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“Now a Sports Bar?”
Review of Old Absinthe House

Old Absinthe House
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Owner description: This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
Reviewed June 29, 2013

While I always pop into this bar while I’m in New Orleans, it seems to have turned into a sports bar, which is a little sad. I didn’t have any absinthe while I was there because I’m not a fan, but my friend’s seemed to enjoy it. My first margarita was very good, but the second tasted a little pre-mixed. Prices seemed okay for NOLA --- just a shame it now has a sports theme.

2  Thank Wembleygal
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is a bar on Bourbon St., open to the air, music, people, loud, a ruckus at times, with overworked bartenders. They had maybe 8 types of absinthe and I've had maybe half of these. The best is Le Fee from France, and I ordered that. A friend had the Mata Hari which I tasted and didn't like as much--not as smooth and a bit more sour. Absinthe is like Pernod with the taste of anise or licorice. The presentation of absinthe is a ritual but what you see at this bar includes none of the beauty of what it's about. Yes, there are (modern) absinthe spoons, sugar cubes and water, but none of the exquisite accoutrement that comes with this unusual liquor. Still, you likely won't find absinthe around the corner from where you live, so it's worth a trip if you're in NOLA and you can read the history of the place. It's a high alcohol drink and one will get you where you want to go.

Thank bellesque
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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Worst service I've had since landing in the US. The bar staff may as well have stayed home - they're were conspicuous by their absence! Also, when you could finally tackle one into submission, the drinks were ridiculously expensive.

If one wishes to advertise as a genuine Absinthe House, I wouldn't have thought that having the baseball showing on numerous screens all over the place was exactly adding to the ambiance.

A dump to be avoided. Take a photo outside and find somewhere cheaper (and with more enthudiastic staff) to frequent.

1  Thank JibsOz
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The good is there is so much history in this place, the bad is that the bartenders did not know the stories of Jackson, Lafitie, Truman, Roosevelt.....suggest the establishment read the history to tell the patrons or you do the research before you go. The ugly - when they turned the juke box on and played very loud music - this is not the place for glaring loud juke box as it ruined the atmosphere.

Thank BigDogWillie
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Drinks are way too expensive and weak. The place looks like dump inside. Nothing special about it except that its in an old building...but all the building are old!

1  Thank Lou H
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