10 Best New Orleans Sports Bars for Watching the Big Game

New Orleans will host the Big Game in 2025, but what if you’re in the Big Easy for the Big Game LVII? The NFL’s 2023 championship game is on February 12th in Arizona. So if you’re watching the game from New Orleans, make plans to view it from one of the best sports bars in the city.

Get together with friends and family at Walk-On’s in New Orleans, The American Sports Saloon, or catch the game from the easy chairs at Manning’s. For a more low-key vibe, hit the Rusty Nail, Bruno’s, or The Jimani. Other favorites are Fin McCool’s, Tracey’s, Cooter Brown’s, and Mid-City Yacht Club.

No matter where you plan to watch, call ahead and ask if they have any specials for the big game day. Most places won’t take reservations, so you’ll want to get there early to snag some good spots.

1. Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

This casual franchise was formed by two friends on LSU’s basketball team that started as walk-ons (unrecruited athletes). The first location opened in 2003 near Tiger Stadium. With tons of TVs, good food, and a variety of cocktails and spirits, it’s a top spot for football fans.

2. The American Sports Saloon

This local bar is only a couple minutes’ walk from the historic French Market in New Orleans. Enjoy draft beers, pub grub, and a laid-back vibe as you gather around the big-screen TVs. The saloon hosts watch parties for major events, so check out their plans for the Big Game.

3. Mid City Yacht Club

Locals love to hang out at this sports bar, whether it’s to catch a game, have a crawfish boil, or just drink some beers. It’s a favorite spot for many to watch the Big Game and also offers patio seating in their courtyard.

4. Manning’s

Want to watch the big game as if you’re in your own living room? Then get to Manning’s early (really early) in hopes of scoring one of the coveted leather recliners. Kick back and indulge in pub grub with a Cajun-Creole twist as you cheer for your favorite team.

5. The Rusty Nail

If your dog’s joining you on Super Bowl Sunday, this chill hangout in the Big Easy offers a dog-friendly patio. But even if you’re Fido-free, this top contender for watching the game is a popular pick for locals and tourists.

6. Cooter Brown’s Tavern

Grab some raw oysters, choose from over 400 beers, and root for your team at this uptown sports bar. Cooter Brown’s has been a New Orleans staple for decades, opening in 1977 and providing a perfect stomping ground for many sports fans.

7. Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Pub

Play some pool, watch the Big Game, and eat a messy, delicious po-boy at this low-key pub in the Irish Channel. Featuring hundreds of beers, including lots of local picks and tasty cocktails, there’s something for everyone at Tracey’s. 

8. Fin McCool’s

Fin McCool’s is another Irish pub that draws a lot of crowds on game day and is considered by many as NOLA’s premier sports bar. This green corner building boasts good food, plentiful drinks, pool tables, and lots of TVs. But you’ll need to get there early to grab a good spot. Prepare for a crowd, but know you’ll have a blast.

9. Bruno’s Tavern

The main clientele at Bruno’s is the college crowd, but all are welcome at this laid-back neighborhood hangout. Grab a beer, chow down on pub snacks and grub, and catch the game with your best buds. 

10. The Jimani

Claiming to be the favorite sports bar in New Orleans for more than 40 years, you won’t find The Jimani on any tourist map. Prepare for a crowd with great food, over 100 beers, and huge screens to watch the game. Check it out if you want a more local experience during your stay.

After the game, catch a streetcar back to your inviting room at the Blake Hotel to refresh for your next NOLA adventure. Don’t feel like going out on game day? Pick up some satisfying homemade fare and a cocktail at our on-site restaurant, Cafe at the Square. Get it to go and watch the game from the comfort of your hotel room.