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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: 504 593-9761
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Drinking
Description: Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

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Oldest bar in North America

this bldg survived the flames that destroyed the rest of the French Quarter and is now a decent bar. Original blacksmith's shop complete with a coal burning hearth. Drinks are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

this bldg survived the flames that destroyed the rest of the French Quarter and is now a decent bar. Original blacksmith's shop complete with a coal burning hearth. Drinks are pricey due to the constant tourist influx, but the ambience is pretty cool, especially in October. One can feel the ghosts about. A good beginning or ending to a foray... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

As a native of Louisiana, I've been to Lafitte's many times. The hype about this place is because it's the oldest bar in New Orleans. There are definitely more fun places to go on Bourbon, but this place is historical. We were there in August for the Red Dress Run. We stopped in to meet some of our friends. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Apparently America's oldest pub? Love that this place is candlelit and the pianist was just sensational - he could just about play any song anyone suggested. What a fun night out away from the general madness that is Bourbon St.

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Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We were here just before dusk and we loved it. A great historic building with a great atmosphere. We sat on the footpath watching the world go by. On Bourbon St but away from the craziness and down the quieter end.

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Villanova
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Stopped by for a hurricane on recommendation from multiple friends. We were not disappointed. If you want to feel the history of a bar with pirate roots, this is the place. We ordered a hurricane and it was great. Piano bar music was very good and not overbearing, it didn't overwhelm our conversation with our group. The candle lighting added... More 

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Farmingdale
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The building is very cool looking and the inside was candlelit and the story is fascinating, but the smell of the place was terrible. We tried twice to grab a drink here, but the fetid smell turned my belly.

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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Oldest bar in New Orleans (and perhaps the states?) Service is friendly & helpful. Stop for a brew at this historic site where Tennessee Williams frequently drank and perhaps pondered his writings??

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visited here as one of our first stops in New Orleans on a rainy Friday night. I read about this place online and was really excited to check it out. As expected, it was really crowded. The piano table top and the pianist were awesome. I loved the old look of the place, from what I could tell because... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I hadn't been to Bourbon street in a long time (at least 30 years). I did a Bourbon street search before I visited. I saw this historical place on the internet and it interested me right away. It was a great place for my sister and I to visit on a lazy and hot Mother's Day Sunday afternoon. Great crowd... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Took a vacation to New Orleans for St Patrick's Day this year. Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar was the highlight of the trip. Is it old? very! Is it a bit dark inside? Indeed. Are the bathrooms a bit run down? yes, this is not a highway rest stop, it is a almost 300 year old bar. The people were very engaging.... More 

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