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Aug 9, 2010 11:25 AM

Sports Bars Help.

I know this question has been asked a lot of time but I have friends coming to NOLA for a football weekend in September. I did a search but I did not find anything I didn't know about. I have mentioned Johnny's in the FQ, Finn McCool's and Cooter Brown's. They are coming for a Tulane game but the Saints play on Thursday night so they would like to watch it. Can you suggest any other places. I told them also about Lucy's.

Finn McCools
3701 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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  1. Does Gordon Biersch (sp?) have tv's, I would imagine that wouldn't be a bad place to watch the game. Kingpin does some good stuff for games.
    I assume you are talking about the Vikings regular season opener. If that's the case, any place with a tv will be a great place to watch the game, while it won't have the energy as say Super Bowl did in the city, anyplace with a TV will be a sports bar that day.

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    1. re: roro1831

      Gordon Biersch is a decent place to watch the game. Finns and Cooter Brown's are also good places. Wits Inn on Carrollton is a sports bar with good pizza. It depends on what kind of atmosphere you/they are looking for. If you're looking for more upscale, I'm willing to bet that some of the nicer bars downtown will be playing the season opener. Check with the swizzle stick bar at Adelaide and call Emeril's and Ruth's Chris.

      1. re: roro1831

        What about for watching the Super Bowl? Do you need to reserve a table somewhere for a group of 6? What about just at a hotel bar in the French quarter??

        1. re: ncara

          Gosh, this is planning ahead.

          In addition to all the other places mentioned, the Ugly Dog Saloon will put on pretty much any game you request (and the food's not bad -- try the mac & cheese). It's big enough and far enough outside the FQ to be pretty reliable and is the sort of place where a little (restrained) hootin' and hollerin' seems reasonable. Note that they're smoke-free.

      2. if it's the saints game you want to watch, pretty much every bar turns into a sports bar when saints games are on. the scarcity of typical sports bars in new orleans is a problem if you're looking for an out-of-market game. when people ask me for a bar to watch a saints game, i invariably direct them to the corner of bienville and decatur. take your pick - either club decatur or ryan's irish pub. though i wouldn't call either a "sports bar", both are great places to watch games with a number of big tv's. you can duck into both and decide which you like better. i usually pick club decatur - cheaper beers and usually less crowded.

        1. The Avenue Pub on St. Charles in the lower Garden District or Crescent City Brewpub on Decatur in the FQ.

          Avenue Pub
          1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. I'll throw in a vote for Finn's. Mid-City Yacht Club is good for Saints games too.

            Really, any bar with a TV will have the game on, but places like Finn's, Cooter Brown's, Mid-City Yacht Club will be focused on the game (projection screens, all TVs tuned in, etc).

            It should be mentioned that both Finns and Mid-City Yacht Club are places that serve free food during every Saints game. There are lots of other places like that across the city, but I'm sure specifically what some of the others are.

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            1. re: gastrotect

              Two more places that serve food are Tchoup 45 and the Kingpin.

              Question for OP Littleman: Are your friends coming from somewhere with a smoking ban and/or do they mind smoky bars? Almost all of the places mentioned so far allow smoking.

              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                Uptown they will be looking for something non smoking. I did not think about that. Do you have any ideas. Thanks.

                1. re: Littleman

                  Chickie Wah Wah. Relaxed casual space with a good bar menu.

                  Let's Be Totally Clear has a list of non-smoking bars and venues:

                  Chickie Wah Wah
                  2828 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      Last time I was at Bruno's, maybe about 4 months ago, they allowed smoking. Have they changed the policy?

                      1. re: uptownlibrarian

                        Not sure about the smoking thing. I was just throwing the idea out there.

                        The Boudreaux (?) fries are awesome. Who would've thought sweet potato fries topped with roast beef debris, blue cheese, and golden raisins would be so good?

              2. Might be a little out of the way, but I would recommend Hurricanes Sports bar in Metairie. It's located 1414 Veterans Blvd. They have both the college and NFL packages and the food is not bad for bar food. And they have enough TVs to put all the games on.

                Hurricanes Sports Bar
                1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

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                1. re: chowdoc

                  Not sure of the kitchen is still run by the guy from Cooters or not, I know it was when they first opened.