March Madness provides opportunity to celebrate in Lawrence, Kansas.

March Madness is upon us and brings great memories of growing up in a college town. Go Jayhawks! Each year the restaurants and bars are filled with fans rooting the Jayhawks to victory as they move through the tournament. Some years are successful, others bring disappointment.

No matter what the result, March Madness provides a reason to gather with friends, drink good beer and indulge on foods that one would avoid on a normal day. Some of my favorite Lawrence hangouts include Free State Brewery, Henry T's Bar & Grill and Red Lion Tavern.

Free State Brewery has a savory menu and some of the best handcrafted beer in the state. Henry T's Bar & Grill boasts the best buffalo wings in town and Red Lion Tavern reflects the old-world pub complete with Guinness and Killian's Red.

It's not too late to plan a road trip to Lawrence as the Jayhawks fight their way to the Final Four this year. You'll discover passionate people enjoying wholesome fun, flavorful foods and delicious brew!