Watching sports at home can be fun, but for a real March Madness experience, you have to get out of the house.

Now that the NCAA men's basketball tournament schedule has been set, here are some venues to consider in the Madison area for fun social viewing.

By no means do we think we've covered all of the great area spots where one could watch basketball. In fact, we've probably missed your favorite.

Think of this more as March Madness in Madison 101 – an introduction to some of the area's sports bars worth checking out.

Nick Heynen was the online editor for the Wisconsin State Journal and managed the newspaper's social media accounts until 2018. A Maryland native transplanted to Wisconsin, he joined the paper in 2007 as data reporter.