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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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“oldest bar”(406 reviews)
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Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.
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941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
French Quarter
+1 504-593-9761
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow! This place is a must visit! It has a great outdoor patio with lights/greenery and is a little quieter- the inside is dark and lantern-lit, but very unique. Bathrooms were surprisingly nice compared to the rest of the bars. The hurricanes are delicious!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sallyb753
Reviewed 3 days ago

Always nice to grab a drink in a historic location. Nice hurricane. Wood and stone, dark at night. No food, probably a smart choice for all. Recommended Slainte

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sean M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I won’t weigh-in on whether this is indeed the oldest bar in the US, but it’s fun regardless. Dark, wooden, historic feel throughout with a fun piano area in back where guests crowd around a piano and sing along. Definitely check it out.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank danders1999
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been going to this bar for many decades. Best hurricane in city. Not too sweet like at PO's. Great local vibe - always fun.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cheryl E
Reviewed 5 days ago

This review is for the piano player at Lafitte’s, not the place itself itself, which is pretty cool. We were in the piano area for 45 minutes, and this musician played ONE song. He wasn’t on break. He just wanted to extract $5 for requests....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dingodoggy
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really cool bar located at the end of Bourbon Street. Technically it is the last bar on Bourbon street and it is also considered the oldest bar in New Orleans. The bar is lit by candlelight, however they do clearly have electric, just choose not...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TBLJTiki
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have enjoyed Hurricanes here for years. The last few times we have visited they have been AWFUL! Not much fruit and very bad liquor. This time we had to ask for a cup of mixer to make it edible. We are done here.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JackieMoon2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Oldest running bar in America. Very cool inside. We ordered Hurricane, Joey, our waiter told us not to stir the drinks, just sip from the bottom. Would should have listened to him. The drinks were quite potent.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank regencywriter
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say the drinks are anything out of this world, but this bar is very neat and worth a look. Order something from the bar, take a look around, and then head outside to the patio to take a seat and people watch.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CarrissaRichards
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This bar was way cool. Best to go at night to get the full effect. The oldest bar in the USA, was a pirate bar at one time. Cold beverages served by candle light.....just like the old days.

Date of experience: February 2019
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April 20, 2016|
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Response from Scarlkj | Reviewed this property |
I don't understand this question as I have NEVER seen this bar closed. I am here now & just inquired.....they have a 24-hour liquor license. They open at 9am and typically close at about 4-4:30 am depending on the crowds. So... More
Andre S
June 14, 2015|
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Response from Patrick F | Reviewed this property |
What a neat place to work! I am sure she had people tell her all kinds of stories they had heard of things that happened there!