Go to Elizabeth's in By Water for Brunch. Go early and enjoy brunch. It's about 15 blocks from Esplanade so take a cab. After you eat walk 3 blocks W to Markey's for the best local sports bar action in NOLA. You will have fun.
Elizabeth's @ 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 9272.
Markey's Bar @ 640 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 943 - 0785.