10Best places to watch the game in New Orleans

New Orleans is a sports hub, hosting the Sugar Bowl annually as well as regular stops for the Final Four and Super Bowl. It's no secret that New Orleanians bleed black and gold. If you are ever tempted to drive the wrong way on a one way street, take your shot during a Saints game - there is never anybody on the road.  And it's not just the Saints that draw a crowd, the Pelicans, Hornets and LSU Tigers are all well supported. 

There are plenty of vibrant sports bars that draw locals as well as visitors, and these 10 are at the top of the list.  And you don't have to worry about bars discriminating against other teams - because this is a tourist city and there are pockets of transplants from all over, you'll find sports fans of all stripes.

Most of these spots serve food (Chuck's is the exception), from typical pub grub to very tasty local fare. Drinks are generally strong and pours hefty, a key ingredient to keeping the crowds cheering loudly and often. Most of these spots are close to the French Quarter, with a few uptown exceptions if you really want to rub elbows with the locals. Just get to the bar of your choice early if you want a seat.

Bruno's has been an institution in New Orleans since the days of Prohibition. This friendly pub caters to students and is a stellar choice for watching any sporting event. Great moments in local sports history, from Tulane's perfect season to...  Read More

French Quarter

Huck Finn's is a locally owned and operated sports bar and restaurant close to Canal Street on busy Decatur. With a menu filled with Creole dishes and exposed brick walls lined with flat screens, Huck Finn's is a solid destination for the...  Read More

Gordon Biersch is a large restaurant/sports bar on Poydras in the heart of the New Orleans CBD. Sit indoors or out, with TVs tuned to the game offering a hubbub of activity and a sporty soundtrack. Enjoy up close views of the brewery where the...  Read More

Although it looks like a ramshackle cottage on the outside, walk in and an oasis of food, brews and sports awaits. Inside you'll find a nice bar, a window to order food and then a door that leads to a multi-level patio that is one of the best...  Read More

Finn McCool's is a Mid-City sports bar that embodies fan culture. There are six screens for viewing, including a 50" HD plasma and an 8' projector screen showing primarily soccer and rugby matches. At the forefront of the sports bar scene since...  Read More

You can't miss The Bulldog, what with their giant beer tap fountain facing Magazine Street passersby. The Garden District watering hole is a favorite among beer enthusiasts, with more than 50 beers on tap and 100 different bottled selections....  Read More

Tracey's was the original bar in the Irish Channel, opened in 1949 with new fangled comforts like air conditioning - a rarity back in the day. Also the first in the 'hood with color TV, Tracey's drew local crowds from the start. Its current...  Read More

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
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Cooter Brown's is fanatically adored by sports fans in Uptown New Orleans and it has been for 40 years. Expect fans on the vocal and rowdy side, all in good fun. Stop number 43 on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, Cooter Brown's is loaded with...  Read More

It's no accident that Manning's at Harrah's is followed by the subtitle Eat Drink Cheer. This is one of the best sports bar/restaurants in New Orleans, a partnership between the casino and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning,...  Read More

Open damn near 24 hours. That's what's on the tired looking awning outside of Chuck's Sports Bar, a solid dive bar located on a quiet street less than a mile from the Superdome. Cheap, strong drinks, a mostly local clientele, including plenty...  Read More


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