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 also 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 loud 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 brick walls lined with flat screen televisions, Huck Finn's is a solid destination for the...  Read More

Gordon Biersch is a large restaurant/sports bar on Poydras Street 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...  Read More

It may not look like much from the outside, situated in a typical ramshackle shotgun house, But inside, there's a nice bar, a window to order food and then – wait for it – a door to a multi-level patio that is one of the best places to watch...  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...  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 having opened in 1949. Its current location is on...  Read More

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

Cooter Brown's is without a doubt the place to go for sports in Uptown New Orleans, and could be the number one spot for those who like to get a little rowdy when watching their team play. Stop number 43 on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar,...  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...  Read More

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


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