top-notch food and drinks and the annual bracket challenge. Every March the Texans Grille gives out thousands of dollars in prizes to its customers.

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Coaches Pub Midtown
2204 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 751-1970

One of the best aspects of the tournament is connecting with other fans of your team. For University of Kansas alumni and supporters, the gathering spot is Coaches Pub Midtown. This establishment is a good place to watch a game anytime, with 40 HD TVs, free wifi, wallet-pleasing drink specials and crawfish during the spring. Come Jayhawks game day, the place is a sea of Rock Chalk fanatics. Last NCAA tournament, fans of some of KU’s opponents came to the bar, making it a competitive and festive atmosphere.

SRO Sports Bar & Cafe
444 Northwest Mall
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 683-5025

The concept of a sports bar in a mall may seem odd at first. But next time your NCAA tournament watching is interrupted by a family member wanting to go shopping, remember SRO Sports Bar. While your family is shopping in the Northwest Mall, you can be enjoying the games on more than 100 TVs. The other enticing aspect about SRO — which stands for Standing Room Only — is the bar is home to 16 different alumni groups. If, for instance, Wisconsin is playing Florida, alumni from both schools will probably be hooting and hollering. A list of alumni groups is the SRO website.

Little Woodrow’s
5611 Morningside Drive
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-2337

Since the tournament is about college basketball, some fans may want more of a college feel to their game-watching experience. There’s several bars in Rice Village, a few blocks from Rice University. For basketball viewing, Little Woodrow’s may score the most points. They have more than 30 beers on tap, special drinks and large plasma TVs. This place is also known for its nice patio and friendly bartenders.

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Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on

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