Cheer on your favorite teams at some of Houston’s hottest sports hubs.
It’s officially March Madness season, and these are the slam dunks to watch the games.
At State Fare Kitchen & Bar, the taste of the plates matches the excitement of the games. This Houston gem offers a plethora of happy hour specials, including hot chicken and waffles, smoked ribs and barbecue brisket firecrackers. For an even greater buzz than a buzzer beater shot, a frozen margarita and an Old-Fashioned, wine and draft beer are all inviting options. These dishes and drinks can best be enjoyed at the restaurant’s sleek, modern setting, both inside or outside. 947 Gessner Road, Ste. B-190, statefaretx.com
With a private room accommodating up to 34 guests, a dining room and scenic patio, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen of Liberty Kitchen. The restaurant’s expansive menu offers a myriad meats ranging from seafood to hamburgers, and drinks including seasonal sangria and LKRO Smoked Old-Fashioned. This spot’s welcoming and cozy ambiance makes for the perfect place to cheer on your favorite team in the tournament. 4224 San Felipe St., libertykitchenoysterette.com
Award-winning burgers, $3 happy hour pints and bar walls filled with TVs: Christian’s Tailgate is basketball redefined. Decorated with college flags and jerseys, this spot will bring each of its guests back to their college days. Its stellar menu includes an array of classic bar food dishes, whether it be the mozzarella sticks, heart attack fries or nachos. Desserts like fried Oreos and ice cream are the shots that you will not want to miss. Post Midtown Square, 302 Gray St., christianstailgate.com
Whether uniting with friends from your alma mater or bonding over the love of the sport, Biggio’s can host your next watching party, with rooms for parties ranging from 12 to 220. Teams of 12 can reserve their own VIP booth with the benefit of a full top bar, menu and two private TVs. For those with a bigger fan club, the second floor, also known as Left Field, allows guests to watch the game from 30 different screens. The menu has a plate for everyone, including street tacos, flatbreads and salad. Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker St., biggioshouston.com
Sit back on a high-top, patio seat or couch, relax and enjoy Kirby Ice House, the ballroom of Houston sports bars. This spot plays like a champion, with a 30,000-square-foot, fairy-lit backyard. With a rotating calendar of food trucks, Kirby guarantees that its visitors can indulge differently during every game. All sporting events are broadcast on high-definition TVs, both inside and out. With 51 beers on tap in addition to high-end bourbons and whiskeys, Kirby Ice House is something Houstonians will not want to pass. 3333 Eastside St., kirbyicehouse.com
For a high-energy bar and patio game-watching experience, Blue Bar at Brenner’s is No. 1 on the court and No. 1 in our hearts. Its happy hour offers clever and creative cocktails including Daiq-ila with Casamigos reposado tequila, pineapple juice, agave nectar and fresh lime juice. For those with friends and family, the sharing menu includes homemade pretzels, lobster and shrimp rolls and miso tenderloin skewers. The beautiful backdrop of Houston and the restaurant’s outdoor bar will make for a picture-perfect Instagram shot. 1 Birdsall St., brennerssteakhouse.com
Photography by: PHOTO BY ISTOCK