Kentucky vs. Louisville, 5:09 p.m. Sat. 3/31
- BAR: Rudolph's Bar-B-Que
Watching this game with subpar fare would be worse than having your bracket busted by No. 15 seed Norfolk State in the first round (sorry, Mizzou pickers). Nestle into a bar-side booth for scrumptious $4-$6 apps and enjoy two-for-one taps, rails and house wines from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. With Owensboro, Ky., claiming to be the "barbecue capital of the world," Rudolph's seems an appropriate place to watch the Bluegrass State bout.
Kansas vs. Ohio State, 7:49 p.m. Sat.
Warning: Buckeye fans, find a different bar. St. Paul's certified Jayhawk saloon is sure to be filled with rock-chalking (what does that Kansas fight-song phrase mean, anyway?) fans. As on all Kansas game days, bartenders will sling 24-ounce Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beers (brewed in Kansas City) for $4.75, plus $4 blue and red KU shots.
Championship game: 8 p.m. Mon.
Boasting downtown's biggest TV screen, the Crooked Pint would seem a savvy choice regardless of deals. But the championship game also falls on a "Morgan Monday," when you can party with the Captain for $3 a drink, with a late happy hour kicking in at 9 p.m. Tight-wadded tipplers can switch to $3 Summit and Grain Belt taps, rails or house wines around halftime.