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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
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Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: 504 593-9761
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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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Strong Drinks!

I ordered a Hurricane and before I was even half way done I was feeling pretty happy! It is a few block away from Bourbon Street and more appropriate for the leisure drinker who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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98 reviews 98 reviews
47 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I ordered a Hurricane and before I was even half way done I was feeling pretty happy! It is a few block away from Bourbon Street and more appropriate for the leisure drinker who doesn't want all the crowds. Stop by during the day and you can really see the architecture inside. Order a hurricane-they put real fruit in them.... More 

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Chicago, IL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Small, candlelight atmosphere with New Orleans feel . Away from the crazy-ness of Bourbon Street, more laid back place to hang out.

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Hampstead
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I failed to see the allure of this bar. I understand it is old, but it is so dark, I couldn't even see what I was drinking. It had one of the most disgusting bathrooms I have ever seen. Neither the bathroom or the single stall had a door on it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

It is a must if you are into the history of New Orleans. Love the atmosphere! It is on the quiet end of Bourbon which made the atmosphere more enjoyable 👍

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Lafitte's is easily one of my favorite bars in New Orleans. Even though it's crowded most of the time, the bartenders are great at getting people drinks quickly. Be careful though: the drinks are STRONG and tasty, so the alcohol creeps up on you; especially the voodoo daiquiri. Check it out!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Forget the tourist hype, it was not a blacksmith shop, it was a wrought iron pattern shop, Jean Lafitte had nothing to do with it. That being said, in the evening there's precious little light in the place, Other than a few beer taps all the light comes from candles. Makes traversing the uneven floors all that much more exciting.... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Very rustic and very cool that it is the oldest bar in North America Enjoyed a spirit with the spirits as this place is reputed to be one of the most haunted in the USA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This place is a classic French Quarter bar. Friendly service, cool atmosphere, and it's probably haunted. One of the few places that is enjoyed equally by tourists and locals.

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floRida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The oldest bar in America. I love the atmosphere in the afternoon. People hate the (very modern) jukebox but we picked some queen, billy Joel and other songs to sing with. And sing we did - along with half the bar. There is a piano and they play music some nights. I just like sitting with a beer and talking.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Generous drinks, GREAT service and stayed packed. Lot of locals frequent this bar. Sound system rocks. The favored beverage stop for the Carriage Tours. Thanks Josh!!

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