Team members come and go, but the New Orleans Saints will never leave and neither will the fans’ home away from home during football season, otherwise known as the bars to watch the game. Even through trials and tribulations, the Saints are more ready than ever to play with their full roster! It’s officially Saints season, and if you’re not a season ticket holder, that means it’s time to decide where your rooting home base will be, and we’ve got the best ones (only second to the Dome).
1. Cooter Brown’s – We understand how Riverbend bar Cooter Brown’s was voted Gambit’s Best Sports Bar in the annual Best of New Orleans reader survey two years in a row. Not only do they have an extensive beer selection including 40 beers on tap, they are also equipped with 17 flat screen TVs and two eight-foot drop down big screens. They offer the NFL Sunday Package just in case you’re wondering how the competition’s doing. Besides the plethora of options for getting a healthy buzz on, they also have a menu featuring plenty of New Orleans classics like alligator sausage, shrimp and soft-shell crab po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya and of course their famed oyster bar.
2. Tracey’s – New Orleans’ favorite Gaelic pub appropriately located in the Irish Channel is predictably the headquarters for New Orleans’ St. Patrick’s Day Block Party but also one for Saints game days. Locals and visitors flock to the bar for “the best roast beef po-boy on earth” and stay for the 18 televisions during Saints season.
3. Twelve Mile Limit - This Mid-City bar not only offers upscale food and cocktail options in a low-key, casual atmosphere, but with their new Sunday brunches, they will surely become a local game-watching favorite. Whether it’s a domestic brew, a high end cocktail, good food or a fun crowd that you’re looking to accompany your off-site Saints experience, you’ll be able to find it at Twelve Mile. And with a large projector screen showing the game, you’ll be able to catch every detail. Once the game is over, you’ll want to stick around, whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate.
4. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant – If you weren’t able to make that beach trip this summer, there’s always Lucy’s – New Orleans’ own tropical getaway in the middle of the Warehouse District. A go-to spot for Mardi Gras, Lucy’s is no different during Saints games. You might even get a Saints chanting lesson from Drew Brees himself.
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5. Rusty Nail – With a life-size projection screen and bleacher seating, Rusty Nail attempts to replicate the stadium experience respectfully well. A signature drink sharing the bar’s name and an impressive scotch selection make the Nail a brown liquor lover’s destination spot. On game day or any day for that matter, Rusty Nail is a friendly neighborhood bar offering good food and drink, great live music and the best people you could ask for in a bar.