Bayou Burger & Sports Company
50s Bourbon St., (504) 529-4256; 3226 Magazine St., (504) 224-6024; www.bayouburger.com
The vibe: These sports bar restaurants keep it simple with nothing obstructing views of the many large flatscreen TVs — even guests at picnic tables outside the Uptown location can see the action through large picture windows.
What you'll drink: Local craft beers from Abita, NOLA Brewing Company, Tin Roof Brewing Company and others; twists on classic cocktails, such as the Bayou bloody mary or the Drunken Palmer (Firefly Sweet Tea vodka and lemonade).
Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The vibe: With its long rows of tables, Cooter's long had been a gathering spot for students from nearby universities and Riverbend neighbors to watch hometown teams from on the TVs that circle the barroom.
What you'll drink: A wide selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles from regional (NOLA Brewing Company, Parish Brewing Company, Bayou Teche Brewing), and American (New Belgium Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Evil Twin Brewing) breweries and from around the globe.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com
The vibe: This Irish pub is a Mid-City hub for fans of European soccer leagues and international competitions, rugby and the Gaelic Games. There's also local competition at Monday night trivia contests.
What you'll drink: Guinness on draft, cocktails such as the Mother Ocean (rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice).
SportsBeat Pub & Cafe
3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 838-9563
The vibe: A casual spot for sports fans to gather for big games or play darts or video poker, plus there's a full menu of po-boys, burgers, steaks and daily specials.
What you'll drink: Cold beer.
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