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  • BottleMixx 8111 Creedmoor Road Raleigh (map)

Tournament time is almost here! Whether your team made it to the big dance or not, we guarantee you’ll have fun playing in our bracket challenge and watching some games here at BottleMixx!

Rather than give away one prize to the overall winner, we will be awarding gift cards for each round of the tournament! Just like the points awarded per round, the gift card values will increase with each round as well. The overall champion will be awarded a BottleMixx gift basket that we’re going to load up with all kinds of goodies and swag!

The challenge is free to enter, limit one bracket per guest. Must be 21 to play. 

The teams will be announced on Sunday 3/17 at 6:00pm on CBS. We are excluding the “First Four” play in games on 3/19 and 3/20 (unless you want to roll the dice on a 16 seed to cut down the net… you want to win. Don’t you?) 

The tournament tips off at noon on Thursday 3/21. The official BottleMixx bracket MUST be picked up BottleMixx. Sit down and have a pint or a glass of wine and fill it out. Can’t hang out for long? No worries! Take the bracket home with you and fill it out. Be sure to return it to us at BottleMixx by Wednesday night though! Brackets will NOT be accepted after the close of business, 8:00pm Wednesday 3/20.

We will have brackets at BottleMixx on display that we will update throughout the tournament with the advancing teams and the prize winners of each round. Since this is a community event, we ask that those participating in the bracket challenge please come to BottleMixx to review your score and claim your prize. As fond as we are of you, we can’t field phone calls all day to update you on your current standing! We will contact the winner(s) of each round to let you know you have a prize waiting for you.

Want to score along at home? It’s easy!

We’re using a “non-traditional” points system to dial back the chance of multiple ties after the Second Round. Correct guesses in the first round are worth 1 point each, the second round is 3 points, the regional rounds are 6 and 10 points, the Final Four is 15 points, and 20 points for each team that makes it to the Championship game. 25 points will be awarded to those who pick the National Champion. We will be using this exact formula for our “Master” bracket here at BottleMixx. We will provide 2 brackets for you when you enter the challenge; one for our records, and the other for you to keep and score at home. Don’t worry. There will be no shenanigans with the scoring. If Jameson were allowed to participate he’d be walking away with these prizes anyway. 

If we have multiple ties at the end of the First and Second Rounds we will award up to FIVE $5 gift cards. If there are more than five players tied, we’re just going to keep it simple and draw names from a hat to determine the five winners of those two rounds.

When you fill out your bracket please be sure to include your name, phone number, and email address. Also, for the championship game, you will need to include a score for each team and total of these scores. This will serve as a tie breaker if need be. Whoever’s point total is closest to the actual score of the game (without going over it) will be declared the winner. 


Gift cards will be available for pick up the day AFTER each round ends. The $5 and $10 gift cards have sales tax included if you would rather use it for our draft beer!

Saturday 3/23 – First round $5.41 gift card (That covers a $5 draft + tax!)

Monday 3/25 – Second Round $5.41 gift card

Saturday 3/30 – Regional Semifinals $10.83 gift card (That covers 2 $5 drafts + tax!)

Monday 4/1 – Regional Finals $10.83 gift card

Sunday 4/7 – Final Four $25 gift card

Tuesday 4/9 – Champions gift basket


Good luck! And cheers!

Earlier Event: March 9