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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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Mississippi
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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
27 helpful votes 27 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I absolutely LOVE this little bar, that is not only historic, but friendly and cozy, tucked into a residential area of Bourbon Street. The bartender Kate, is fantastic and always on her game! They make their own Bloody Mary mix and it is delicious! There are, of course, ghost stories associated with the bar. I love the mystery surrounding the... More

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Atlanta
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Me and my friends were there last Saturday night and the two piano players (one played the other sang) scammed patrons for money all night. They would only play request for the highest bidder (usually ten dollars or more) and if they did play your song they played like 30 to 60 seconds of it and moved on asking for... More

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