New Orleans' Top Super Bowl Sports Bars
Not everyone visiting New Orleans on Super Bowl Sunday is lucky enough to have scored tickets to the big game. Scores of travelers will head to town just to be near the energy and excitement of the big event. Of course, these super sports fans will need a place to watch the game, chow down on pub grub and tip back a few icy cold brews. Don't settle on watching the game at any old NoLa pub; grab your pals and hit one of New Orleans' most sports-obsessed bars for the big day.
An absolute staple of the New Orleans sports bar scene since 1977, Cooter Brown's tops the list of great Super Bowl-watching venues. It helps that the bar includes a whopping 23 flat-screen TVs and two 8-foot drop-down screens on which to watch the game. But what truly makes Cooter Brown's come up on top is its lively atmosphere, and outstanding selection of over 400 domestic and imported beers -- including 60 beers on tap.
Beer connoisseurs can belly up to the bar for cold, frothy brews from around the globe including unique selections from countries like Scotland, Brazil and Nigeria, along with a handful from Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company. The bar also doubles as an excellent seafood restaurant, with a well-stocked oyster bar, boiled crawfish and shrimp, and 10 different kinds of New Orleans' classic po' boy sandwiches.
This popular Irish pub in New Orleans's Mid-City neighborhood draws mad amounts of crowds for its broadcasts of European soccer matches, but also serves as a prime spot to watch American football. Patrons watch the matchup on the bar's 6 flat-screen TVs, including a 50-inch plasma screen, and an 8-foot projector screen. But the real fun starts when the pints of Guinness start flowing at this neighborhood pub. In fact, McCool's is said to dole out the best pour of Guinness in NoLa.
Hopefully, you'll work up an appetite while watching the NFL teams do battle; Finn McCool's offers a mouthwatering menu of pub grub. Coined the Boo Koo BBQ, the menu features artery-clogging favorites like deep-fried truffle mac and cheese balls and "Da Mutha Load" Nachos, served with barbecued pulled pork, barbecued brisket, smoked chicken, boudin (a type of sausage), cheddar, sour cream and jalapenos. Oof.
Since 1949, Tracey's has been a popular locals' stomping, er, make that, drinking ground, and was the first Irish pub to open in what has become known as New Orleans' Irish Channel neighborhood. On the big game day, head to the Gaelic bar to watch the action on one of the bar's 20 televisions, as well as to chow down on what the bar calls the "best roast beef po' boy on earth."
Whether or not Tracey's po' boy lives up to the hype, the bar dishes up a great menu of pub standards, like buffalo wings and cheese fries, as well as some NoLa mainstays, like fried okra, muffuletta sandwiches and fried oyster po' boys. Good to know: You'll need to have money on hand; Tracey's is a cash-only operation.
Bruno's Tavern has been an institution in New Orleans since it opened its bar doors in 1934. Today, the spot has become known as a popular college bar thanks to its proximity to Tulane and Loyola universities. Bruno's pays its respects to the 2 schools by draping its walls with memorabilia from both schools' sport teams, though most of the crowd's eyes are glued to the tavern's 11 high-definition plasma televisions and 2 big screens during game time. If you're not addicted to watching the commercials aired during the game (we certainly are!), you can take a break from the bar and play a game of shuffleboard, darts or pool.
If you've arrived at Bruno's hungry, you're in luck. The bar menu features decadent favorites like the Boudreaux fries, sweet potato fries topped with roast beef "debris," blue cheese crumbles, sugar, spiced pecans and golden raisins. Like a little fire in your belly? Tuck into the Flaming Bruno Burger, an 8-oz. patty that's cooked, dipped in hot sauce, topped with jalapenos and banana peppers, and smothered with melted pepper jack cheese. You might want to take a swig of one of the bar's 20 draft beers after downing that monster.
It came as no surprise to locals who frequent Walk-On's when ESPN voted the neighborhood bar "ESPN's No. 1 Sports Bar in America" in 2012. The bar is conveniently set in the shadow of the iconic Superdome, leaving it in perfect proximity to nearby Super Bowl shenanigans. The bar here is one of the hottest in the city to watch a sports game, and Super Bowl Sunday is even more intense. Still, even if it's standing-room only, great views of the game can be had from any of Walk-On's 150 -- yes, you read that right, 150! -- TVs.
The bar's highlights are many: Chief among them are the self-service tableside keg taps that charge by the ounce. The bar menu is filled with a host of pub grub favorites, like fried pickles and peppers, and a 12-oz. burger stuffed with bacon and American cheese. If you're not afraid of your arteries bursting, order the Hangover, a burger topped with a fried egg, bacon, cheese and a pile of waffle fries.