Where to Watch the Game in New Orleans: The Best Sports Bars to Visit


Cheering on the Saints, Pelicans, or LSU Tigers during football season requires endless beer on tap and mouthwatering bar food. The best sports bars in New Orleans have a mix of both to fuel fans before the big game. For those without season tickets, the best pubs, taverns, and beer gardens will satisfy the whole group throughout the game.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux in the Central Business District

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is a family-friendly spot near the Superdome in the Central Business District. The sports bar has a vast draft beer selection and a delectable Cajun-inspired food menu. TVs cover every wall, making it the ideal place to watch the game, pregame, or stop by for a bite.

Tracey’s in the Irish Channel

Tracey’s has been the go-to Irish Channel bar since 1949. Although most famous for its St. Patrick’s Day street parties, Tracey’s is also a gameday hub. The flowing beers and iconic roast beef po’boys keep locals and visitors cheering all day long.

Bayou Beer Garden in Mid-City

Beer-guzzling sports fans belong at Bayou Beer Garden in Mid-City. Fans gather here to cheer for their favorite team, whether it’s a Saints Sunday or a Pelicans weekday. The indoor and outdoor seating accommodates larger groups. A hefty drink menu satisfies everyone from beer drinkers to wine connoisseurs.

The Avenue Pub

The Avenue Pub is a beer hub with sports bar qualities. Its 24-hour business hours are ideal for celebrating night game wins. The drink menu features beers on tap, craft brews, and whiskey. Pub food fills the menu, but some classics, like bangers and mash, diversify the options.

The Bulldog in Mid-City and Uptown

Furry friends can participate in gameday antics at The Bulldog in the Garden District and Uptown. The dog-friendly pub serves various draft beers and delectable pub food. For a more relaxed gameday experience, The Bulldog is the ideal spot.

Bullet’s Sports Bar in the Treme

Bullet’s Sports Bar is a local hangout spot with plenty of beer, boiled seafood, and live music. Who Dat spirit fills the space, making it the perfect dive bar to cheer on the Saints.

The Rusty Nail in the Central Business District

Catch a game on the big screen at the Rusty Nail in the Central Business District. The bar’s leafy outdoor patio hosts a massive projector where it plays the Saints game every Sunday. Sports fans can enjoy affordable drinks and a laid-back environment not too far from the Superdome.

Bruno’s Tavern in Uptown

Bruno’s Tavern is the ultimate college gameday hangout spot. The Uptown bar is close to Tulane and Loyola University, making it the ideal sports bar for students. Bruno’s has daily drink specials, good food, and enough TVs to watch every local team.

Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Mid-City

Experience a different kind of football at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub in Mid-City. Soccer fans can watch every U.S. National team on the bar’s nine TVs. The pub’s atmosphere blends friendly Irish cheer and lively New Orleans energy.

Cooter Brown’s in the Graden District

Cooter Brown’s is a local favorite for craft beers, good food, and sports year-round. The bar menu offers seasonal craft beers, standard domestic brews, cocktails, and wine. New Orleans classics, like fried and raw oysters, po’boys, and seafood, grace the menu. The Graden District bar also has enough TVs to watch any live game.

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