Get Your Game Face on at a New Orleans Watering Hole

Even in a city not known for its restraint, the party gets turned up to 11 on the days the beloved New Orleans Saints are on the field.  A draw for many fans who drive in from nearby states, home games also attract fans of the opposing team who drive and fly in to cheer on their home team. Because parking is at a premium, out of town fans tend to stay as close to the Dome as possible and walk to and from the games. These same fans that fill the arena on home game days generate tens of thousands of dollars in food and beverage revenue for the city, a welcome spike in business for the local bars and restaurants close to the action.  Depending on your taste and budget, you can toss back a few at a dark and smoky dive bar or splurge on raw oysters and bubbly at an authentic French bistro. Typically if a bar allows smoking food isn't served, so be sure to plot your course carefully when serial tailgating. Expect a raucous scene no matter where you go when you're within walking distance to the Superdome, the 13-acre sports venue that defines the New Orleans skyline.



Located in the fab Loews Hotel, the Brennan family-run Café Adelaide is named for colorful Ti Adelaide Martin, co-owner of big sister restaurant Commander's Palace. You'll be happy starting with the bacon and cornmeal crusted fried oysters, and...  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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You wouldn't guess from the spare exterior, but Bar Tonique has it going on. The Rampart Street lounge, situated on the border of the French Quarter and Treme not far from Armstrong park, offers a large U-shaped bar, some banquette seating and...  Read More

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Fulton Alley in the New Orleans CBD is a fun locally owned destination for bowling, contemporary Southern comfort food and curated craft cocktails. The setting is sleek and urbane, with local art adding eye-popping appeal. Executive chef Mike...  Read More



Gordon Biersch is a huge place, with 375 seats and a busy sports bar on Poydras Street in the heart of New Orleans. The outdoor patio is a popular spot, but on game day, it's the five plasmas at the bar that take center stage. This is the local...  Read More



Situated in the ground floor of the Energy Center on Poydras, Allegro is game-central for the who dat nation when the Saints are playing at the Dome. Whether you want to grab a burger from the grill and have a few cocktails, get pumped up by...  Read More



For a pre-game cocktail, head to Borgne, one of local celebrity chef John Besh's much touted restaurants. Situated on the ground floor of the newly renovated Hyatt on Loyala Avenue, Borgne is great choice for locally sourced Louisian seafood...  Read More



Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar is located on Poydras Street just four blocks from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, making it a preeminent spot for pre- and post-game food and drinks. Walk-On's has televisions nearly everywhere, including outside on...  Read More



Fried frog legs for brunch? absolument if it's a truly French brasserie setting you crave with the emphasis on locally sourced seafood and Southern hospitality. Offering a trendy, convivial atmosphere, top notch service and one of NOLA's most...  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


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