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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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60 reviews 60 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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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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
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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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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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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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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We stopped to have a drink and asked for a drink menu. The bar tender said, "We don't have a drink menu." So we asked what beer there was. The bar tender replied, "That's self explanatory." Apparently there is only 4 beers at the bar, all of which happen to be on tap. Bourbon street only has a few other... More

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Harveys Lake Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was told to stop and get a Voodoo daiquiri....OMG the best drink on Bourbon St. I will be back ! It was very busy the night I got the drink. There are pictures of famous folks hanging on the one wall. Oldest bar in the country,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My family stopped at Lafitte's during a ghost tour in New Orleans. We were only there for a brief time, but I ordered one of their specialty drinks - a Voodoo something - and it was delicious. It tasted like an adult slushy and was just what I needed to keep me cool during the humid summer night. They have... More

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Kansas City MO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I love the no electric lights at night and the historical aspect of the place. Just have to have a drink here to say you have been there

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