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Top Super Bowl Events In NOLA
Though Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 will mark a record-tying 10th time New Orleans has hosted the big game—Miami also holds that distinction—the city feels like it’s gearing up to host its first. The combination of legendary food, a 24-hour party scene and good-natured locals makes The Big Easy’s festive football atmosphere hard to top. If you want to be there to watch the San Francisco 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in the game already being dubbed the “Harbaugh Bowl” (brothers Jim and John Harbaugh are head coaches of the opposing teams), you’ll have to be resourceful since most hotel rooms are spoken for. If you’re one of the lucky ones heading down to New Orleans (or just want to live vicariously), our Startle.com editors have the scoop on all the spots where NFL fans can enjoy Super Bowl week like a pro.
Organizers are also trumpeting New Orleans’ game as the first walkable Super Bowl, meaning fans can get to events, parties and restaurants without a car. Le Pavillon Hotel, just a five-minute walk from the Superdome, has a champagne Sunday brunch fit for an offensive lineman—think waffle, omelet and carving stations, and a buffet with everything from eggs benedict and quiche Lorraine to seafood gumbo and smoked salmon. Red Fish Grill, also within walking distance to the Superdome, expects to be even busier than it was during the 2002 Super Bowl when it served 15,000 oysters. And when it comes to crazy cocktails, you’ll find them everywhere on Bourbon Street, but we think Loews New Orleans Hotel’s Swizzle Stick Bar’s “Wait ’Til Next Year” is the early MVP. It’s a mix of amber rum, Angostura bitters and various citrus juices, and is bar chef Lu Brow’s drinkable ode to the Saints’ woes.
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