By Matt Bennett
Tired of watching overly dramatic, grown men roll around in agony after being “tripped” by another player? Ready for some actual physical contact, sensational one-handed catches and incredible 100-yard touchdown returns? Well, thank God for football. That’s right soccer, step aside, the headlining act’s here and they’re ready to take their rightful place on the main stage: Saturday night in Death Valley.
But for many, getting in to Death Valley can be a challenge. Paying for a game with Eastern Michigan is nothing compared to coughing up for an LSU/Auburn showdown. While no venue on earth will ever produce the electrifying atmosphere Tiger Stadium lights up Saturday nights in the fall with, less fortunate Bayou Bengal fans can still enjoy family, friends, food, and football throughout the Red Stick this season.
Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar
Full of crystal-clear, flat-screen TV’s showing all of the SEC games, friendly bartenders overflowing pitchers with the coldest Abita draft beer in town, and a hot kitchen frying up only the finest of Louisiana catfish fillets smothered in crawfish etouffe. Walk On’s Bistreaux and Bar, like the 2007 National Championship LSU football team, rightfully claims top mention on your list of venues to root for the Tigers.
From Snoop Dog to Willie Nelson, the quality of acts playing the Varsity keeps getting higher and higher. However, arguably the best show the iconic Baton Rouge landmark puts on all year doesn’t feature any world famous musicians at all. Hundreds of passionate purple and gold fans rooting for their beloved Tiger’s on the theatre’s massive main screen – and it’s a sight to see. So, if you haven’t experienced an LSU game day here yet, head over after the tailgate and enjoy great drink specials (dollar shots anyone?) along with classic game day foods such as savory chicken and sausage jambalaya, heavenly jalapeno cheese fries, and of course, hot wings with a side of ranch.
Zippy’s Burrito’s, Taco’s, and More
Close your eyes. Now imagine sitting on an outdoor patio with your best friends eating tasty chips and salsa, sipping strong top-shelf margaritas, and enjoying the game on dozens of TV’s all while a cool, refreshing Louisiana autumn breeze blows in. Welcome to the Zippy’s, Burrito’s, Taco’s, and More game day experience. Be sure to stick around after the Tiger’s win too as the bar keeps the libations coming until 2 a.m. and the kitchen satisfies those late night cravings until 3 a.m.
Schlittz and Giggles
What’s better than a 32-ounce pitcher of beer? A 96-ounce tower of beer, that’s what. In all fairness, the pitcher, like LSU’s ACC foe this season Syracuse, while not necessarily bad, at the end of the day one’s just way bigger and undoubtedly more potent than the other. Pair those frigid brews, with some sweltering slices of pizza, and throw in a 196” TV screen showing the Tiger’s rip apart their opponent and holy schlittz, you’ll have yourself an incredible night, guaranteed.
Pluckers on Bluebonnet
If you’re not up to fighting downtown gameday traffic, but you still want an awesome football experience, check out Pluckers on Bluebonnet. While all Pluckers are created equal, the one on Bluebonnet has the added advantage of size, screens, and most importantly an absence of mind-exploding traffic at the end of the day. Besides awesome wings, Pluckers does burgers, sandwiches, and drinks just right for a long, tipsy, and satisfying LSU football experience.