5 Places to Watch Basketball Madness in Myrtle Beach

Odds are favorable that you’ll want to catch as many NCAA Tournament games as you can. Even if you’re on vacation! In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to see all the action.


Got your bracket filled out yet?


Good! Next step: Check this list of joints on the Grand Strand where you can cheer on your team. Or at least your bracket.

Tips for Picking Your NCAA Bracket

It’s for bragging rights, right? Here’s how to get a leg up in the office pool.

  1. Pick a power conference underachiever. An ACC, Big 10, Big East, or Pac-10 team seeded 9th or lower usually makes the round of 16.

  2. Don’t pick a No. 16 to beat a No. 1. Maryland Baltimore County beating Virginia is once in a lifetime. Sixteens are 1-143 vs. No. 1s since 1985.

  3. Don’t pick all No. 1s for the final four. Often, only one is lucky to make it. All four have won their regionals in the same season once, in 2008.

Great Places to Catch the Basketball Tournament

Handley’s Pub & Grub

You’ll usually find an engaged crowd at this family-owned sports bar, with tons of beer on the menu. You’ll find good food (the wings are awesome!) and friendly staff. Come back during pro football season for all the big games then, too.


3873 Renee Drive | (843) 903-4904


… that the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillions? That’s worse odds than winning the lottery, getting struck by lightning, and seeing a boa constrictor crawl up through your toilet — on the same day.

chicken wings and celery

Carolina Ale House

Hit this laid-back sports bar for the best pub grub and lots of cold beer. The fried chicken salad is tremendous, and the service is quick and professional. Coming with your own starting five? Get sharables such as Pepperoni Flatbread and Beer Battered Cheese Curds.




… Duke star Christian Laettner in the tournament’s all-time leading scorer? He finished his career with 407 points in 23 games — also the most by a player.

Bar Louie

Head to this Broadway at the Beach hot spot for American fare, martinis, and microbrews. Everything’s good at Bar Louie, including the atmosphere, bartenders, and potstickers! Bar Louie has lots of screens and a stout entertainment schedule throughout the week, too.




… Villanova, an 8th seed, was the lowest to win the tournament, in 1985? The Wildcats beat Georgetown in the final.


Carolina Tavern

You get yummy food — and plenty of it — at Carolina Tavern, a wing joint out in Murrells Inlet. The Garlic Parmesan Fries will distract you from the game, guaranteed. They have hand-pattied burgers and incredible ribs, too.




… the NCAA banned the slam dunk from 1967 to 1976? It cited injury concerns and said it wasn’t a skillful shot. Some felt it was because UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s dunk was unstoppable.

The Barrel Sports Bar & Grill

There are TVs all around, as well as horseshoes and billiards for between games and halftime. This place has a good family feel that’ll make you want to come back for every Myrtle Beach trip. Grab some nachos, a Hard Raspberry Palmer, and a mess of Jumbo Bone-in Wings.


Grande Cayman Oceanfront 3 Bedroom Condo Living Room

For a Nice Clean Room, Book at Grand Cayman Resort

You can bet the view will be nicer to look at than your bracket, too. You’ll get service with a smile at check-in, and enjoy easy beach access between basketball games. Check dates, choose a room type, and book your tournament stay, today.


Grande Cayman Oceanfront 3 Bedroom View
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