Waikiki Beach Walk Has a Three-Point-Play for March Madness

March 15, 2024

What makes a great place to watch the annual sports spectacular known as March Madness? Beer? Heck, a lot of places have beer, but we’ll give you a half point for that answer, plus another guess.  Food? Another half point.
But if you answered great food, great beverages and big screens all in one sentence, bingo! That’s a three-point-play, and that’s why Waikiki Beach Walk is the best place to watch March Madness. 

Point One: Great Grinds

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Question: What do basketball and pizza have in common?
Answer: Outside of the fact that they  are both round, they both match up very well with beer. Which, to follow logic, makes pizza a great addition to any serious viewing of March Madness.
This is particularly true if you have Waikiki’s best pizza, which is exactly what Giovanni Pastrami has (and this is independently verified).
Giovanni Pastrami is a firm believer in truth in advertising, and takes great pride in living up to their name: Giovanni Pastrami New York Style Deli, Pizzeria and Sports Bar.
Which basically is another way to say: This is the perfect place to watch March Madness.
We’ll only add that as part of living up to its moniker of “sports bar,” GP provides more than 20 big screens in an intimate setting with a fabulous selection of over 20 beers on tap, many of them local brews. Plus you get to enjoy live music after the games.
But that simply couldn’t fit on the logo.

Point Two: Great Bevvies

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New to the game is The Blue Fish, Waikiki’s freshest new restaurant choice.  

The Blue Fish Japanese Restaurants serve the finest sushi, sashimi, and rolls with an emphasis on quality and freshness. The Blue Fish also offers an array of Asian-inspired hot dishes, salads, and artisan desserts.
Now, this is not what one usually pairs up with basketball, but this is exactly what can make the 2024 March Madness fresh and new and more exciting for you.
On the more traditional side, they have two massive big screens viewable throughout their bar, but are also stocked up with a fantastic Japanese beer selection and’s where we add fun new twist to March Madness imbibing... sake!
And here’s the best part: Blue Fish has fantastic lunch discounts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Waikiki’s best Happy Hour with $5 Japanese drafts, $1 sake and even more discounted food from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
And in case you don’t even want to leave your house, you can now order the Blue Fish menu online and enjoy a full court of freshness at home.
Now that’s what we call great coverage.

Point Three: Big Screens

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With well over 20 massive television screens in every nook, cranny and angle throughout “the House,” and even more (over 100) taps of draft beer, Yard House has to be considered the grandest sports bar in which to enjoy something as immense as March Madness, which starts out with 68 teams (with a factor of 100 times that of fans) competing simultaneously over a 3-week period. In other words, big meets its match.
Making it even more appropriate, Yard House has their traditional IPA Madness event going on during the tournament, where you can get a flight of four IPA to taste test for 10 bucks, and pick one for a full pint all for just $5 more.
For 2024, the contenders are:
  • Stone Delicious Hazy IPA
  • Sweetwater Half-a-Gummie Fruit Punch IPA
  • New Belgium Voodoo 1985 Mango IPA
  • House Hazy IPA
And don’t forget to pair them up with delectable Yard House appetizers and entrees that will have you cheering even if (when) your bracket is busted.

Extra Point: Complimentary PARKING IN WAIKIKI!

Waikiki Beach Walk turns March Madness into March Gladness with complimentary valet parking from 10 am to 3 pm with a $10 purchase and receipt from any Waikiki Beach Walk merchant or restaurant! (And please note that Waikiki Beach Walk strongly advocates the practice of having a Designated Driver.)

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All photos courtesy of Waikiki Beach Walk.