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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 #11 of 199 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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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Checked this place out after a friend recommended it, and also after reading a bunch about it. It was perfect. We went on a Sunday afternoon after a Saints game and it was a great laid-back spot with tons of character and history. We didn't get any of the purple drinks, but did have the requisite Abita Purple Haze (bottles... More

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Hamburg, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Ended up going here by chance. There was a make a wish pirate second line parade....all the pirates in the parade went there afterwards. We decided to do the same. One of the oldest buildings and bar. Was very neat inside. Not sure but I think it dates back to the 1700's. A definite to visit while in Nola!!

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Mississippi
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is an amazing place, even if you don't drink. It's down Bourbon a bit away from some of the smells, it is dark and candlelit with piano music and very open air. The purple drink is a perfect New Orleans daiquiri, especially in the summer.

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Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Nice bar away from some of the craziness on Bourbon Street. Friendly atmosphere. Helpful bartenders. Good drinks and reasonably priced

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Santa Clarita, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Smelly, busy and bit run down but that's kinda what I expected. It's a must visit since it's the oldest bar in NOLA and the drink we got which was a purple slushed that tasted like grape powerade was pretty good. I would highly recommend this to others. At least stop by for a few minutes and take photos and... More

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Small little place, no lights. Good drinks, although there's no menu, so you should come in knowing some options! Very historic and worth a visit!

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Claiming to be the oldest bar in the country, the bar disappoints in the drinks that they serve. One would think that if the bar was open for so long, they would figures how to mix drinks.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is supposedly the oldest bar in the country (while I know that there is a bar in Maryland that makes that claim as well, lafitte's is physically older). Recommended to us by a local, this is a cool, old pirate bar. We had their signature purple, slushy drink that was wonderfully cold in the NOLA heat. However, they (like... More

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Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's dark, loud, kind way out of the mainstream, but a great watering hole. The drinks are reasonably priced, and the hurricanes are the best around. No powdered ingredients, here. Take the walk down Bourbon street, and give it a try. Warning...the inside can get a little loud, but the outside seating (though limited) is perfect. I'll certainly be back.

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Slagle, Louisiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is an old pirate bar that has been in existence for years, and it is lit by only candles at night. However, it is just an old bar with regular drinks......a little disappointed.

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