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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 #9 of 197 nightlife in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Norfolk, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

In the week we stayed in New Orleans, we visited this bar on two different nights. The history alone is cool, but the hurricanes were hands down the best I've had. The bartenders could stand to be a little friendlier, but overall nothing that would keep me from coming back. The atmostphere was awesome and we were fortunate to visit... More

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Metro Detroit
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Second time here, second time without music. The whole experience was ruined because the television was on. And yes, the bartenders clearly hate their job.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stopped by for a signature cocktail. The atmosphere is interesting. Its supposed to be one of, if not, the oldest bar in the country. Its very pretty, even though it almost looks like its crumbling. Wish we could have stopped by at night for the candle only lighting, however it was quite far from our hotel on the opposite... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

So cute! Great atmosphere! Awesome drinks. The service was quick and the recommended some great places to check out. We loved the old structure of the building! Great place to check out and get a drink.

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Long Beach, California
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69 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was a rest stop on our Vampire Tour. At night, the bar is only lit by candles. Great atmosphere. A must see.. It supposed to be the oldest bar in the US. The tour guide told us some great stories about the bar.

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Atlanta
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

On our walking tour of New Orleans French Quarter, happened upon this historic place and went in for some refreshments. It is old and full of character. Lots of history here and the locals are all here also. Prices are a bit high but not out of line. It was mid afternoon when we were there and there were few... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This little blast from the past is a neat place to stop. The place is lit by candlelight though it does have electricity. Its a neat feeling to sit and have a drink and ponder the history of the place. The drinks aren't bad either!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Who needs the crowded bars, sugar-filled shot girls & annoying belligerents when you can relax and enjoy yourself at a bar like this? My absolute FAVORITE bar! I'm from Houston & I've experienced my fair share of bars & this is my far the best! The staff is incredibly friendly & competent. Since my first visit years ago they still... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had to visit this "haunted" bar because my daughter had read about it in one of her books, so we checked it out. My hubby went in, got a drink and came out and told me that it looked really cool in there. So he stayed outside with our daughter and then I went inside to have a look.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We absolutely love this bar in New Orleans! This would have definitely gotten five stars, but they have installed a TouchTunes jukebox since our last time there. It has completely ruined the atmosphere. There was a group of people there that kept picking just awful songs that were blaring so loud that you couldn't carry on any type of conversation,... More

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