With the success of the New Orleans Saints in recent years, it seems that almost every New Orleans bar has become a sports bar, with few of them willing to risk a quiet fall Sunday afternoon. But some bars take it all to another level. Here is our quick scouting report.
Finn McCool's Come August and pre-season, fans can watch the Saints at this Mid-City Irish pub. But in recent weeks, it's been the hub for soccer fans packing the bar to watch the European championships on an array of large flatscreen TVs and one particularly large projection screen. Perhaps fittingly for New Orleans colonial allegiances, the recent quarterfinal match between 2010 World Cup champion Spain and France was packed from the front door to the kitchen door in back. There seemed to be an even split between the teams' fans, but the drink of choice seemed to be a pint of Guinness. 3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com
Fox & Hound By the numbers, this Elmwood sports center is hard to beat. There are flatscreen TVs broadcasting an array of sports, from football to mixed martial arts, a large menu of appetizers to nosh on and plenty of beers on draft. 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com
Manning's New Orleans Former Saints quaterback Archie Manning may have signed on to a sports restaurant, but sports viewing is the prime draw here, especially for those fans able to snag one of the comfortable reclining chairs facing the 7.5 foot large-screen TV. 519 Fulton St., 593-8118; www.facebook.com/manningsnola
Shamrock Whether one wants to play games or watch sports, Shamrock has plenty of space for both — with plenty of TVs as well as more than 20 pool tables, darts, ping pong, foosball and much more. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 373-5830; www.shamrockparty.com
Walk-Ons On game nights, Walk-Ons is often standing room only. During the recent NBA finals, it was hard to find an unoccupied blonde-wood booth, and if you wanted one outfitted with a tableside beer tap: no chance. 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com