LSU Tiger tailgating, Crazy-Gumbo-Eating-Cajuns!
Hampton Inn College Drive & Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge are close Death Valley, nightlife and restaurants in downtown Baton Rouge. The Hotel Indigo is located on the beautiful Mississippi River and has a bar and restaurant downstairs. Game day weekends fill up fast so make sure to call and reserve your rooms as early as possible. There is also shuttle from Hotel Indigo to Tiger Stadium for $3.25 (It was in 2012 when I attended the game) round trip.
Thing you can’t miss:
Obviously, spend at least one night in New Orleans. In Baton Rouge the Old State Capitol (Antebellum) , the New State capitol, the USS Kidd warship on the river, the riverboat casinos, the LSU Rural Life Museum, The river road plantation homes, and the Louisiana State Museum in Spanishtown.
For clubs and bars, check out the 3rd street entertainment district, which has a number of museums and bars, the Texas Club, the Varsity (live music), Fred’s, Happy’s (Irish Pub), Roux House (club & live music), and Puncher’s (boxing theme club).
Where to chow down:
Food is a religion in La, especially seafood! Mike Andersons, and Drusilla Seafood are the most popular. All will be crowded on game weekends but you can get in with a reasonable wait, they are used to it.
TJ Ribs is especially good at moving a crowd through on game day and serve BBQ. Juban’s is kind of upscale but has the finest Creole cuisine in town. Boutin’s for Cajun cuisine and music. Good off-campus Bar & Grills abound. The Chimes, Walk-on’s, The Pastime, Chelsea’s, Georges (local institution for Po Boys) , Ivars, Sammy’s, and Brewbachers are all great LSU bars with good food.
And don’t forget 24-hour breakfast at Louie’s Cafe, a classic just-off-campus diner, that is said to have the best omelettes and burgers in town.
If you’re planning to venture out and tailgate with the Crazy-French-Cajuns from Louisiana, the north side LSU lots are small and fill up quickly so get there early. Avoid parking in the high-crime neighborhood to the north of campus, the better parking is on the south side anyway. Late arrival, the big grass lots off the river road aren’t that far from the stadium.
For more information on parking from LSU, see Getting to the LSU Game: Traffic, Parking, and Tailgating
$20 to $50 is about normal.
There is an open container policy on campus, but no one follows it. There are kegs, liquor bottles, and beers in plain sight everywhere. Keep it in a cup just for safety’s sake. The locations around campus are first come / first serve with parking, but a lot of fans consider them “their” spots.
Go see Mike the Tiger’s new habitat, a live Siberian/Bengal Tiger Mascot. The best times to see him are between 8-10am and 5-7pm in the evening to see the most activity. The LSU Tiger Band marches down the hill to Tiger Stadium an hour before the kickoff and it is something to see and hear. It will be crowded, but the crowd response is part of the show. Get in the stadium before kickoff not to miss the entrance video of “Mike the Tiger” and band performance.
Tailgating is a “MUST” around campus before the game. Nobody, I mean nobody, does it better than the LSU tailgaters.