Bayou Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s reopening in Mid-City in time for football kickoff

Some popular Mid-City bars gear up for reopening as New Orleans turns its attention to football season.

Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden announced they will reopen for the first time during the pandemic on Thursday, Sept. 10.

In a post shared on social media, the two neighboring spots say they will now use one central location for entry. A tent in the rear parking lot on North Rendon Street will serve as the check-in spot. Masks will be required for entry.

Source: Bayou Beer Garden via Facebook

Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine garden will now only serve guests via table service, with all seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will also now be able to order from either location’s menu right from their table.

Both locations have been closed since March 16, when stay-at-home orders went into effect. Now, the prime game-watching locations open back up just in time for Saints fans ready to yell, “Who Dat,” at TV screens during an unprecedented football season.

Upon reopening, hours for Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden are currently 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

These Mid-City spots join a growing trend of local bars reopening under state-issued restaurant conditional permits, which essentially allows them to operate as restaurants while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Other spots following this trend around Mid-City are Wrong Iron and Beachcorner Bar and Grill.


Nearby, Finn McCool’s Irish Pub on Banks Street recently opened again last weekend on Sept. 4.

This is the second reopening for the popular Irish pub. Previously, Finn McCool’s reopened in June before tightened restrictions on bars forced it to close again.

Finn McCool’s will also operate as a restaurant, with table service only, similar to Bayou Beer Garden.

The pub also beefs up its bar menu with some new $5 bar bites from the kitchen — including mini spicy meat pies and boudin balls.