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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
504 593-9761
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Ranked #10 of 198 nightlife in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Historic Sites
Activities: Drinking
Traveler Description: Reported to be the oldest bar in the USA.  Order a T-shirt while you are there, and take a look at the live music. The quality is inconsistent, but... more »
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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We spent a rainy afternoon here. Such a classic atmosphere and relaxing time. Had a hurricane. ..and it tasted great, not like too sweet tropical punch. Dont miss!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

The building is the coolest in the city and my imagination goes crazy with the thoughts of what has occured here in the hundred s of years since this place came to be. Bartenders will fill you in on the history and serve up a mighty potent Hurricane. There are no lights in the bar area, only daylight and candle... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We've been here a few times each on each of our trips to Nola. I love the piano player and the ambiance at night with no electric lights. A really cool place to have a drink away from the bustle of bourbon st

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

On bourbon st but far away from the hectic, craziness of it all. Reported to be the oldest bar in the USA, with a great history to boot. Piano player and good stiff drinks. Loved it!

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This place is the furthest place on Bourbon Street from Canal Street, so started here in the AM. We had to wait for them to open, had a Bloody Mary and enjoyed the ambiance of no electricity because the bar is 'original'. As is

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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

AG, Fannie PAk, IAGMI, Heaver, and Bry Bry juts go to Lafitte's on our vacation of love tour for tasty beverages! We be very hot and sweaty and need some place to cool down and outside in the shade was perfect. Many tours go by Lafitte's for that thar history lesson and supposidly the ghost in the fire place! IAGMI... More

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Griffin, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The great thing about this Bar is the history, since it has been here since the 1700's. The drinks are good too, with a great late night vibe. Check it out.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Travel in time back 200 years and think of what has sat at this bar. Great hurricanes, friendly staff, open door environment with tables outside. By the 2nd visit you are a regular and know the people sitting outside and the names of their dogs. This became a nightly visit 4 of the 5 nights in NOLA

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Dark, seedy, rustic, primitive, pseudo-hipster, its charm lays in its lack of modern amenity. The drinks are wonderful and generous (can you say souvenir cup?), the bathroom is totally dodgy, and it feels like the whole place is lit by one single candle.....and I mean all of this as a good thing. Historically significant or not, this place revels in... More

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Lafittes is one of those places to check-out when in New Orleans and on Bourbon Street. We have been before and returned recently. It has added some new space for seating additional customers, but still maintains its old historic charactor. It is know as one of the oldest bars and worthy of a short visit. They make a good drink... More

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