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New Orleans’s Essential Sports Bars

Catch the game at these bars where the food and drinks are as good as the view of the TV

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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, Pelicans games, and, of course, the Super Bowl at these seriously sporty game-day destinations.

The best in-person viewing experiences offer enthusiastic fans, multiple large screens, and great food — think oysters, food trucks, po’boys, and lots of game day snacks, as well as specialties that are sometimes dished as a lagniappe. Luckily, these sports bars, dive bars, breweries, and restaurants offer all three.

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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 oysters mean you just can't go wrong here.

The Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's
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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.

The Bulldog, Mid-City

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With over 100 different beers, wings, outdoor seating, and lots of televisions, there’s not much more you could ask for on game day. Plus, there’s an outdoor patio with screens to watch the game should there be nice weather.

Beachcorner Bar & Grill

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This no-frills neighborhood bar is a longtime locals favorite, perfect for watching the game with good grub and beer. The burger is the star at Beachcorner — there’s even a burger of the month. You can usually count on solid Sunday drink specials.

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.

Wit's Inn

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This classic Mid City dive bar always has the game on, serves some of the best wings in town, and offers all kinds of beers on tap. What’s not to like?

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.

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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 TVs out on the beer garden, where patrons can enjoy high-quality food from Avo Taco and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

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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.

The Tchoup Yard

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Tchoup Yard is part beach bar and part beer garden. It’s got plenty of outdoor seating, a huge, centrally-located fire pit, frozen drinks, a large, and 13 big screen televisions. Open noon ‘til 8 p.m.

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 other area locations of the popular Drew Brees-backed sports bar chain are in Metairie and Slidell.

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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 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.

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 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).

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 gameday a downright religious experience. A Cheers vibe for sure, with plenty of TVs 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, stuffed bell peppers, seafood stuffed potatoes, jambalaya, and chicken wings.

MRB Bar & Kitchen

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Simultaneously off the beaten path and in the heart of the French Quarter, MRB’s is a hidden gem, a neighborhood bar with an unexpectedly huge courtyard out back, complete with five big screen TVs. Serving tasty tropical cocktails as well as New Orleans classics and hundreds of beers, expect comfort food classics like gumbo, crawfish mac and cheese, and oysters from the kitchen.

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.

J&J's Sports Lounge

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J&J’s is one of your best dive sports bar options in Bywater, a welcoming, quirky spot full of regulars and a bar lined with TVs, as well as a projector and screen airing the game — including European football. Catch homegrown vendors setting up outside for snacks and enjoy cheap beers.

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

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

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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 oysters mean you just can't go wrong here.

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

The Bulldog, Mid-City

With over 100 different beers, wings, outdoor seating, and lots of televisions, there’s not much more you could ask for on game day. Plus, there’s an outdoor patio with screens to watch the game should there be nice weather.

Beachcorner Bar & Grill

This no-frills neighborhood bar is a longtime locals favorite, perfect for watching the game with good grub and beer. The burger is the star at Beachcorner — there’s even a burger of the month. You can usually count on solid Sunday drink specials.

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.

Wit's Inn

This classic Mid City dive bar always has the game on, serves some of the best wings in town, and offers all kinds of beers on tap. What’s not to like?

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.

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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 TVs out on the beer garden, where patrons can enjoy high-quality food from Avo Taco and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Bayou Beer Garden

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.

The Tchoup Yard

Tchoup Yard is part beach bar and part beer garden. It’s got plenty of outdoor seating, a huge, centrally-located fire pit, frozen drinks, a large, and 13 big screen televisions. Open noon ‘til 8 p.m.

Walk-On's

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 other area locations of the popular Drew Brees-backed sports bar chain are in Metairie and Slidell.

Walk-On’s
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The Upper Quarter

While not really a sports bar, small dive The Upper Quarter is one of the best places to catch a 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

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 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).

Fahy's Irish Pub

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 gameday a downright religious experience. A Cheers vibe for sure, with plenty of TVs for football and pool tables for taking a break from the game.

Bullet's Sports Bar

This cool Treme spot is an equally ideal destination for the game, live music, and divine dishes like barbecued ribs, stuffed bell peppers, seafood stuffed potatoes, jambalaya, and chicken wings.

MRB Bar & Kitchen

Simultaneously off the beaten path and in the heart of the French Quarter, MRB’s is a hidden gem, a neighborhood bar with an unexpectedly huge courtyard out back, complete with five big screen TVs. Serving tasty tropical cocktails as well as New Orleans classics and hundreds of beers, expect comfort food classics like gumbo, crawfish mac and cheese, and oysters from the kitchen.

Markey's Bar

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.

J&J's Sports Lounge

J&J’s is one of your best dive sports bar options in Bywater, a welcoming, quirky spot full of regulars and a bar lined with TVs, as well as a projector and screen airing the game — including European football. Catch homegrown vendors setting up outside for snacks and enjoy cheap beers.

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