My husband and I have returned to New Orleans three times since Katrina. We've visited five times in five years, and one day we'll retire here. We can hardly wait to make the Old Absinthe House our "local" pub. This place is dripping in history. It will be 200 years old next year. Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson planned the defense of New Orleans against the British in this bar. And the names of the distinguished men and women who have visited (including four Presidents, a nobel winning author, the greatest operatic tenor ever, military heroes -- even Babe Ruth) have made their way to a plaque on the wall outside the bar. If you're a tourist strolling down Bourbon Street, you might barely notice the charm, but if give it enough time to savor it, you'll never want to leave! In some ways, the Old Absinthe House doesn't belong amid the tacky bars and neon lights of Bourbon Street -- then again, maybe IT DOES belong and the rest do not!! Nothing beats a "Lemon Ice" for cooling you down on a hot summer day (and let's face it, all days in N'awlins are hot in the summer) -- especially when it's served up by our favorite bartender, Lisa, a 15-year veteran of the bar. 'Nuff said.
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