Although the Saints’ season doesn’t kick off until September 11 in the Dome against the Minnesota Vikings, pre-season is underway as of August 10 at Cleveland. So, suit up, people — and let the party begin!
If you’re not a season ticket holder, and if you don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of hosting game day get-togethers at your home, you need to stake out your official black and gold headquarters. We’ve put together a list of fun and festive bars and restaurants in West St. Tammany Parish for you to consider.
(985) 624-9331; beachhousemandeville.com
This super fun Old Mandeville party place typically shows the games (with local coverage, as well as the NFL network for fantasy players) on their multiple televisions and over the sound system, as well as two 70-inch televisions on the big, covered outdoor patio and bar area. Plus, they usually offer wing and nacho specials, plus specials on their beer buckets and 32-ounce buckets of rum punch and margaritas, not to mention Saints trivia and prizes. As always, they have a big, playful coastal menu, sandy play area for the kiddos, and it’s located a block away from the lakefront.
(985) 327-0124; www.buffalowildwings.com
A big, flashy sports-lover’s paradise, known as “B-Dubs” to regulars, this popular chain shows the games on dozens of televisions and the sound systems. The menu includes a kids’ section, salads, wraps, burgers, and pretty much any sort of stadium or bar food you can think of, but the main attraction is a wide variety of that staple of any decent game day party: wings. There’s also a full bar, but more importantly, a huge selection of domestic, imported, and craft beers.
(985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com
Sundays at this big, airy Cajun-Creole restaurant and bar are always popular with the brunch crowds, but the lure of Saints games on the sound system and 24 televisions makes it a certified party. In addition to their lively menu, packed with local favorites like po-boys, oysters, boudin, and fried seafood, this locally based chain also has a full bar and an elaborate beer menu (with many on tap), and rotating beer specials on game days. And don’t forget its coolest feature — the expansive wooden boardwalk that leads down to a pretty little stretch of the adjacent Bogue Falaya River.
Who Dat, y’all!