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Best Santa Monica sports pub grub on-the-go

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NCAA March Madness is here once again.

Whether one is cheering on the Orangemen, Wildcats or this year’s Cinderella team, Santa Monica offers a number of great pubs to catch all of the NCAA basketball tournament game action - while enjoying healthy menu options and a cold beverage. Explore some top spots below (and these for a little Irish flair).

Channel your school spirit and eat well on-the-go!

Busby’s West
Sports fans love the plethora of television screens at this busy mid-city bar. Explore the labyrinth of rooms to settle in and enjoy some basketball (or just about any other sport) alongside a large menu of food and drinks.

Try appetizers like hummus with roasted vegetables, and sides such as steamed brown rice. The house-made garden burger, rotisserie chicken sandwich, and lemon salmon are just some of the many main items. For early games, choose breakfast selections like stuffed crepes with seasonal vegetables, or fresh seasonal fruit.

Takeout is available.

3110 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-828-4567,

West 4th and Jane
Enjoy the New York-meets-Santa Monica vibe at this downtown hangout, which serves many local craft beers and a seasonal menu with pairing suggestions. Check out the daily happy hour, too.

Choose spring menu favorites like a warm asparagus salad. Other options include a California grass-fed beef burger, and vegetarian empanadas. The bar gets its cheese from Andrew’s Cheese Shop and seafood from Santa Monica Seafood.

Takeout is available.

1432 4th St. #A, 310-395-6765,

Library Alehouse
An extensive line of beer, ale and wine awaits customers here at this longstanding Main Street destination.

Menu items include a Main Street salad with grilled seasonal vegetables, and mango goat cheese quesadilla. Or, try the pulled pork sandwich with alehouse sauce and fennel apple slaw.

Library Alehouse is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. Takeout is available. Order online here.

2911 Main St., 310-314-4855,

Rick’s Tavern
Stop in and visit this popular bar on Main Street to grab a drink, watch a game, and enjoy a menu featuring local and seasonal specialties.

Choices include a kale salad, veggie wrap with grilled seasonal farmers’ market vegetables, and Santa Monica burger with wilted greens and provolone.

Takeout is available.

2907 Main St., 310-392-2772, find them here.