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Where to Watch the National Championship

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

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If you’re not lucky enough to be watching the 2020 National Championship game between LSU and Clemson from the Superdome, it’s important to find the perfect game-time atmosphere. Here’s a map of the best bars to catch games this season; those that offer specials galore, great television coverage, awesome food, and fellow fans.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Porch and Patio Wine and Beer Garden

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512 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 282-9113
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Locals watched this spot in Kenner by Rivertown take shape last year, keen to have a beer and wine garden in these parts. Porch and Patio opened to large crowds out the box, thanks to its hefty selection of beer and wine on tap and very decent bar food — debris fries are a fave, along with tacos and Dagwood-sized sandwiches. A bank of TVs around the bar promises lively game coverage, and drink and food specials are a given.

2. Coach's Corner

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2221 Transcontinental Dr
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 888-6685
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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.

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3. Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill

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1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 833-0050
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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 (Big Ten and SEC networks plus ESPN Gameplan and the NFL Sunday ticket) broadcast across 17 televisions. Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Hurricane’s has beer bucket specials and bar food after 5 p.m. for munching. Stay long enough and enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, usually with no cover.

4. Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9104
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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.

Raw oysters at Cooter Brown’s
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5. Bruno's Tavern

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7538 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-7615
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What better way to enjoy football than to be around a rowdy crowd of college students? Bruno's is a University area hang out since 1934 that also bleeds purple and gold in addition to the Green Wave. Large groups (8 or more) 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.

6. Azul Sports Restaurant

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117 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 304-9034

Azul is more than a sports bar. The newish Lakeview spot has the flat screens - 22 of them and it has the usual bar food options, from wings to burgers done especially well by longtime restaurateur Danny Millan. But there’s a hint of fine dining that Millan can’t help but deliver - it’s in his blood. Try the osso bucco if it’s on special, the salmon, really everything is good. Check the helmets - Millan has almost all of the teams on display.

7. Mid-City Yacht Club

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440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 483-2517
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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 parm fries and burgers all the time.

8. The King Pin Bar

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1307 Lyons St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Beloved Uptown watering hole King Pin boasts chef-driven pop-ups and food trucks like Taceaux Loceaux during games. Plus, the bar's regulars are simply the best. Oh, and there are live bands on some Saturday nights.

9. Second Line Brewing

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433 N Bernadotte St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 248-8979
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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 or call to have chow delivered. Oh, and go ahead and bring the dog and the kid. They are most welcome.

10. Finn McCool's Irish Pub

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3701 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-9080
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Ok, so football conjures a black and white ball first 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. But Finn McCool’s is equal opportunity and remains a solid place to catch a Saints game or college ball.

11. Port Orleans Brewing Co.

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4124 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 266-2332
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One of Port Orleans’ investors/owners is former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief, and the Saints love is palpable — from beers like the Sean Payton blonde ale to the atmosphere on game days. While not a sports bar, you can expect some of the highest quality food and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

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12. Bayou Beer Garden

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326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-9357
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Football and beer, perfect together. 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.

13. Tracey's

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2604 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 897-5413
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This Irish Channel stalwart is a fab spot for drinking and cheering. Tracey's is lined with televisions and the game, any game, is always on. Settle in with a pint and a po-boy or a copious seafood platter and expect a great day. The owners and staff dearly love football here and it shows. Lots of regulars make this a lively spot.

Tracey’s oyster po-boy
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14. Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar (Multiple Locations)

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1009 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 309-6530
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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.

15. The Upper Quarter

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1000 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-4111

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 spot is the warmest; a true neighborhood vibe. On game days, drink the Who Dat punch and enjoy barbecue with a slew of loyal regulars, and expect other fun Saints-related surprises.

Saints decor at The Upper Quarter
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16. The Rusty Nail

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1100 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-5515
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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 often spills out onto the expansive outdoor patio. For munches, food trucks can be an option, or have Cochon Butcher sandwiches delivered right to your barstool.

17. Fahy's Irish Pub

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540 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 586-9806

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.

18. Ugly Dog Saloon and BBQ

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401 Andrew Higgins Dr
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 569-8459
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LSU games are always on at the Ugly Dog (on 15 HD TVs), and Florida State Seminoles fans are also in luck, since there's a proud following for the ‘Noles in the house too. Check out bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys if you're watching between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Ugly Dog was a front runner in the current barbecue craze, serving smoked meat since 1998. There’s an equally football-friendly location in Metairie.

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19. Manning's

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519 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 593-8118
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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. Oh yeah, and then there is the owner’s team cred. Not every sports bar is owned by a former Saints quarterback.

20. Markey's Bar

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640 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-0785
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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 also an uber-friendly spot, with beaucoup regulars and always a group hanging at the outside tables.

1. Porch and Patio Wine and Beer Garden

512 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

Locals watched this spot in Kenner by Rivertown take shape last year, keen to have a beer and wine garden in these parts. Porch and Patio opened to large crowds out the box, thanks to its hefty selection of beer and wine on tap and very decent bar food — debris fries are a fave, along with tacos and Dagwood-sized sandwiches. A bank of TVs around the bar promises lively game coverage, and drink and food specials are a given.

512 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062

2. Coach's Corner

2221 Transcontinental Dr, Metairie, LA 70001
Coach’s Corner interior
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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.

2221 Transcontinental Dr
Metairie, LA 70001

3. Hurricane’s Sports Bar and Grill

1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

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 (Big Ten and SEC networks plus ESPN Gameplan and the NFL Sunday ticket) broadcast across 17 televisions. Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Hurricane’s has beer bucket specials and bar food after 5 p.m. for munching. Stay long enough and enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday, usually with no cover.

1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005

4. Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

509 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Raw oysters at Cooter Brown’s
Yelp/Sharon M.

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.

509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. Bruno's Tavern

7538 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

What better way to enjoy football than to be around a rowdy crowd of college students? Bruno's is a University area hang out since 1934 that also bleeds purple and gold in addition to the Green Wave. Large groups (8 or more) 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.

7538 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. Azul Sports Restaurant

117 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Azul is more than a sports bar. The newish Lakeview spot has the flat screens - 22 of them and it has the usual bar food options, from wings to burgers done especially well by longtime restaurateur Danny Millan. But there’s a hint of fine dining that Millan can’t help but deliver - it’s in his blood. Try the osso bucco if it’s on special, the salmon, really everything is good. Check the helmets - Millan has almost all of the teams on display.

117 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

7. Mid-City Yacht Club

440 S Saint Patrick St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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 parm fries and burgers all the time.

440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. The King Pin Bar

1307 Lyons St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Beloved Uptown watering hole King Pin boasts chef-driven pop-ups and food trucks like Taceaux Loceaux during games. Plus, the bar's regulars are simply the best. Oh, and there are live bands on some Saturday nights.

1307 Lyons St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Second Line Brewing

433 N Bernadotte St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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 or call to have chow delivered. Oh, and go ahead and bring the dog and the kid. They are most welcome.

433 N Bernadotte St
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Finn McCool's Irish Pub

3701 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Ok, so football conjures a black and white ball first 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. But Finn McCool’s is equal opportunity and remains a solid place to catch a Saints game or college ball.

3701 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

11. Port Orleans Brewing Co.

4124 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Game day beers at Port Orleans
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One of Port Orleans’ investors/owners is former New Orleans Saint Zach Strief, and the Saints love is palpable — from beers like the Sean Payton blonde ale to the atmosphere on game days. While not a sports bar, you can expect some of the highest quality food and beer in one of the best environments in town on Sundays.

4124 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Bayou Beer Garden

326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70119

Football and beer, perfect together. 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.

326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Tracey's

2604 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tracey’s oyster po-boy
Yelp/Kimberly D

This Irish Channel stalwart is a fab spot for drinking and cheering. Tracey's is lined with televisions and the game, any game, is always on. Settle in with a pint and a po-boy or a copious seafood platter and expect a great day. The owners and staff dearly love football here and it shows. Lots of regulars make this a lively spot.

2604 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar (Multiple Locations)

1009 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112

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.

1009 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

15. The Upper Quarter

1000 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Saints decor at 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 spot is the warmest; a true neighborhood vibe. On game days, drink the Who Dat punch and enjoy barbecue with a slew of loyal regulars, and expect other fun Saints-related surprises.

1000 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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16. The Rusty Nail

1100 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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 often spills out onto the expansive outdoor patio. For munches, food trucks can be an option, or have Cochon Butcher sandwiches delivered right to your barstool.

1100 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Fahy's Irish Pub

540 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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.

540 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70112

18. Ugly Dog Saloon and BBQ

401 Andrew Higgins Dr, New Orleans, LA 70130
Puled pork and baked mac at Ugly Dog
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LSU games are always on at the Ugly Dog (on 15 HD TVs), and Florida State Seminoles fans are also in luck, since there's a proud following for the ‘Noles in the house too. Check out bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys if you're watching between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Ugly Dog was a front runner in the current barbecue craze, serving smoked meat since 1998. There’s an equally football-friendly location in Metairie.

401 Andrew Higgins Dr
New Orleans, LA 70130

19. Manning's

519 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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. Oh yeah, and then there is the owner’s team cred. Not every sports bar is owned by a former Saints quarterback.

519 Fulton St
New Orleans, LA 70130

20. Markey's Bar

640 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

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 also an uber-friendly spot, with beaucoup regulars and always a group hanging at the outside tables.

640 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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