There’s nothing quite like a Cinderella story to thrill even the least interested basketball fan. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. It seems like every March there’s a new team to check out, whose no-holds-barred play reaches new heights for a once unheard of program. This year’s Cinderella Story is Jersey City’s own St. Peter’s University, located at 2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
The St. Peter’s Peacocks men’s basketball team stunned basketball fans across the country with their game. Winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship earned them a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The first round saw the 15th-seeded Peacocks take on the No. 2 seed University of Kentucky. The Peacocks won 85-79 in overtime, eliminating the eight-time tournament champions. The Peacocks next faced No. 7 seed Murray State, winning 70-60. It was during the postgame media session after that game that Peacocks head coach Shaheen Holloway gave us that now-famous quote: “I’ve got guys from New Jersey and New York. You think we’re scared of anything?
The Peacocks will face the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday, March 25 at 7:09 p.m. The game will air on CBS and in many bars across Hoboken and Jersey City.
(Photo credit: @saintpetersuniversity)
Warning: This is a growing list that will be updated as we receive more information. If you know of another local business that will be playing the game, please email [email protected].
The house of beer | 1034 willow avenue
Basketball fans can bring their pups to this laid-back neighborhood bar. The game will be launched and promotions include $5 Kona Big Wave & Hanalei Island IPA, $5 High Noons and $6-$8 Personal Pitchers.
Black bear | 205 Washington Street
This quintessential Hoboken venue is the place to go for virtually every televised sporting event. It has over 50 TVs and a 25ft HD TV wall behind the bar. With daily specials on food and drink, it’s sure to be a festive atmosphere. Doors open at 11 a.m.
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House of ‘Que | 340 Sinatra Avenue
We already love House of ‘Que for its amazing BBQ and live music. For the St. Peter’s Day game, House of ‘Que will be offering $25 Bud Light buckets and $35 Big Wave Ale towers. Happy hour runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with additional drink specials. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Madd Hatter | 221 Washington Street
There are 40 TVs in this location, and we imagine they’ll all be tuned to the game. This popular local bar offers all-you-can-eat wings for $19.99, the same for tacos, and a variety of drink specials like $4 Bud Light drafts, $6 Irish car bombs and more for every March game. Madness this year. You can reserve a table in advance. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Squared Mickie | 616 Washington Street
Mickie Squared is known for being *the* spot for NFL games, so he should be a solid pick for the St. Peter game. In addition to dozens of TVs to watch the game on, Mikie’s specials will include $25 White Claw buckets, $20 High Noon buckets and $4 pints. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
Pilsener Haus & Biergarten | 1422 Grand Street
This spacious spot will have the game on its many TVs. Doors open at 4 p.m. Guests wearing St. Peter’s gear will receive their first Pilsener Haus draft beer for $5. The soft pretzels are big enough to share, but we won’t say if you’re ordering one just for yourself.
Schmitty’s | 359 1st street
Doors open at 4 p.m. for the match watch at Schmitty’s. The game will take place and the bar will offer ready-made shot specials, $5 white tea and $5 green tea shots. Fans wearing St. Peter’s gear will receive a 10% discount. Pets are welcome in the outdoor bar area, so even Fido can join in the fun.
The Cooked Cow | 400 Adams Street
DDoors will open at 5 p.m. at this neighborhood location. The St. Peter’s game will be shown on all 10 TVs and the bar is offering a special $20 buckets of bottles. Live music will follow the game.
texas-arizona | 76 river street
Just outside the PATH station, Texas Arizona will play the game on its televisions that line the spacious bar. Promotions are to be determined.
bad wolf | 120 Avenue Sinatra
The Wicked Wolf offers daily food and beverage specials throughout the tournament. Customers can watch the game on one of dozens of televisions. Happy hour runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and guests can reserve a spot, ensuring an unobstructed view of the TV.
City of Jersey
902 Brewing will re-release Hurley Hoops and Hops, a basketball-themed amber lager brewed in conjunction with Jersey City’s Coach Hurley, mid-month. At the brewery, patrons can sample $5 pints of Peacock, a special beer for the occasion. Live music will follow the game.
Cherry’s Lounge + Grill | 102 Martin Luther King Jr Driveway
Cherry’s Lounge offers a burger, fries and a beer for just $16 for all March Madness games. Stay up to date on instagram.
Deceased soles | 150 Bay Street
This downtown JC brewery created a special label for one of its signature beers in honor of the Peacock’s victory over the UK, calling it Busted Bracket. T-shirts with the same design are available for pre-order, and a portion of the proceeds from each will go to relief efforts in Ukraine. Several of the beers here are gluten-free, and the property is dog-friendly. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Friday for the game watch party.
Golden cicada | 195 Grand Street
This Downtown JC Spot Is Ready To Launch Tacos and cocktails to celebrate the peacocks. Anyone wearing St. Peter’s clothing gets their first free drink, and anyone wearing St. Peter’s makeup gets a free beer and a shot of tequila. And any St. Peter’s staff or student (over the age of majority) gets their first free drink and a free side of fries. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
Hudson Room | 364 Marin Blvd.
This spacious location will have the game on its many big-screen TVs. Happy hour will run from 3-6 p.m. Between the excellent pub menu and the draft beers, there’s plenty to choose from while watching the game.
The Hutton | 225 Hutton Street
At the Hutton, fans can watch the game indoors or outside on the heated patio. Doors open at 11am, so you can really get the best seat in the house by getting there early. We love the variety of cocktails here.
McGinley Square Pub | 755 Montgomery Street
Doors open at 6 p.m. for this neighborhood spot. The game will be on, with sound, using the bar’s 110-inch projector, with a DJ on deck for the afterparty. Half-price pitchers of beer and half-price buckets of “peacock juice” will be available for the first 30 people to show up to watch party in peacock attire. This pub offers $10 Bud Light Pitchers, $10 Mind Bombs and Erasers, $25 White Claw Buckets, and $50 Long Island Iced Tea Pitchers for each game.
Downtown O’Hara | 172 1st street
This classic pub is a solid choice for any big game watch. But for St. Peter’s, O’Hara’s serves as a satellite location for fans to celebrate together: the bar and its patrons have been featured on CBS’s cover of the team race. Doors open at 11am, allowing plenty of time to secure a seat before the game.
Publik House O’Leary | 788 Garfield Avenue
Owner Kevin O’Leary is a proud St. Peters alumnus and played on the men’s basketball team during his time there in the mid-1990s, so of course that’s just going to set all stoppages for the game. Watch party specials include $3 national treats and $7 appetizers.
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White Star Bar | 230 Brunswick St. + 179 Warren St.
White Star serves a specialty sandwich for March Madness called The Triple Burger. It has three pancakes. The game will be shown on TVs at both sites. Stay up to date on instagram.
Zeppelin Room | 88 Liberty View Drive
Everything about this brewery is huge, including the giant TVs that will show the game on March 25. Doors open at 4 p.m. There’s a special Burger Battle menu with over a dozen new burger types for a limited time.
There will also be an on-campus game watch in St. Peter’s according to this flyer: