Shanghai March Madness: Basketball, beer and great bars

Shanghai March Madness: Basketball, beer and great bars

The three best spots to grab some wings, drink some beer and watch the final days of the college hoop season
Shanghai march madness
Follow the March Madness action from China at these three Shanghai sports bars. If you bracket doesn't work out, there are plenty of wings and pints to soothe your pain. Photo by Flickr user GoonSquadSarah

March Madness is upon us, that time when we pull out our pencils to fill in the gaps on our NCAA Basketball Tournament progress sheets and, of course, head to our favorite Shanghai sports bar to watch some of the season’s best U.S. college hoops. Some 65 teams will be competing for bragging rights as the best college basketball team in the United States, and these last three tournament rounds will not disappoint those who crave some madness in March (with a bit of spill over into April).

While we won’t be that close to the action sitting in Shanghai, have no fear for we have searched far and wide to find the three best places to watch the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and the National Championship games of this year’s March Madness (the mornings of March 28 and 29, April 4, and April 6 respectively).

Shanghai March MadnessShanghai March Madness, Elite Eight: The Camel Sports Bar

Almost as iconic as Joe Camel, March Madness is the college basketball event to watch, so why not blend the two? Head over to the new sports bar on the Shanghai block, Camel Sports Bar, for the Elite Eight, as they will be showing games live as part of their NCAA Tournament promotion. 

Open-air seating, a massive number of TVs,  great pub food and pints starting at RMB 25 are just a few reasons why we’ll be here for the regional finals match-ups.
1 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu 岳阳路1号, 近东平路 +86 21 6437 9446,



Shanghai March MadnessShanghai March Madness, Final Four: Big Bamboo

Big Bamboo is featuring some of the best hook ups in town for the tournament. For big games, they’ll open their doors early so people can come and watch live (call ahead, though, to make sure the game you want is considered 'big').

If you can’t get out of bed early enough, or you actually have to go to your day job, call and tell them what game you want to watch and they’ll be sure to record it for you.

Our advice is to have your games taped, then come in after four on Sundays to take advantage of their wings specials. Get up to 16 wings and two Sol beers for RMB 150. Drafts start at RMB 40, and their lunch sets can be ordered as early as 10am.
132 Nanyang Lu, near Tongren Lu 南阳路132号, 近铜仁路 +86 21 6256 2265,

Shanghai March MadnessShanghai March Madness, National Championship: Bubba's Texas-style Bar-B-Que and Saloon

This is where we’ll be parked for the National Championship game that airs live on the morning of April 6. For tournament days, Bubba’s will be open from midnight to noon featuring some great specials. With happy hour running into the wee hours of the morning, you may need to book a room at the Marriot Hongqiao next door in case you’re too inebriated to make it home. We'll admit Bubba's is a bit away from downtown, but the game will be worth it.

Pints will start at RMB 20. Smokehouse platters (this is a 'cue joint after all) start at RMB 80. But the real reason we’ll be here for the tournament is because of their smoked chicken drummies (RMB 45) -- these are serious wings. Smoked to perfection, they are fall-off-the-bone good.
2262 Hongqiao Lu, near Jianhe Lu 虹桥路2262号, 近剑河路 +86 21 6242 2612,