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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 #13 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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Charleston, West Virginia, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you want to go somewhere that isn't loud and obnoxious, this is your place. Great old building with a history. Enjoy the piano bar in the back!

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New York City, New York
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102 reviews 102 reviews
66 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I loved this bar. The drinks were fab. I loved the piano player. So much fun! We gathered around the piano while the pianist was playing and singing. We all sang along with her. I loved the ambiance of the bar, dimly light with cool candles with feathers in them. This was definitely a memorable and unique place. Would defintely... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is the right place to go when you want a real hurricane. Don't waste your time on boozy fruit juices. Building is really classic too.

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Delray Beach
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77 reviews 77 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Don't waste your taste buds on any other Hurricane drink-this is the only place to get them! Dive bar with character. Hit or miss on the friendliness of the bartenders. Get one from here and enjoy your stroll down crazy Bourbon Street. Then turn around and come back for another because no matter how hard you try, you won't find... More

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Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I heard a lot about how different this place was compared to other bars on Bourbon street but we must have went on a a night where it was like a frat party. It was so loud, people were yelling and it didn't have that vibe that I was expecting. Yes, it was really dark and I'm sure would have... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Loved seeing this bar for the historic value. We went at night so it was really nice seeing it lit by only candles. Only downside bartenders were not friendly and it was during the week and not crowded. Not the southern hospitality we saw through out New Orleans!

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Pennsylvania
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A local recommended Lafitte's because of the bar's history, so our group decided to check it out. We tried the Purple Voodoo which was very tasty. The place is dark, but does have a patio. We stopped during the day, and it wasn't too busy, but I heard it can get quite crowded. It is definitely worth a visit, even... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Lafitte's is an enigmatic bar that defies conventional reviewing because of the ever changing clientele that comes across the threshold. I've been to NOLA dozens of times in the 30 plus years and do not consistently stop in for a drink but do stop in frequently enough to see some loud weekend crowds that are just short of kneeling in... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is one of three oldest buildings in New Orleans, which means it survived two major fires. During some years it was the hangout for Jean Lafitte, the pirate, and his crew. I visited in the evening, perfect for ambience as the place is candlelit. I heard that their hurricanes were the best, and they are excellent! I was there... More

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Westminster, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My husband and I visited Lafitte's on a Wednesday evening. The place wasn't packed but there was a good sized crowd of rednecks hanging out by the jukebox. The bar itself is dark and the atmosphere could be spooky if it wasn't for the loud country music.

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