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Local restaurants and bars host March Madness fun.

March Madness is here, and like many of us, you probably want to watch the games the right way—with other fans, good beverages and even better bar food. It begins on selection night March 13 and concludes on April 4 with the championship game. Head to these local restaurants for great food, fun company and—of course!— the big games.

If you want the classic sports bar viewing experience, head to Wild Bills, which has over 60 TVs to watch the games on, and where it’s usually packed with high energy. Wild Bills, 546 Commons Drive; 651.357.1050;

If you are looking for a calmer and more family-friendly atmosphere, 3rd Act Craft Brewery is the place to be. March Madness is a sign of spring approaching, and 3rd Act always looks forward to people getting together again after the wintertime. 3rd Act Craft Brewery, 4120 Radio Drive; 651.998.2337;

Green Mill in Woodbury is also a popular place during the tournament. The restaurant offers happy hour specials on appetizers and beer and is especially lively during the excitement of the basketball season. Green Mill, 6025 Hudson Road; 651.735.1000;