When the University of Alabama and Clemson University compete in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the crowd inside the Superdome will roar with excitement. But that enthusiasm will also pervade the city — especially at the bars and restaurants where the fans of each team tend to gather.
Fat Harry’s in Uptown attracts Clemson Tigers, while The Rusty Nail in the Warehouse District beckons Crimson Tide devotees. With students and alumni arriving from across the country, both bars are expecting a busy weekend full of reunion-like bonhomie, along with food specials, pep rallies and brass band music.
“It’s always fun when Alabama and Clemson meet,” said Deborah Kraft, the president of the New Orleans-Alabama Alumni Chapter. “I don’t consider Clemson a huge rivalry. They’re equally as good of a team as Alabama.”
She’s one of the many local Alabama fans that will spend game day at The Rusty Nail, which is co-owned by David Brown, an Alabama alum.
“He became a member of our Chapter and offered The Rusty Nail as