We look forward to safely welcoming you back to Bloomington.

Read More

Head Backstage to be in the know. 

We want to take you behind the scenes, to give you insider information you won't find anywhere else. This is where we pull Bloomington's hip happenings together with recommendations from our team, first-hand accounts from project producers, and guest blogs by local gurus.  The Backstage Blog helps you stay in front of it all.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Bloomington's Best Places to Watch IU Games

Categories: Indiana University, Wine & Culinary

Experiencing IU basketball in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is one of the most exciting and intense college sporting events in the country. The passion exuded from the players, coaches, and other fans is goosebump-inducing. But tickets are hard to come by, and when the team is playing on the road, say in the NCAA tournament, the next best thing is to watch the action as it unfolds at one of these fan-favorite Bloomington venues with a few dozen other basketball enthusiasts.

Nick's English Hut
Photo credit: Nick's English Hut


Nothing goes better with basketball than wings, and BuffaLouie's has the best in town. They also have televisions every few feet, and an enormous amount of incredible Hoosier basketball memorabilia hanging on every wall. Families will enjoy the kid-friendly atmosphere, perfect for those lil' Hoosiers who want to get in on the action. 

Kilroy's on Kirkwood

Kilroy's is a famed favorite location for students, but don't let that deter you from watching a game at this iconic bar. With so many spirited fans in one place, the excitement becomes infectious and the comradery creates an atmosphere that's almost like being at the game in-person. 

Insider Tip: While you're cheering on the Hoosiers, enjoy KOK's famous cheesy breadsticks. 

Nick's English Hut

Nick's English Hut is an IU tradition in and of itself, but on game nights, it's a holy place. The Hoosier Room, located upstairs, has tons of space and even more televisions, so grab a stromboli and some Sink the Biz fries, and start cheering.

The Tap

The Tap may not have the long-standing history of Nick's English Hut, but it's put itself on the map as a local favorite. It's spacious, serves only craft brews (like a million of them), and has plenty of televisions — including some in the restrooms. We take committed sports fans to the next level in B-Town. 

Insider Tip: Arrive early on game days, as The Tap is a popular place for tuning into games and it's a seat yourself-style restaurant.

The Upstairs Pub

The Upstairs is the perfect venue for those wanting an elevated experience while tuning in to the game—pun absolutely intended. Play a game of pool or darts while you watch, or kick back and relax at the bar made from the old Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall court. Either experience will guarantee a great time while you cheer on our beloved Hoosiers. 


Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to four cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with a great book, or planning her next trip to a destination near or far.