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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 504 593-9761
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Ranked #11 of 201 Nightlife in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
Owner description: Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Oh my word. I've been to NOLA before and took the Haunted History Tour. We decided to do it again while on our trip down there. It leads you through the city and they take a break at the blacksmith shop and allow you to get something to drink, of course recommending the famous hurricanes. It's a layered drink so... More 

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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

It really is a must see type of bar when in New Orleans. No electricity and cool atmosphere make for a fun hangout. They make the best hurricanes in town which will knock you for a loop (skip Pat O's unless you want kool-aid instead of real juice). I wouldnt stay an entire night as there are just too many... More 

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Cedar Park, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We made a stop here during a Ghost Tour and it was a great place to stop. It has its own ghostly history and was a great little bar on top of things. The drinks were great, strong, and well priced! We ended up going back after the tour for a few more!

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New York, NY
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Drinks are nothing special here, but the dark interior is so inviting and cozy, and the live pianist with drunk patrons singing along, I just loved having my nightcap here. The wife was not as enchanted as I was. She went with me to be nice, but she wasn't fond of the place. NOLA was really chilly when we visited,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

As everyone else has mentioned, Lafitte's is the oldest bar in America. I can admit that I'm a sucker for that stuff so that's why I wanted to go. But what I really like about it is that it isn't a tourist trap but somewhere that locals hang out. I imagined a really old, dark, quiet place (kind of like... More 

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Orinda, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Music too loud and those dozen drink machines on the wall? Bizarre.. But an old bar that deserves patronage. Quiet end of the quarter and nice if you do a loop to frenchman and river walk.. Cafe Amelie is around corner so go for charm at cafe , go for old at Lafit

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Livingston, Alabama
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116 reviews 116 reviews
43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

LBS is always on our must visit list when visiting NOLA. This is a no-frills bar with nightly piano beginning at 9pm. The hurricanes are the BEST...yes...the best! Don't miss the opportunity to visit the oldest bar in America.

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Longmont, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

This is a must stop for all visitors. This bar is the oldest structure in the French Quarter. It is also the longest running bar in the US. At night, they have no lights. The only light is candlelight and the jukebox. Very fun.

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Plano, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The only form of light (with the exception of the modernized juke box on the wall) is candlelight! This place oozes character and history! It's the oldest continually occupied bar in the US and said to be the oldest building in New Orleans. It's a historical landmark dating back to before 1772. Their Voodoo (purple/grape) daquiris are SO GOOD and... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Super touristic at this point but still worth going to. But don't go at night. Go during the day and sit by the open windows and watch the world go by. If you sit just right it still looks like it must have 150 years ago with Mule carts passing.

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