Tracey’s, located in the Irish Channel, is a New Orleans relic that is loved by locals and tourists alike.
The original Tracey’s, opened in 1949, moved to the Magazine street location only a few years after opening. The Magazine location used to be a pool hall downstairs and a brothel upstairs. Today, it’s one of the hottest sports bars in New Orleans.
As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice the giant seating area with sports memorabilia hanging, bar area and window to order food. Above the food window, you might notice the big Tracey’s sign. This sign is from the original building in 1949. Jeff, the current owner of Tracey’s, talked about the sign.
“I actually had that sign in my backyard for a while before we put it up here,” he says. “I used to call my backyard Tracey’s.”
And the food at Tracey’s is reason enough to visit. Jeff admitted that there are some clear favorites on the menu.
“We’re definitely best known for our Po-Boys,” he says. “When it’s in season, the Fried Softshell Crab Po-Boy is a huge local favorite.”
Tracey’s is serving up another New Orleans classic for the hungrier guests.
“You have to try our Muffaletta,” says Jeff. “The whole is gigantic. I really don’t know anyone who can finish it.”
Tracey’s is a common hangout for Louisiana sports fans during football season.
“LSU and Saints games are a big deal here,” he says. “We also get all of the big fights and play a ton of other sports here.”
If you happen to be in town for St. Patrick’s Day, Tracey’s is the rallying point for one of the biggest parties in the Big Easy.
“We shut the entire block down,” says Jeff. “This is ground zero for St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans.”