After that nail-biting, hair-raising experience the Saints treated us to on Monday night we could all use a bit of soothing as we head into the next go-round on Sunday when the Saints pay a visit to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. The game kicks off at 3:25 p.m. CST.
With a killer back deck shaded by a verdant garden, a big screen, ten giant televisions inside, great bar food and beer bucket specials on every game day Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357, bayoubeergarden.com) is a solid destination for footballs fans. Arrive early to secure a seat on the deck.
The Bulldog Mid City (5135 Canal Blvd., 504. 488.4191, bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com) offers $3 Bloody Marys from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday. During the game it is $10 pitchers of Coors Light and Miller Light plus assorted bucket specials depending on what is in season. They have some of the best wings in the city plus plenty of outdoor seating – fans when it’s hot, heaters when it’s cold and plenty of shade. There are five outdoor TVs, seven inside, plus a projector. Oh yes, and you may being your dog.
Loads of televisions, a friendly crowd and thriftily priced drinks are generally the order of the day when it’s Game Day. There’s a spot for you no matter where you may find yourself just before kick-off, like at Henry’s Bar (5101 Magazine St., 324-8140, henrysbaruptown.com), Uptown; MRB (Mississippi River Bottom), 515 St Philip St., 524.2558, French Quarter; and Avenue Pub (1732 St Charles Ave., 586-9243, theavenuepub.com), Lower Garden District.
There’s even a spot for those fancy fans seeking a bit of posh for the game. On the surface Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar (320 Magazine St., 766-9425, claretnola.com) may not seem like a sports paradise but that elegant framed mirror centered in the bar? It doubles as a television and it, along with another on the courtyard, will be blasting the game. Three o’clock in the afternoon will launch Rum & Revenge. In partnership with Roulaison Rum, this Sunday Claret will be offering samples of two special cocktails in addition to the regular drink menu: Classic Mai Tais (Roulaison Barrel Aged Reserve Rum, Curacao, orgeat, lime) and Yellow Brick Roads (Roulaison White Rum, Roulaison Amer Herbal Liqueur, passion fruit, chamomile, lemon). Happy Hour usually ends at 5 p.m. but it is being extended for the day until 6 p.m.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love. Go Saints!