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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Address: 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
Phone Number: +1 504-593-9761
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Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

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Oldest bar in the United States

This place has great hurricanes. You can feel the history in this place. My wife and I discussed how you can imagine pirates enjoying this place back in the day.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Lansing, Michigan
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Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this historic watering hole during our last visit to the French Quarter. We love old historic pubs and make a point of seeking them out during our travels. While we had read that this place is entirely lit by candlelight, it's not quite true. The bars (front bar and back bar is lit by ribbon lights at the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went there based on good reviews. I ordered a hurricane and threw half of it out as it was not drinkable. It burned my throat from the low grade alcohol used.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has great hurricanes. You can feel the history in this place. My wife and I discussed how you can imagine pirates enjoying this place back in the day.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great historical bar (oldest) to visit while walking down Bourbon. Drinks and service are good. Great hurricanes!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is advertised as the oldest bar in New Orleans. We stopped in here for a quick drink which was pretty good. Great bartenders who do a nice job talking with you about the history of the pirates in the area when they have time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a funny place: on Bourbon Street, but far enough along that it's outside the main drag. It looks crowded (and often it is!), but keep wandering through and you will discover more nooks and crannies. There's a great two-sided fireplace in the middle that you can hang out at, but the real treat is the piano bar snuggled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Of course we stopped for a drink here.. very historic and they had reasonably priced drinks in this nice bar.. dark, no lights except candles so very interesting.. a good location and many might say a must do when in NOLA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my favorite place to have a Hurricane! Even after sharing a single drink I get tipsy (strong!). You can't beat the oldest bar in North America! It has a fantastic atmosphere and we love to sit outside and watch the tourists pass by.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very packed to be at the end of Bourbon, but it didnt feel too clausterphobic! The bathroom situation needs some love, but the hurricane is real fruit and the best in NOLA

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well how do you go to the French Quarter and not at least stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar? This place was built some time between 1722 and 1732 and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States...and it was owned by a pirate...so yes we had to stop. Pirates, history, booze, sounded... More 

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