Call Your Chauffeur: New Orleans Bars that Make You Feel Fancy
Whether it’s the spirit of a romantic stroll along the river, the spirit that shakes the walls of the Superdome or the spirits that fill our glass, New Orleans has a knack for taking an event to the next level.
If there is one thing that we do well without question, it’s spending time. Not a minute is wasted and not a beer is warm. It’s the magic of the Big Easy, if you ask us. It’s our “free-wheelin’, laissez-faire” frame of mind if you ask boredom.
It’s the best time of year for the Who Dat Nation. We work all week for that Sunday game in the Superdome. It’s a time to gear up for true New Orleans tailgating—driving to your favorite bar, sitting down in your lucky chair and watching the Saints win with a group of your closest friends.
When it comes down to it, NOLA is the capitol of camaraderie (and a few good drinks, of course). As a free spirited city, we have a collection of bars and dives that are hot spots for celebrating a good game and the rush of a win.
For all of our locals (and honorary locals), going to a Saints game doesn’t mean that you have to have a ticket. In the Big Easy, many local bars make televisions feel like an authentic football experience. We’ve found a handful of the fanciest New Orleans Bars that make Saints fans want to hail Limos instead of taxis for a ride to their favorite bar.
Take your pregame, during-game and post-game celebrations to the next level, and put on your fancy Who Dat shirt.
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7 New Orleans Bars that Go Well with a Limo:
This top-rated pub boasts an impeccable pint poured from your choice of over forty brews on tap. Because The Avenue Pub is open 24/7, there is enough time to sample every last drop from the tap and the dozens of craft brews in bottles. For your mid-game cravings, consider the juicy half pound burgers or the bangers and mash.
Here is a downtown gem for the Who Dat Nation. With all of the piled-high specialty burgers, stacked hot dogs and local brews, Bayou Burger & Sports Company is everything Sports. The upbeat, energized but casual setting is a premier Bourbon Street gathering spot for Saints fans.
The Club Car Lounge is where sinfully decadent cocktails highlight a more laid-back atmosphere to watch the game. Here, Saints fans are only three blocks from the French Quarter and a few sips away from a “Who Dat!” A plus? This lounge is located in the historic Queen & Crescent Hotel. This is a tailgate that never has to end.
Cooter Brown’s is the sports hot spot of Uptown New Orleans. Here, over 400 brands of domestic and imported bottled beers (as well the 45 beers on tap) are paired with raw oysters from the Oyster Bar, the City’s Best Boiled Crawfish (seasonal), local tavern food including Poor Boys, Seafood, Specialties and Side Orders. This is a place where enjoying the game means surrounding yourself with the biggest TVs, a couple of pool tables and your closest Who Dats.
The Irish House is a high-end gastropub. Located in Lower Garden District, it serves authentic Irish food made by owner and celebrity Chef Matt Murphy. Enjoy Chef Murphy’s homage to his heritage by enjoying this classic pub. Irish House specialties for the adventurous Saints fan include Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash with brown onion gravy and traditional fish and chips.
Sundays are good for Saints football and for brunches. Twelve Mile Limit serves an upscale brunch with an early afternoon cocktail in a low-key, casual atmosphere. This is a new place for the Who Dat Nation to enjoy a domestic brew, good food and the fun crowd you want for an off-site Saints experience. With a large projector screen showing the game, you’ll be able to catch every detail and feel like you’re sitting in the Superdome itself.
With a life-size projection screen and bleacher seating, The Rusty Nail replicates the stadium experience for the New Orleans Warehouse District. Root for the Saints with their signature drink or a indulge in the impressive scotch selection that makes The Rusty Nail a brown liquor lover’s destination spot. On game day (or any day) this bar is a friendly neighborhood bar that offer good food, great drinks and live music that encourages dancing with your friends, your love or any of the Who Dats.