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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Weekend Watering Hole: Cooter Brown's, New Orleans, La.

As a regular weekend feature, Lyke2Drink will visit some of the world's great watering holes. This week we head to New Orleans to visit a stop worth leaving Bourbon Street to visit.

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
509 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans has been slow to recover from Hurricane Katrina, but the return of the National Football League's Saints to the Superdome on Monday marks one key milestone for the city. It took $163 million to build the Superdome back in the mid-1970s. The repair and renovation work that is still being completed has a $180 million price tag. To reopen the place the pre-game festivities include U2, Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls and former President George H.W. Bush. In a city known for its party atmosphere, there are a number of great watering holes. Since 1977, Cooter Brown's, located in the Riverbend area, has been known for its beer selection and sandwiches.

Cooter Brown's is about a 30 minute street car ride away from the French Quarter. It is worth the trip. You'll find 400 brands of domestic and imported bottled beers and 45 beers on tap. Raw oysters, boiled crawfish, seafood and poor boys (New Orleans-style sub sandwiches) will give you something to wash down with all of that beer.

Cooter Brown's is a great place to catch a game, thanks to 15 television sets with satellite feeds. The bar has a collection of caricature wood carvings of more than 100 dead celebrities on its walls. You can shoot pool or play video poker.

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