Where to Watch the Super Bowl in New Orleans Slideshow
January 28, 2013
Samuel's Blind Pelican
Known for its breezy patio seating and beer-focused drink list, this laid-back St. Charles Avenue pub features 15 flat-screen TVs and a rotating roster of 35 brews on tap that change with the seasons. With friendly waitstaff and a convivial atmosphere, the Blind Pelican is sure to draw festive crowds on Super Bowl Sunday. Drink and food specials will be on the agenda, along with the bar’s famous $10 buckets of beer.
Located Uptown, this popular tavern caters to sports lovers with 17 flat screen TVs, 400 brands of domestic and imported beers, and some 60 brews on tap. Famous for its freakishly oversized raw oysters, there’s also pub grub perfect for game day, like po'boys, mac and cheese bites, and chili cheese fries. Leave the car at home: Taking a 30-minute ride on the St. Charles Streetcar line from downtown ensures you’ll have a haven away from the crowded French Quarter this Super Bowl.
The Irish House
A favorite neighborhood pub on St. Charles Avenue, The Irish House is known for a convivial atmosphere and great tavern fare. You’ll find four flat-screen TVs inside, one 51-inch TV on the patio, and a giant projector screen, making watching the game a breeze from any vantage point. In addition to 12 beers on tap and the regular menu, the Super Bowl party will include drink and food specials for each team, as well as themed shots at the bar after every touchdown — not to mention football throwing contests, T-shirt giveaways, and prizes (including one for the most outrageous fan costume).
Manning’s in Harrah’s
Part of Harrah’s Casino, this sleek sports bar makes for a solid, upscale headquarters for Super Bowl fans. There are more than 30 flat-screen TVs, including a 13-by-7.5-foot mega screen, a sports anchor desk, reclining chairs (reservations are required), and plenty of football memorabilia to set the scene. There’s also a wide variety of beer — though strangely, none on draught — along with gratis pork rinds, game day specials, and bar snacks with a Louisiana twist. Valet parking is free with validation inside casino.
The Rusty Nail
This Warehouse District bar is low key and dog-friendly, offering bleacher seating for a community vibe in front of five flat-screen TVs (there’s also a giant 86-inch projection screen. The bar’s 16 beers on tap (and a selection of more than 50 brews in bottles and cans), bar snacks (including food trucks that frequently park outside), and a DIY Bloody Mary bar make it a contender for taking in the Super Bowl with your buddies in New Orleans. Don’t miss the expansive spirits selection: Whiskey lovers will appreciate the 40 scotches and 40 bourbons on offer.
With locations in Mid City and the Garden District, this beer palace takes its brew selection seriously: There are some 150 suds to choose from, and the owners have invested in an expensive dishwasher and tap system that ensures ice-cold beers and immaculate pint glasses. Locals love the tasty bar snacks, too: There are nachos, quesadillas, burgers and "hop" wings to share with friends, including any furry companions: This bar is also dog-friendly.
Established in 1949, this spacious Irish Channel sports bar is conveniently located just off Magazine Street. With six local beers on tap and 20 flat-screen TVs, there’s no chance of you missing any piece of the action. Fried pickles, an overstuffed roast beef po'boy (just one of 15 varieties of New Orleans’s most famous sandwich on offer), and cheese fries are just a few of the bar snacks on offer to keep you fueled up on game day, along with regional specials from San Francisco and Baltimore.
Twelve Mile Limit
Want a cocktail while you watch the game? Don’t miss this Mid City gem for Cole Newton’s acclaimed craft drinks, a comfy vibe, and two flat- screen TVs… not to mention an oversized couch — it’s the perfect place for catching the Super Bowl in relaxed environs. On game day, happy hour specials will apply, which includes $1 off specialty cocktails and canned beer: Don’t miss $1 PBRs and High Life.
This is about as close as you can get to the Dome without a ticket: Perched inside the NFL Headquarter hotel, the Hyatt Regency’s sleek sports bar boasts 42 flat-screen TVs (including nine TVs combined to form a wall of TVs). The bar also has a smartphone app where guests can poll their opinions on the game as well as influence the music being played in the bar. This Super Bowl, featured drinks include the rum-based Game Face (serves four), the purple Baltimore Raven (with Cruzan rum, crème de violette, and passion fruit syrup) and the red 49ER (with Beefeater gin, pineapple, and strawberry grenadine). For snacks, guests can feast on po'boys, pork sausage pigs-in-a-blanket, and homemade potato chips.
Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar
Located on Poydras Street just steps from the Superdome, this supersized sports bar features 75 flat-screen TVs in every sight line, 96-ounce mini kegs that keep beer cold on your table, and plenty of snacks to sustain you during the game, including fried pickles and peppers, cheese fries served in a cast-iron skillet, and fried seafood platters meant for sharing. Saturday and Sunday offer numerous VIP opportunities if you have cash to burn over Super Bowl weekend: The VIP Tailgating party costs $400 and is all-inclusive, while the tented Viewing Party features live music and food and beverage credits for $100 a person.