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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
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+1 504-593-9761
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Such Character

There is no doubt that this is the bar with the most character in the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest bars in the country and well worth a visit. We stopped by at least... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Lafitte's because it was advertised as the oldest bar in America. A little research revealed that it is the oldest building to hold a bar but that it is not the oldest bar (it originated as a blacksmith forge). The building is obviously very old and they have done a great job at maintaining its history. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is no doubt that this is the bar with the most character in the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest bars in the country and well worth a visit. We stopped by at least once a day while we were there. Fun staff and while super busy at times, the crowd ebbed and flowed enough to make... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice ambient, and good looking old building, but too many modern things like Christmas color lights and plastic glasses that ruin the experience a little bit. I only went late at night. Maybe is one of those rare cases where a bar is better with daylight.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This historic building has a bit of local flavor and is worth seeing. An alternative to buying a drink at one of the innumerable local bars and music clubs.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of history and charm in this classic dive bar. The oldest bar in the country, it is certainly not fancy or anything, but people are friendly, the architecture is very cool, and the overall experience is great. The Purple drink is fantastic, and will last a long time while strolling through the Quarter. We found ourselves returning there quite... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very cool bar to visit because of its history. Was surprised they played current, Top 40 music. Was expecting jazz music or a typical New Orleans-style background music. Very interesting to hear Carly Rae Jepsen at one of the older bars in America. Worth the visit just to say you've been though.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

went here on a ghost tour. Lots of history , interesting, great drinks. Good place to rest your feet, the staff were very friendly

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place gets pretty nuts. Having spent many years working in restaurants, I am certainly not one to waste a busy bartender's time. Still, the bartenders were not pleasant. I understand that they are grinding, but come on. I went once and took my money elsewhere for the remainder of the trip.

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Houma, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the weekend get away we decided to try something new. We have done carriage rides and walked the French Quarter but never visited the oldest bar in New Orleans. Laffitte's Blacksmith Shop and Bar. This is a small very rustic establishment with lots of history. It has a certain magnetism that draws people to it. On my visit there... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

2nd time in New Orleans and always have to stop in for a few best bar in town. Thy have the best Hurricanes

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