The spacious, open-air bar and patio is a sports fan’s happy place. Up a central staircase in the restaurant’s lobby, the covered bar serves more than 70 beers on tap and features large screens playing ESPN mounted on every wall. Visitors can order food from the same menu as the downstairs dining room. On the open deck, locals can play giant Jenga, ping pong and cornhole all while soaking up the hot Louisiana sun.
The patio has an industrial-meets-Irish pub feel. The wooden bar tables, booths and rooftop are complemented by metallic light fixtures, bar stools and modern accents. In a shaded corner, long booths with comfy plaid cushions can seat large groups of friends. It’s a social hub in the making.
The view from the top is unlike any other. Standing next to the neon “Varsity” sign, customers can glance over to LSU’s campus and its stately oaks on one side and gaze toward the bustling North Gates area on the other. This laid-back patio has already become a go-to spot to watch the sunset over a casual dinner and drinks. With football season just getting started and the LSU Tigers kicking off with a strong start, The Chimes rooftop is bound to be a hit.
The Chimes is at 3357 Highland Road. Its hours are Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-midnight.