The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808—yet people still try every year. Restaurants around the Valley are celebrating March Madness with a variety of promotions and deals. If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, it isn’t too late to get in the spirit.

Uptown Alley

Get your March Madness fill at Uptown Alley in Surprise. The 60,000-square-foot entertainment venue has a 20-foot projection screen and multiple HDTVs throughout the venue to catch your favorite games. There will be giveaways, happy hour menu and $2 off craft beer during all basketball tournament games. Uptown Alley features bowling, an arcade, two-level laser tag, a full-service restaurant serving Americana classics, an ultra-lounge and more. Located at 13525 N. Litchfield Rd. in Surprise.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill has two locations and is the place to be during March Madness. Choose from its Tempe Marketplace location or new restaurant at Scottsdale Fashion Square. If game time happens during happy hour, get a seat at the bar and choose from $4 featured pints, house margaritas, well drinks and featured wine. There’s even a $3.95-$5.95 food menu. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Located at 7014 E. Camelback Rd., #1423, in Scottsdale or 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041 in Tempe.

Tilted Kilt

Tempe-based Tilted Kilt has created a unique online system for March Madness brackets called the March Hoops Bracket Challenge on its website.

You must be at least 21 years old to play. Registration is free and people win prizes throughout the NCAA tournament. Like a traditional bracket game, people will be able to pick the winners of each round and the points they score during the round accumulate. Unlike a traditional bracket, guests will have the opportunity to pick the winners round by round. This will help keep guests engaged throughout the entire tournament even if they make a few bad picks. Guests will also have the chance to earn prizes throughout the tournament to also stay engaged. Prizing levels are as follows:

·        1 point – 1 Complimentary order of Garlic Fries

·        50 points – 1 Complimentary order of Pub Pretzels

·        90 points – 1 Complimentary Five Cheese Flatbread Pizza

·        130 points – Grand Prize Pool & 1 Complimentary order of Boneless Wings & Grand Prize Pool entry

·        One lucky winner out of the pool who has scored 130+ points will win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for themselves and one guest. All prizes are awarded by Tilted Kilt.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

There can only be one winner in this cupcake showdown which pits S’more against Salty Caramel. The flavor which sells the most will be added to their weekly flavor schedule so be sure to stop by and help decide which should be crowned the winner. The only question is… are you #teamsmore or #teamsalty? Valley residents can pick up their cupcakes from now until March 31st at the Scottsdale location Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd. on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge

When it’s game time during March Madness, Kelly’s at SouthBridge is a place to watch your favorite teams on surrounding TVs as you sit at the bar and enjoy your favorite craft cocktail or beer. Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Kelly’s is located at 7117 E. Sixth Ave. in Scottsdale.


The road to the Final Four goes right through the Naberhood! Submit your bracket for cool prizes at Nabers restaurant in Chandler. A perfect bracket gets you a free weekly dinner for a year (limit of one bracket submission). During game time there will be food and drink specials like $5 Balls, Balls, Balls appetizers and $5 Deep Eddy Vodka. Watch your favorite team on one of Nabers’ 14 HD screens or their huge 9-foot screen. Nabers Music Bar & Eats, 825 N. 54th St. in Chandler.