Pull up a stool, order a cold one and begin the debate: Did he have full possession?
Super Bowl XLVII may be sold out, but you can still catch it live from one of the great sports bars around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Granted, nothing can compare to front-row seats in the Dome, but giant plasma screens and delicious game-day fare can come pretty close. Here are a few suggestions where you and your team can huddle up and watch the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Call first to check on availability, then grab stools and drinks. The refs definitely can’t hear you from these bars, but that shouldn’t stop you.
Named for the world’s first public movie theater (which opened on Canal Street in 1896), Vitascope Hall carries on the entertainment tradition with an advanced sound system, a smart phone-controlled jukebox and 42 flat-screen TVs. Located on the third floor of the Dome-adjacent Hyatt Regency, you can’t get much closer to the on-field action. Drinks and food go beyond standard bar grub, with everything from craft beers to sushi. 601 Loyola Ave., 504-561-1234
Recently named “Best Sports Bar in North America” by ESPN Mobile, Walk-On’s is fittingly within walking distance of the Dome. If you’re looking for a rowdy atmosphere in which to watch the game (on more than 20 screens), then you can’t go wrong here. Crawfish and other Louisiana staples join burgers and salads on the menu, along with a full selection of beer. Check out the self-serve taps. 1009 Poydras St., 504-309-6530
Owned by former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning (father to Peyton and Eli), this Harrah’s winner scores with gourmet takes on classic sports-bar bites (sweet-potato skins with goat cheese and bacon marmalade, cochon de lait frites). An enormous video wall (and stadium seating) ensures the best possible view of the game, but if that isn’t enough, there are more than 30 TVs spread throughout the place. 519 Fulton St., 504-593-8118