We like to say there are four seasons in Louisiana: Mardi Gras, Crawfish, Snowball and Football. While the changes in weather might be slight (we’re completely OK with the sub-tropical climate), there is a noticeable change in the air when transitioning from one celebration to the next. Each season brings excitement, only changing with where the festivities are directed.
The revelers have their Mardi Gras, the foodies their crawfish boils, the hot-temperature lovers cool-off with snowballs and the sports fans cheer on their Saints.
As the snowball stands begin to close up shop, we know the boys in black and gold are ready to storm the Superdome.
The Saints football team is known for having some of the best, and most dedicated, fans in the league. When you come to a game in New Orleans, you will see some of the best costumes, taste some of the best tailgating food and be a part of a tradition that can only happen in this city.
Here are our top picks for the best spots to cheer on the Saints.
Located in the Uptown/Riverbend neighborhood, this beer-centric hotspot has been serving Tulane and Loyola students and locals since 1977. There are TVs and projectors on every wall, making watching any game easy, from long, community tables, intimate booths or while sitting at one of their two bars.
If the munchies begin to take their toll, Cooter’s has a fully stoked kitchen, featuring “elevated bar food” and freshly shucked oysters.
Get there early for the more popular games, as this favorite packs-out quick.
Bayou Beer Garden
Head to Mid-City for one of the best outdoor bars in New Orleans. Temperatures and humidity levels drop during the Fall, creating perfect weather. Take full advantage on Bayou Beer Garden’s expansive, covered patio. There are TVs and outdoor bars throughout, for easy refills without missing a play.
Not a beer fan? Bayou Beer Garden recently opened Bayou Wine Garden. They both are connected and share the courtyard, making it perfect compromise for both beer and wine lovers.
The French Quarter is a epitome of New Orleans. If you want to catch a game while exploring this gem, there’s no better spot than former Saints running back Deuce McAllister’s bar, Ole Saint.
This sports bar has over a hundred different beers in stock, both of draft and in bottles, and state-of-the-art TVs for watching games. Best yet: after the game ends, you’re already in the middle of the Quarter, so you can easily continue your post-game celebration.
We recommend checking-out their weekday happy hour, from 3-7 pm, for rotating specials.
Outside the Dome!
Of course we had to add the Saints tailgating epicenter. Fans numbering in the tens of thousands set up their spots in the areas surrounding the Superdome. There are big screens, giant pots of jambalaya and gumbo and libations aplenty, all with eager-to-share hosts.
Many set-up their tailgating spots hours, even days before kickoff, to take full advantage of the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that surrounds a Saints games. It’s an event you need to experience at least once.
Have we inspired you to go out and embrace New Orleans tailgating culture? We hope to hear a “Who Dat?!” or two soon.
Feel like moseying from tailgating spot to spot? Take your beverage (alcoholic or not) to go! New Orleans is one of the only cities in the U.S. where it is perfectly fine to take your unfinished drink with you (just be sure it’s not in glass). Restaurants and bars keep “go cups” stacked and ready for patrons to enjoy.