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12 Transit-Friendly Bars to Visit during March Madness


It’s time to get your March Madness brackets completed and round up your friends for some game-watching fun. The first day of the Men’s NCAA basketball tournament tips off on Tuesday, March 14!

Who can resist the friendly chaos of family and office pools, fandom, watching underdog teams rise to the top and the non-stop action of dozens of college basketball games? For those of us not lucky enough to score a seat at the tournament, there’s always the option of gathering your friends and heading to your local sport’s bar for good food and a drink, while supporting your teams! Even better, why not gather at a bar or restaurant that’s locally owned and operated? 

Let us be your designated driver during March Madness. Purchase a 10-Ride Card and we’ll do the driving to and from your favorite sports bar. Here’s our list of locally-owned, transit-friendly sports bars worth visiting:

Grand Rapids

Peppino’s Sports Grille
130 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI, 49503

Route 1, 2, 3, 6, 13

710 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Route 6, 13, 15

East Grand Rapids

Big Bob’s Pizza
661 Croswell Ave., East Grand Rapids, MI, 49506
Route 6

Derby Station
2237 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Route 6


Monelli’s Italian Grill & Sports Bar
5675 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Route 16

Frankie V’s Pizzeria
1420 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Route 8, 16, 28


Chicago Drive Pub & Grill
4050 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville MI 49418
Route 8, 24, 28

Osgood Brewing
4051 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Rout 8, 24, 28


616 Sports Bar & Grill
4514 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Route 2, 44

Uccello’s Ristorante
2630 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Route 5, 6, 17, 24, 28, 44

OK, while technically not in Kentwood, it’s a local option very nearby.


Walker Roadhouse
3272 Remembrance Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Route 7

Lake Michigan Sports Bar
4072 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Route 7, 12 & 50


Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.