New Orleans Saints fans are constantly rated among the best in the NFL and are raved about by players across the league for their intense dedication to the team, win or lose. Throngs of fans line the access roads to the airports following away games, fans take over opposing stadiums so that cheers of “Who Dat” can be heard over television broadcasts, and the Who Dats make the Superdome one of the NFL’s most raucous and difficult venues for opposing teams. One problem this creates is a sold out Dome each season and a years long waiting list, so everyone needs the low-down on great places to watch Saints games. Here’s our top five picks.
Top 5 Places to Watch a Saints Game
1. The R Bar. One of my friends described the R Bar as “the best and rowdiest way to watch a Saints game.” The Marigny bar certainly has all of the requisites to make the list: a massive screen, drink specials and free food. However, it is the lagniappe the R Bar offers that has gotten my friend so enamored. Namely the Voodoo doll of the opposing team, yellow flags strew about for tossing at the TV, and shots after wins. Just when you think you’re prepared for it all, this bar is ready to throw you for a loop. Try not to act so surprised if a brass band wanders in during half time — it’s all just part of the unpredictable chaos of a Saints game at the R Bar.
2. 45 Tchoup. There’s no better way to get a glimpse of the city’s kind, strange and wonderful people than crashing a neighborhood dive bar. I can’t say that there is anything elegant about 45 Tchoup, but it feels undeniably comfortable. The regulars are nice as can be, the drinks are great and affordable, and things can get a little crazy for Saints games. That’s a winning combination for Saints Sunday if I ever heard one.
3. Irish House. The Irish House is an amazing place filled with non-stop events and specials. Saints games are no exception. Beer and wing specials and tons of TVs make this a grand place to watch a game. And considering how potent the Saints’ offense is, the already jubilant atmosphere can kick into high gear pretty quickly with free shots for every Saints score.
4. Bayou Beer Garden. Fall in New Orleans is a magical time of year, and Bayou Beer Garden’s massive outdoor patio and numerous TVs make it an ideal place to catch a Saints game and enjoy the amazing weather. Add in an extensive beer list, including an intense devotion to locally made beers, and you’ve got a pretty tough to beat combination.
5. Mid-City Yacht Club. No, this isn’t a real yacht club but a neighborhood bar in the Mid-City area of town. The Yacht Club features a newly minted outdoor patio with a jumbo TV. A revamped menu accompanies the new patio. That brunch is now served makes showing up early for those noon games way easier. Inside you’ll find HD TVs on virtually every surface around the bar, to the point you can’t help but watch the game, and a great bar. And when the game is over and you want to relive the glory of Drew Brees’ game winning touchdown pass, just grab your friends and head to the park across the street.