- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Soccer fans watch a World Cup match at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub.
Many bars broadcast sports but these hubs aren't playing games when it comes to the variety of offerings.
Cooter Brown's Tavern
This Riverbend tavern has all a sports fan could ask for: a very large selection of beer, raw oysters, many televisions and rows of tables to accommodate a crowd. University students can keep an eye on a wide range of sports and their hometown teams from all corners of the bar. The menu of New Orleans favorites includes everything from muffulettas to po-boys. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com, @CooterBrowns504
The sports bar is filled with memorabilia from the family that gave it its name, from Archie to Eli. There are more than 30 televisions but the focal point is a 13 foot by 7.5 foot megascreen with stadium seating. Order from a menu of comfort food inspired by the Mississippi Delta and a full selection of wine, beer and cocktails. 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.com, @ManningsNOLA
American Sports Saloon
Just off the French Market, this sports hub has a neighborhood feel. There are more than 30 televisions and surround sound. The bar has a dozen beers on tap and plenty to keep fans occupied during commercial breaks, including darts, live music, weekly crawfish boils and themed nights. 1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782; www.facebook.com/americansportssaloon
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
Soccer fans regularly gather (even at early hours) at this pub to watch matches from around the world, but it's a mini United (or divided) Nations during the World Cup. The Wonderful World of Sports Quiz Night is a calendar staple. Enjoy a bloody Mary and look up at any of the bar's flat screen televisions, or take a break from the game on the sidewalk outside, which has picnic tables. 3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com, @finnmccolspub
Jiggers has eight televisions for game day, not to mention a collection of dartboards, pool tables and video games to keep you occupied. With grill food, most notably a hamburger, you won't go hungry, and a daily happy hour ensures that you won't break the bank, either. 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 828-3555
On Sunday Funday, the sports bar offers $10 mimosa pitchers in addition to its regular happy hour, which is Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are 50 televisions inside, to be watched with one of 24 beers on tap in hand. Some tables have their own taps, so patrons can pour their own brews. 1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com, @walk_ons
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