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Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
+1 504-523-3181
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When You Want to Visit a Dive Bar But You Still Want Classic New Orleans Cocktails...

...You go to the Old Absinthe House. And this place IS super divey, which is pretty awesome really... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colorado Springs, Colorado

had to try it. Bartender was very knowledgable on the subject and set us up with several... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jan W
Orlando, Florida
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
French Quarter
+1 504-523-3181
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...You go to the Old Absinthe House. And this place IS super divey, which is pretty awesome really. There are bars in uppity, hipster places like Portland that TRY TOO HARD to be dive bars and miss the mark...The Old Absinthe House does it beautifully...More

Thank dknight818
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had to try it. Bartender was very knowledgable on the subject and set us up with several different drinks and ways to do the absinthe. very good but also very strong. be prepared bring a DD

Thank Jan W
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon a tour that told us the history behind this bar. To try the Absinthe is an “experience”. Highly recommend this spot during low traffic times, it is small and there’s only one tiny bathroom. You want to be able to experience the...More

Thank Hope W
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Had such a great time. Stopped by for a couple absinthe drinks and was not disappointed. Bartender was friendly and pretty cool bar.

Thank marisolinmiami
Reviewed 4 November 2017

We got here just walking bourbon street and realized we wanted to try this place out. The bar is old with lots of character. we enjoyed ourselves had some absinthe. The bartender was a pretty, young lady and she was awesome. The place was getting...More

Thank Dorian L
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We usually come here for Sazeracs and it was always much more crowded. There was a lot of construction outside, so maybe that had something to do with it. The service has been better. The bartender was friendly, but preoccupied with other patrons, probably regulars....More

Thank nolabride2014
Reviewed 16 October 2017

An extremely over-rated venue... for business types who like to hang around the front doors like aliens in circular or triangular form, discussing nothing but crap all night, while they nonchalantly block the side walks and streets, paying attention to absolutely nothing while sipping over...More

Thank hellfirekeep
Reviewed 13 October 2017

What a great place this is, it is quite small just on the corner of the street but you must pop in. So characterful and a must when in NO.

1  Thank Michelle N
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Delish ask for the Mount Gay and coke. Atmosphere and service were classic NOLA. And who can resist getting a drink from a bar from 1807?

Thank Courtney S
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

On our first night in New Orleans this was the first stop , one of the oldest bars full of character and an excellent place to kick off the evening BUT the bar maid ( tall lady, glasses , attitude) was the most ignorant person...More

Thank MarekLontour
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living
lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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1 April 2016|
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Response from claire s | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! No you do not need to be 21 to get in. Have never thought to eat there with so many other places. Just a real, genuine old New Orleans bar....been there forever!