Ok, so obviously the correct answer to “Where to watch football in Baton Rouge” would be Tiger Stadium.
But since I’m poor and no longer getting student tickets for $12 (those were the days), I’ve created a list of my top places to watch football in Baton Rouge when you can’t always make it into the stadium.
When it comes to watching football, the atmosphere is everything. There has to be plenty of TVs, a fun crowd and obviously good food and cheap drinks. After a long day of tailgating, you want to keep the party going through the game!
Be sure to tell me your favorite places in the comments! And you can shop my look at the end of this post!
1- Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar – With tents, music and Tiger Stadium in sight, Walk-ons hosts one of the biggest game day parties near campus. There’s a full bar inside with restaurant seating, plus you’ve got the additional space outside on game days. It can get a little crowded, so you might have a tough time finding a seat if you want to eat, but it’s worth the wait for those cheese fries! If you want a more relaxed Walk-Ons experience, you can try the one in Towne Center where you’re more likely to find seating to watch the game. There are still plenty of TVs and a fun crowd even away from campus!
2- Pelican House- This is one of my favorite bars any day of the week, so it’s especially fun for football games. They have over 130 beers to choose from and they serve food until 2 a.m. I don’t know about you, but I can definitely get on board with some Braised Duck Nachos while I watch a game! And whether you’re watching LSU or the Saints, there are plenty of TVs all around and even the big screen. Plus, they’re likely to have Food Network on one of the TVs, so say no more!
3- Varsity Theatre/The Chimes – If you don’t mind standing throughout the entire game, then the Varsity has one of the best football-watching atmospheres in town. It will be super crowded, but there’s something about the comradery of a drunken crowd that makes me love this place so much. With the Varsity’s Thirst & $10 deal, you get all you can drink beer during the game, plus The Chimes is right next door if you’re craving some etouffee or red beans & rice. It’s also just a short walking distance out the North Gates of campus.
4- Fred’s in Tigerland – Oh, Tigerland. How I’m way too old for you, but you still hold a special place in my heart. Fred’s opens as early as 9 a.m. on game days, so if you’re feeling extra rowdy this may be the bar for you! Depending on the game, they offer game day steaks, live music, an open bar and more.
5- The Bulldog – With over 80 beers on a tap, The Bulldog is another one of my favorite places to watch football. It can also get a little crowded, so arrive early enough to snag a table for you and your friends. There are TVS all around the bar and even outside on the patio — which is perfect in the fall! And if you’re dog is a football fan, it can come too!
6- Zippy’s Burritos and Tacos– If you’re feeling the patio vibe and some chips & salsa, then Zippy’s is a great game day location. If you’re tired of drinking beer all day, then grab a $4 margarita and enjoy their patio, which has TVs all around for your viewing pleasure.
Did your favorite restaurant/bar make the list? Tell me where you love to watch LSU football in the comments!
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Vintage Lavender & Lace c/o Preppy Tiger Boutique (I’m wearing a size small) | Ankle Boots- similar here (on sale!) & here | Kate Spade Studs (only $38!)| Tassel Crossbody Bag – similar
Photos by Conrad Brethold