Tailgating comes to an end and the crowd starts to disperse, after everyone with tickets heads to the Superdome for the game. So where do you go now? Cheering on the Saints doesn’t have to be only in the Superdome. Here are some places that are ten minutes away from the Dome that give you the best game day experience with drink specials, flat screen TV’s and great food.
1. Vitascope Hall (in the Hyatt Regency Hotel)
601 Loyola Ave | (504) 561-1234 | http://neworleans.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/VitascopeHall.html
After the Saints pre-game, stop by and enjoy watching the game on their 42” flat screen TVs, and become a DJ with their interactive app that allows you to play your favorite songs.
2. Handsome Willy’s
218 S. Robertson | 504-525-0377 | http://www.handsomewillys.com/hw/
At this downtown funk spot, reap all the benefits of game day Sunday where you can watch the game and indulge in game day specials.
3. Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St | (504) 309-6530 | http://www.walk-ons.com/
The acclaimed number one sports bar is conveniently just blocks away from the Superdome. Aside from watching the game from multiple flat screen TV’s, you can also try their Sunday Funday specials which include: $10 Mimosa Pitchers, $3 Bloody Marys, and two-for-one drinks.
519 Fulton St. | (504) 593-8118 | https://www.facebook.com/ManningsNOLA
Have no fear, you will feel you have your own personal TV here. Manning’s offers more than 30 flat screen TVs, including a 13’x7.5’ mega-screen. Just to up the game day experience a notch, the bar also has a sports anchor desk and unique memorabilia from Louisiana's first football family (the Mannings, of course).
5. Club XLIV
Lasalle St, New Orleans, LA 70113 | 504-587-3663 | http://www.champions-square.com/plan-your-visit/club-xliv-on-saints-game-days
Pregame or later, watch the game at Champions Squares’ swanky club. Club XLIV wants you to pregame like a VIP before every Saints game. The club offers a premium complimentary cocktail ($10 value) with the $10 price of admission (cash only). But if the VIP treatment makes you want to go to inside the Dome even more, dance your way into getting two free game tickets at their dance contests.
6. Allegro Bistro
1100 Poydras St. | (504) 582-2350 | http://www.allegrobistro.com/
Looking for a restaurant that will tailgate with you and let you watch the game after? Well if you haven’t heard, Allegro is the place to go. Traditionally the restaurant tailgates before every home game at Ground Zero of the Who Dat Nation, and then moves the party back to their restaurant on Poydras. At the tailgate the chefs make fresh food off the grill and have ice cold beer.
7. Gordon Biersch Brewery
200 Poydras St, New Orleans | (504) 552-2739 | http://www.gordonbiersch.com
Your eyes won't know where to go and what to do when it comes to either focusing on the game or gazing at the creation of beer right in front of you. The huge restaurant opens its door to any and all Saints fans (other folks are welcome too).
8. Happy's Irish Pub
1009 Poydras St | 504-304-9236 | http://www.happysirishpub.com/locations/new-orleans
This place is Saints-approved by Drew Brees himself, who co-owns the fan favorite Irish pub. Enjoy a variety of bar drinks, multiple TVs and free popcorn.
601 Loyola Ave. | 504-613-3860 | www.borgnerestaurant.com
Meet the perfect combination of Saints and seafood when you go to this restaurant. There is also a huge bar and multiple TV’s to watch the game.
601 Tchoupitoulas St. | (504) 335-1740 | http://barcadianeworleans.com/
The Saints aren’t the only ones trying to win a game when you go to Barcadia. Drink like an adult, play like a kid, and watch the game like a sports fan at this major tailgating spot.