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Game day is no small feat in the South. From over-the-top tailgates to must-have foods and special traditions, Fall Saturdays offer something for everyone. Each season, thousands of football fans flock to college towns across the South to join in the festivities. In Oxford, Mississippi, you’re doing something wrong if you don’t visit The Grove. In Auburn, Alabama, all big wins must end with Toomer’s Corner rolling. And in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, big game days start and end at the Chimes.
The bar and restaurant is a favorite spot for enthusiastic LSU fans looking to partake in the game day magic. If the week brings a triumphant victory, expect a loud celebration. In the event of a heartbreaking defeat, it’s also ideal for drowning your sorrows and sympathizing with other disappointed fans over a pint and a bowl of okra.
Just a 15-minute walk from Tiger Stadium, the popular hangout is located on the corner of Highland Road and Chimes Street in the historic North Gate area of campus. Once you see The Varsity vintage neon sign, you know you’ve made it. The iconic former theater is now a popular concert hall and nightclub. Its next door neighbor, formerly Stitman’s Drugs and later Maxwell Drugs, has been The Chimes since 1983.
The sprawling bar and restaurant is known for its flag-draped walls, huge selection of draft beers and giant booths perfect for cramming in with all your friends. In 2019, the iconic spot underwent a major expansion, adding to its existing space with a huge patio and rooftop bar. With TVs lined up on every wall and a bird’s eye view of the campus’ lovely magnolias and giant oak trees, there’s no better place to watch the game than Tiger Stadium itself. Giant Jenga, cornhole, ping pong, and a full bar add to the lively atmosphere.
Head to the bar for a drink, then sit down to a meal of game-day favorites from the South, plus Cajun specialties you’ll only find in the Bayou. Start with fried pickles, crawfish fries and black pudding spring rolls for the table, then choose between a New Orleans-style BBQ Shrimp Po’boy, a Chimes Club sandwich or a plate of fried catfish. Picking what to order might not be easy, but making The Chimes part of your play day is an absolute no-brainer. You are guaranteed to leave full, happy and planning your next visit. It’s an LSU game day tradition not to be missed.