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Where to Watch Football in New Orleans This Season

If you’re not in the Dome, a good sports bar is the ticket

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New Orleans has long offered a wide-ranging sports bar culture, from low-key neighborhood dives to luxury viewing experiences. Of course, this is Who Dat Nation, but you can also expect to find LSU games, European football, and Pelicans games during the season at these seriously sporty game day destinations.

These bars are located all over town, from the French Quarter to Metairie, with great drinks, fans, beer, and food — think oysters, food trucks, po’boys, and lots of game day snacks, as well as specialties that are sometimes dished as a lagniappe. If you agree, disagree, or have a favorite you want to see on this list, send us a tip.

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Coach's Corner

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Look up no frills sports bar in the dictionary, and Coach’s Corner may just pop up. A solid neighborhood drinking bar, the game is always on, dart leagues play weekly, there are multiple pool tables, and the drinks won’t break the bank. Although Coach’s doesn’t have a kitchen, you can order pizza, burgers, and the like from Zita’s next door and eat at the bar.

Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill

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If you're a college football junkie or someone on the lookout for a game that's hard to find, Hurricane’s may be the place for you. Fans of the bar rave about all the options broadcast across the 15+ televisions. Hurricane’s usually has beer bucket specials and straightforward bar food for munching.

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Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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This Uptown sports dive is a win/win all around. Cooter Brown's delivers tons of TVs and even more beers on tap, and the game is always on. This is a good place to check out if you're trying to find your alma mater's team from far away. Fried food heaven (although there are a few salads) and raw oyster mean you just can't go wrong here.

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Bruno's Tavern

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Bruno's is a University area hang out since 1934 that also bleeds purple and gold in addition to the Green Wave. Large groups can reserve tables while they eat, drink, and watch the game. Beer and booze specials vary each week. The food is appropriately rib-sticking, and there are interesting options like the pork shank basket served with secret sauce over waffle fries.

Mid-City Yacht Club

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Mid City Yacht Club is always an excellent choice for the game. The bar has 16 flat screens, divided into four watching zones. Plus the food is darn good — crawfish boils during the season and delightful garlic parmesan fries and burgers all the time.

Kingpin

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Beloved Uptown watering hole Kinpin boasts chef-driven pop-ups and food trucks like Daddy Hot Bird during games. Plus, the bar's regulars are simply the best. Oh, and there are often live bands on Saturday nights.

Second Line Brewing

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Second Line sets up its huge projection screens either indoors or outside in the beer garden (where there are heaters for cold nights), depending on weather and time of day. A compact list of very good beer makes this place a winner. For eats check out the food trucks and pop-ups calendar. Oh, and go ahead and bring the dog and the kid. They are most welcome.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

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Ok, so football means a black and white ball before the pigskin at this friendly neighborhood Mid City pub that attracts ex-pats from all over the map. The definition of sports doesn’t stop there, everything from golf to rugby and hurling is on the telly. Still, Finn McCool’s is equal opportunity and remains a solid place to catch a Saints game or college ball.

Port Orleans Brewing Co.

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One of Port Orleans’s investors/owners is former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief, and the Saints love is palpable — from beer names to the atmosphere on game days. While not a sports bar, there are now TVs out on the beer garden, where patrons can enjoy high quality food and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

Bayou Beer Garden

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It’s kind of a no-brainer that this beer garden tucked away on Jeff Davis Parkway in Mid City is a great place to cheer on LSU or the Saints. As the weather cools, check out the games while sitting outside on Bayou Beer Garden’s expansive patio. Also, sister pub Bayou Wine Garden is just next door, so your football watching beverage selection is much expanded.

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Liuzza's by the Track

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It’s no surprise this horse tracks-adjacent neighborhood bar is also a game day gathering spot, much during the entirety of Jazz Fest. Post up outside in front of the restaurant’s new outdoor TV and enjoy smoked wings, frozen cocktails, and a limited Liuzza’s menu.

Tracey's

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This Irish Channel stalwart is an always-packed spot for drinking and cheering, lined with televisions and the game, any game, always on. Settle in with a pint and a po’ boy or a copious seafood platter and expect a great day. Lots of regulars make this a lively spot.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

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The game is always on at the Poydras Street location of the popular sports bar chain, situated in the direct line of fire for game days at the ‘Dome. Walk-On’s hosts some serious Saints watch parties with drink specials, 30-plus televisions, and balcony seating. The multi-location chain was voted number one sports bar by ESPN, not too shabby. Plus, Saints QB Drew Brees is one of the owners.

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The Upper Quarter

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While not really a sports bar, small dive The Upper Quarter is one of the best places to catch a Saints game. Tucked away on the corner of Burgundy and Bienville Streets, this French Quarter gem serves Who Dat punch on game day and food from Messina’s alongside a slew of delightful regulars.

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The Rusty Nail

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This favorite locals’ spot on the edge of the Lower Garden District is an equal opportunity broadcaster of games. Cheered on by an impressive beer and cocktail program, the crowd at the Rusty Nail gets rowdy. For munchies, you can order at the bar from new sister restaurant Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar‘s menu (be warned that the Rusty Nail’s expansive patio is now Sidecar’s, but there’s new outdoor seating out front).

Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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The owners of fellow game day bar Rusty Nail opened Sidecar in 2019, combining a focus on oysters with a dolled-up patio space the Rusty Nail was formerly known for. For a classy Saints game viewing experience, you’ll want to reserve a table on the large patio — don’t expect to be able to walk in — and arrive hungry for oysters by the piece or dozen, crab cake sandwiches, ceviche and tartare, and an excellent Bibb wedge.

Fahy's Irish Pub

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Fahy’s isn’t exactly a sports bar, but it’s a swell place to watch the game nonetheless. An oasis of beer and strong drinks (skip the wine) on a quiet stretch of Burgundy in the Quarter, Fahy’s attracts a vocal crowd of Saints fans making game day a downright religious experience. A Cheers vibe for sure, with plenty of TV’s for football and pool tables for taking a break from the game.

Bullet's Sports Bar

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This cool Treme spot is an equally ideal destination for the game, live music, and divine dishes like barbecued ribs, potato salad, mac and cheese, stuffed bell peppers, seafood stuffed potatoes, fried fish with potato salad, seafood pasta, jambalaya, smoked sausage, and chicken wings.

Manning's

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Sometimes you just need to watch the Tigers or the Saints in a posh leather reclining chair, and for those occasions, Manning's is your best bet. It also has a courtyard with a screen the size of some living rooms for watching the game and a full menu of delicious food a step above the average sports bar.

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Markey's Bar

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Markey's Bar is one of the best spots in the Bywater for catching football, including LSU and Saints games, with several perfectly placed televisions, a long bar, and quick service. It’s a friendly neighborhood spot, with beaucoup regulars and people always hanging at the outside tables.

Coach's Corner

Look up no frills sports bar in the dictionary, and Coach’s Corner may just pop up. A solid neighborhood drinking bar, the game is always on, dart leagues play weekly, there are multiple pool tables, and the drinks won’t break the bank. Although Coach’s doesn’t have a kitchen, you can order pizza, burgers, and the like from Zita’s next door and eat at the bar.

Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill

Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill/Facebook

If you're a college football junkie or someone on the lookout for a game that's hard to find, Hurricane’s may be the place for you. Fans of the bar rave about all the options broadcast across the 15+ televisions. Hurricane’s usually has beer bucket specials and straightforward bar food for munching.

Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill/Facebook

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

The Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's
Cooter Brown’s
Brasted

This Uptown sports dive is a win/win all around. Cooter Brown's delivers tons of TVs and even more beers on tap, and the game is always on. This is a good place to check out if you're trying to find your alma mater's team from far away. Fried food heaven (although there are a few salads) and raw oyster mean you just can't go wrong here.

The Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's
Cooter Brown’s
Brasted

Bruno's Tavern

Bruno's is a University area hang out since 1934 that also bleeds purple and gold in addition to the Green Wave. Large groups can reserve tables while they eat, drink, and watch the game. Beer and booze specials vary each week. The food is appropriately rib-sticking, and there are interesting options like the pork shank basket served with secret sauce over waffle fries.

Mid-City Yacht Club

Mid City Yacht Club is always an excellent choice for the game. The bar has 16 flat screens, divided into four watching zones. Plus the food is darn good — crawfish boils during the season and delightful garlic parmesan fries and burgers all the time.

Kingpin

Beloved Uptown watering hole Kinpin boasts chef-driven pop-ups and food trucks like Daddy Hot Bird during games. Plus, the bar's regulars are simply the best. Oh, and there are often live bands on Saturday nights.

Second Line Brewing

Second Line sets up its huge projection screens either indoors or outside in the beer garden (where there are heaters for cold nights), depending on weather and time of day. A compact list of very good beer makes this place a winner. For eats check out the food trucks and pop-ups calendar. Oh, and go ahead and bring the dog and the kid. They are most welcome.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

Ok, so football means a black and white ball before the pigskin at this friendly neighborhood Mid City pub that attracts ex-pats from all over the map. The definition of sports doesn’t stop there, everything from golf to rugby and hurling is on the telly. Still, Finn McCool’s is equal opportunity and remains a solid place to catch a Saints game or college ball.

Port Orleans Brewing Co.

One of Port Orleans’s investors/owners is former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief, and the Saints love is palpable — from beer names to the atmosphere on game days. While not a sports bar, there are now TVs out on the beer garden, where patrons can enjoy high quality food and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

Bayou Beer Garden

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It’s kind of a no-brainer that this beer garden tucked away on Jeff Davis Parkway in Mid City is a great place to cheer on LSU or the Saints. As the weather cools, check out the games while sitting outside on Bayou Beer Garden’s expansive patio. Also, sister pub Bayou Wine Garden is just next door, so your football watching beverage selection is much expanded.

Bayou Beer Garden/Facebook

Liuzza's by the Track

It’s no surprise this horse tracks-adjacent neighborhood bar is also a game day gathering spot, much during the entirety of Jazz Fest. Post up outside in front of the restaurant’s new outdoor TV and enjoy smoked wings, frozen cocktails, and a limited Liuzza’s menu.

Tracey's

This Irish Channel stalwart is an always-packed spot for drinking and cheering, lined with televisions and the game, any game, always on. Settle in with a pint and a po’ boy or a copious seafood platter and expect a great day. Lots of regulars make this a lively spot.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

Walk-On’s
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The game is always on at the Poydras Street location of the popular sports bar chain, situated in the direct line of fire for game days at the ‘Dome. Walk-On’s hosts some serious Saints watch parties with drink specials, 30-plus televisions, and balcony seating. The multi-location chain was voted number one sports bar by ESPN, not too shabby. Plus, Saints QB Drew Brees is one of the owners.

Walk-On’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Upper Quarter