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The Best New Orleans Sports Bars to Support (and Order Game-Day Food and Drinks)

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Win or lose, New Orleans sports fans know how to have a good time. And while this year, we’ll miss the thrill of being around crowds of fellow fans in front of a big screen, on game day, you’ll feel the city buzzing with energy just about anywhere you go.

Sports bars are, after all, about community, and this season we’re teaming up with Crown Royal to support the ones that bring us together — even when we’re six feet apart. In a city with no shortage of drinking establishments, NOLA sports bars need to offer more than just your run-of-the-mill pub grub and watered-down beer to keep locals coming back. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 can’t-miss bars and restaurants with amenities including spacious courtyards, crawfish boils, and expertly made cocktails (Crown Royal sour, anyone?) that are worth checking out the next time your favorite local team hits the field. With takeout and delivery options, it’s easier than ever to help keep your beloved game-day spots afloat, even if you’re watching from home.

A number of New Orleans-area bars and restaurants have resumed dine-in service at limited capacity, including several on this map. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on local regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the City of New Orleans website. Note that alcohol sales at restaurants must be accompanied by food sales at this time.

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1. Swamp Room Bar and Grill

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5400 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70003
(504) 888-5242
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Grab a seat at this Metairie joint on game day or take an order of its famous “swamp burgers” to go — either way, it’ll keep you coming back for more. With a new, bigger home up the block from its former location, it’s a spacious spot for Sunday or Monday night football (and drinks any other night of the week).

2. Shenanigans Kitchen & Cocktails

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4612 Quincy St
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 605-3299
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There’s no shortage of entertainment to be had at this Metairie favorite. Local football fans head here on game day for its big screens, boudin balls, and lively atmosphere. Add in cocktails and bar games, pool, and darts, and you can’t go wrong.

A chicken wrap with waffle fries Courtesy of Shenanigans

3. Mid City Yacht Club

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440 S St Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 483-2517
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A quintessential game-day destination you could only find in New Orleans, this weekend go-to is known for its airy courtyard, wide array of indoor and outdoor TV screens, and seasonal crawfish boils. Order a Crown and ginger and kick back: you’re in for an ideal viewing experience.

4. Bayou Beer Garden

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326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

Don’t let the name fool you: this Mid City staple boasts a full bar, so neither cocktail lovers nor beer fans will be disappointed. Settle in with a group of friends on its comfortable patio and you’ll likely spot a sea of jerseys (LSU or Saints, depending on the day) at neighboring tables.

5. MRB Bar & Kitchen

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515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-2558
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A French Quarter mainstay for fresh seafood and football, MRB caters to hungry football fans on game day and beyond. Grab a seat in the inviting courtyard and sip on a cocktail beneath the huge outdoor theater projector. Don’t leave without trying the crawfish mac and cheese.

A covered garden with patio chairs and tables Courtesy of MRB Bar & Kitchen

6. Bourbon Street Drinkery

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217 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Bourbon Street might not be quite as raucous as usual this season, but you can still cheer your heart out at Drinkery. The popular live-music venue is also equipped with big-screen TVs, a balcony, and attentive bartenders specializing in craft cocktails, so you won’t be waiting around for a refill of your Crown Royal Old Fashioned.

7. Barcadia

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601 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 335-1740
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“Game day” takes on a whole new meaning at Barcadia, where classic arcade games and childhood favorites like Connect Four and jumbo Jenga are as much of a draw as watching the pros play on-screen. Stop by during weekday happy hour for $5 Crown Royal doubles, and indulge your inner kid with fried Oreos for dessert.

A bar with colorful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling Courtesy of Barcadia

8. Bruno’s Tavern

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7538 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

There’s a reason Bruno’s has survived for nearly a century: students from nearby Tulane and Loyola frequent the Uptown haunt in search of good company and strong drinks (a double shot of Crown Royal is just $6). During college football season, alumni also join the crowd to watch the game and chow down on loaded burgers and waffle fries.

A bar with TV screens and flags Courtesy of Bruno’s Tavern

9. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

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1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-5079
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A Saints game with a side of Louisiana oysters? Sign us up. Park yourself at one of the tables in the leafy courtyard or second-floor patio of this Warehouse District spot to cheer on your team in style. 

An outdoor seating space with tables and umbrellas Courtesy of Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

10. The Bulldog

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3236 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

A longtime go-to for its extensive outdoor seating, The Bulldog has become even more indispensable in recent months. With its dog-friendly patio and fan-friendly array of HD televisions, it’s no wonder this Garden District bar earns consistent accolades. Try the Tex-Mex egg rolls and visit for happy hour Monday to Friday to get a double Crown and cola for the price of a single.

Plates of nachos, fries, and burgers Courtesy of The Bulldog Uptown
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1. Swamp Room Bar and Grill

5400 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003

Grab a seat at this Metairie joint on game day or take an order of its famous “swamp burgers” to go — either way, it’ll keep you coming back for more. With a new, bigger home up the block from its former location, it’s a spacious spot for Sunday or Monday night football (and drinks any other night of the week).

5400 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70003

2. Shenanigans Kitchen & Cocktails

4612 Quincy St, Metairie, LA 70006
A chicken wrap with waffle fries Courtesy of Shenanigans

There’s no shortage of entertainment to be had at this Metairie favorite. Local football fans head here on game day for its big screens, boudin balls, and lively atmosphere. Add in cocktails and bar games, pool, and darts, and you can’t go wrong.

4612 Quincy St
Metairie, LA 70006

3. Mid City Yacht Club

440 S St Patrick St, New Orleans, LA 70119

A quintessential game-day destination you could only find in New Orleans, this weekend go-to is known for its airy courtyard, wide array of indoor and outdoor TV screens, and seasonal crawfish boils. Order a Crown and ginger and kick back: you’re in for an ideal viewing experience.

440 S St Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Bayou Beer Garden

326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70119

Don’t let the name fool you: this Mid City staple boasts a full bar, so neither cocktail lovers nor beer fans will be disappointed. Settle in with a group of friends on its comfortable patio and you’ll likely spot a sea of jerseys (LSU or Saints, depending on the day) at neighboring tables.

326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. MRB Bar & Kitchen

515 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116
A covered garden with patio chairs and tables Courtesy of MRB Bar & Kitchen

A French Quarter mainstay for fresh seafood and football, MRB caters to hungry football fans on game day and beyond. Grab a seat in the inviting courtyard and sip on a cocktail beneath the huge outdoor theater projector. Don’t leave without trying the crawfish mac and cheese.

515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Bourbon Street Drinkery

217 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bourbon Street might not be quite as raucous as usual this season, but you can still cheer your heart out at Drinkery. The popular live-music venue is also equipped with big-screen TVs, a balcony, and attentive bartenders specializing in craft cocktails, so you won’t be waiting around for a refill of your Crown Royal Old Fashioned.

217 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Barcadia

601 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A bar with colorful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling Courtesy of Barcadia

“Game day” takes on a whole new meaning at Barcadia, where classic arcade games and childhood favorites like Connect Four and jumbo Jenga are as much of a draw as watching the pros play on-screen. Stop by during weekday happy hour for $5 Crown Royal doubles, and indulge your inner kid with fried Oreos for dessert.

601 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Bruno’s Tavern

7538 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
A bar with TV screens and flags Courtesy of Bruno’s Tavern

There’s a reason Bruno’s has survived for nearly a century: students from nearby Tulane and Loyola frequent the Uptown haunt in search of good company and strong drinks (a double shot of Crown Royal is just $6). During college football season, alumni also join the crowd to watch the game and chow down on loaded burgers and waffle fries.

7538 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

1114 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130
An outdoor seating space with tables and umbrellas Courtesy of Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar

A Saints game with a side of Louisiana oysters? Sign us up. Park yourself at one of the tables in the leafy courtyard or second-floor patio of this Warehouse District spot to cheer on your team in style. 

1114 Constance St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. The Bulldog

3236 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Plates of nachos, fries, and burgers Courtesy of The Bulldog Uptown

A longtime go-to for its extensive outdoor seating, The Bulldog has become even more indispensable in recent months. With its dog-friendly patio and fan-friendly array of HD televisions, it’s no wonder this Garden District bar earns consistent accolades. Try the Tex-Mex egg rolls and visit for happy hour Monday to Friday to get a double Crown and cola for the price of a single.

3236 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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