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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Dive Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • Donna K.
    Fuckin grand piano, that's wuts GREAT here. Oh, and no electric light, all candlelit n shit #Pianogoddess #HavePianoWillTravel
  • Nadya L.
    Nadya LyubyvaNovember 10
    Cocktails - simple but good! And modern jukebox!
  • Kameron P.
    Get the Voodoo Daiquiri!! Amazing for a hot day and made with ever clear and rum!!! 🥃
  • Laur L.
    The bar itself doesn't seem that great but the history and the fact that they don't use electricity is pretty damn cool! Worth visiting if you're in the city.
  • Casey R.
    Casey RaeJuly 5
    Hurricanes were awesome and the purple drink (if you like grapes) candle light everywhere
  • Tiger T.
    Tiger TJune 14
    Take a step into the past! Built between 1722 and 1732. It served as a real Blacksmith Shop. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States!
    Upvoted Nov 12
  • Amanda B.
    Best hurricanes in the French Quarter. Not syrupy and sickeningly sweet like other bars, but definitely potent.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 30
    One of the oldest bars in the US. Super hipster in an old fashioned way. Try the purple voodoo then head to the back for a live piano man.
  • Jess O.
    Awesome slice of history, feels like walking into another century when you go inside
  • Bryan I.
    Bryan IraceApril 17
    It’s on Bourbon St. but a little bit away from all of the craziness. Really old and cool vibe (no electricity, supposedly).
  • Zahra M.
    Zahra MohammadiFebruary 21
    Our leader suggested Hurricane and it was pretty good
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerFebruary 3
    One of the oldest bars in America. Worth stopping by to soak up the history, with a drink of course.
  • Steve G.
    Steve GriersonJanuary 16
    More expensive than what is advertised. This is a well known bar that charges more than the string of bars on bourbon street.
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonJanuary 4
    This place is cool but do not get the purple drink - it's tastes like bad chemicals.
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie ToddDecember 6, 2016
    I know people can knock that daiquiri machine because this place is SO old school, bit the voodoo daquiri is delicious. Especially on a hot day.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn INovember 27, 2016
    Piano bar and purple drank.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WomackNovember 21, 2016
    I really dislike how they have a TV now. Place used to be really cool when they held by the 'no electricity' tradition. Eggnog daiquiri was delicious.
  • Lina T.
    Lina TrifonOctober 17, 2016
    A taste of the past. Stop in and grab a beer on a hot day.
  • Glen B.
    Glen BischoffSeptember 16, 2016
    Purple drink! Piano bar!
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JeffriesJuly 19, 2016
    A true piece of history to see. You have to see it during the day (so you get your bearings on the layout) and then return at night to see it candlelit to feel the ambiance.
  • Marie L.
    Marie LaCassaJuly 15, 2016
    Oldest bar in the US! Only lit by candles. Very very cool place.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikMay 19, 2016
    Best hurricane in town
  • Walter D.
    Walter Duralek JrMay 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    So unique! A must when visiting the quarter!
  • Iván C.
    Iván CortésMay 2, 2016
    Amazing place to drink Sazerac
  • Chris K.
    Chris KendallApril 30, 2016
    Good history but pretty standard bar inside
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MusgroveApril 24, 2016
    Super chill atmosphere. Drink by candlelight in, I think, the oldest bar in New Orleans!
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PhillipsApril 22, 2016
    Get that purple drank!
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WApril 21, 2016
    the voodoo daiquiri and the purple daiquiri are the same thing. they're also made with everclear. you have been forewarned.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RApril 5, 2016
    Glad I went, but not really feeling the old school pirate vibe.
  • Nik D.
    Nik DawsonMarch 28, 2016
    Apparently one of the oldest bars in the US. Cool place to have a drink and watch the parade go by.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 25, 2016
    Ordering the Purple Drink can also net you a souvenir cup, which is an added bonus to the delicious liquid flowing through your lips at this, the oldest bar in America.
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldMarch 20, 2016
    Start or end bourbon st run here
  • Keith K.
    Keith KerrMarch 15, 2016
    It's lit, by candles. Supposedly the longest running bar in America
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMarch 14, 2016
    Super fun place on Bourbon street if you're trying to get away from some of the tourist action.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanMarch 14, 2016
    invest wisely. Tip the piano player to not play Billy Joel.
  • Rachael
    RachaelMarch 4, 2016
    Always a good time. A spot where you'll actually find locals on Bourbon. Live pianist is legit.
  • Brea S.
    Brea SimpsonFebruary 12, 2016
    My favorite thing is to get some purple drink and listen to the piano singer in the back.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondFebruary 10, 2016
    Live Piano and Purple Drank. Worth visiting.
  • Cami W.
    Cami WrightFebruary 9, 2016
    the purple drink is one of the best on bourbon!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OJanuary 28, 2016
    Sit by the central fireplace to keep warm!
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SorrellJanuary 27, 2016
    Creepy vibes are major here. Get your drank on!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChadwickJanuary 25, 2016
    The voodoo daiquiri is like an alcoholic purple freeze pop and you should get it.
  • Ernesto N.
    Ernesto NormanJanuary 22, 2016
    The oldest bar in the city. Ask for the voodoo drink
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MJanuary 22, 2016
    ancient place w great architectural feel
  • Amelia S.
    Amelia StorerJanuary 20, 2016
    Cool bar at the halfway point on many of the ghost tours around the French Quarter
  • Skyler J.
    Skyler JohnsonNovember 27, 2015
    Favorite place on Bourbon, day or night. Great atmosphere
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RojasNovember 21, 2015
    Love this place. It has a lot of character. The piano player played to the crowd, which was fun. Smelled a little weird though.
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissNovember 17, 2015
    Adorable local watering hole that has been around for centuries
  • Kirti D.
    Kirti DNovember 7, 2015
    It's one of the oldest bars in America! Hurricanes are awesome (made with real fruit juice, not the canned garbage that will give you a hangover). Try the Voodoo Daiquiri, too! #PurpleDrank
  • Marcelius F.
    Marcelius F.November 4, 2015
    First off all the purple drank was way overrated. Don't waste your $. Lafitte's is an amazing place to go anytime, any day. It has a good vibe, lighted only by living lights. Great hurricanes!
  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl AOctober 19, 2015
    Fabulous neighborhood bar- perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon
  • Marc C.
    Marc CSeptember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Purple Drank, sit in a dark corner, and enjoy the atmosphere. As most places in NOLA, a great place to people-watch
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceSeptember 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Dude, dueling pianos and purple drank! Enough said
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 22, 2015
    Really fun bar. While on Bourbon Street, it is off the main the stretch. Go to where you think you have gone too far, then go two blocks further.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneSeptember 18, 2015
    Such a unique and fun experience. The Bloody Mary is excellent.
  • Pandora K.
    Pandora KatSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Many have complaints but you have to understand this bar for what it is. It survived centuries, Katrina & tourists of Bourbon street. Experience it for what it is & the unparalleled Voudou daiquiris.
  • Kev W.
    Kev WilsonSeptember 8, 2015
    Smells like hundreds of years of history! A must see
  • Kaylee
    KayleeAugust 19, 2015
    Candlelight and pianos. The odds are in your favor 😉
  • Ninj
    NinjAugust 7, 2015
    Do the Voodoo!!!
  • Denette
    DenetteJuly 27, 2015
    Cool place! Pop in!
  • Julia C.
    This bar is a true piece of history, and supposedly the oldest bar in America. The ambiance is wonderful and inside feels like a time warp. I only wish they would ditch the brochures and the ATM!
  • Gillespie G.
    Good beer and really nice courtyard to chill in when it's hot
  • Rob W.
    Rob WintersJuly 13, 2015
    Sazerac. Gotta have one!
  • Paul W.
    Paul WilliamsJuly 5, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in America... Got to have a beer!!
  • Amanda
    AmandaJune 30, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in the world!
  • 🌺Laura H.
    Oldest bar in the USA, lit entirely by candlelight. It's pretty awesome.
  • Jan-Erik S.
    Jan-Erik SamuelsenJune 6, 2015
    The crowd was good, live piano music and helpful waiters. Wouldn't really go there to relax, since it's pretty noisy. Kinda touristy. Try the purple drank!
  • Juieta C.
    Juieta ChowdhuryMay 31, 2015
    Strong drinks
  • Christina B.
    Christina BeardMay 29, 2015
    Delicious Bloody Mary in a great atmosphere
  • Matty C.
    Matty CitoMay 29, 2015
    drain the main vein in the trough
  • Joey J.
    Joey JMay 22, 2015
    Voodoo Purple drink. I'd like to rename this beverage to the Jamarcus Russell "Purple Drank". Sorry J. It's delicious, but I did think of you. GL on the comeback. You are talented.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsMay 17, 2015
    Grab a beverage and sit around the piano and listen to whatever awesome musician is playing that night. Grab a drink out the outside bar if the inside is slammed.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzMay 14, 2015
    Dimly lit, dirty, so-so drinks... I don't understand the appeal.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinMay 12, 2015
    Order a drink and sit by the piano
  • Arlene F.
    Arlene FletcherMay 6, 2015
    Oldest bar in america or some such thing
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarApril 27, 2015
    Really cool candlelight bar with a lot of history. This bar is part of the haunted tours.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 14, 2015
    Not impressed. The ambiance is ruined by the presence of a Touchtunes jukebox. The Hurricanes are very strong.
  • Cheryl S.
    Cheryl SchlabachApril 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places to go in Nola.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdMarch 26, 2015
    Not surprising that this is the oldest bar. It's a dark hole of a place. Guys bathroom is just a trough.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler McPheetersMarch 25, 2015
    Purple daiquiri.
  • Sakib D.
    Sakib DadiMarch 23, 2015
    A bit of a walk but totally worth it. Great atmosphere
  • Tessa
    TessaMarch 23, 2015
    They say it's the oldest bar in America. Somehow we found a table - what a lovely interesting place
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelMarch 18, 2015
    Oldest bar in America. Go here in the day and take a seat. But also go at night to see the full effect (no electricity!) And the piano guy!
  • Emily A.
    Emily AndinoMarch 10, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in America, and supposedly haunted. At the less rowdy end of Bourbon Street. The Hurricanes are delicious here!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerMarch 8, 2015
    Look closely for the contorted ghost faces of Pirate Lafitte's victims in the fireplace flames.
  • James S.
    James SuttonMarch 5, 2015
    Have a drink!!
  • Roger R.
    Roger RocheMarch 1, 2015
    Great atmosphere. it's still on bourbon, but it's not as rowdy.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WFebruary 27, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in America. Check out the piano in back & the fireplace. Only lit by candlelight.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 20, 2015
    Oldest bar in America. Love how the place keeps that esthetic.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 20, 2015
    Sit on a stool right by the piano if you can
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 20, 2015
    One damn fine hurricane
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 20, 2015
    Purple drank daiquiri is surprisingly good
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 20, 2015
    Live piano is great. Bar has a vibe conducive for the music.
  • Tony Y.
    Tony YoungFebruary 19, 2015
    bourbon, candlelight, slushies
  • Brian F.
    Brian FlockFebruary 18, 2015
    If you're in the Quarter you have to stop by for a drink!
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 6, 2015
    Dark, historic bar in the French Quarter.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite bar on Bourbon St. A nostalgic and laid back atmosphere, always a great crowd, and the voodoo slushies are amazing. This is my comfort zone bar...and it's haunted.
    Upvoted Oct 26
  • Allie S.
    Allie SeguraJanuary 26, 2015
    Very chill & low key but also buzzy & lively. Great little spot!
  • Dom W.
    Dom WongJanuary 4, 2015
    Grab a seat outside and have a purple bourbon slushie
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel DietrichJanuary 2, 2015
    A must go in New Orleans. It is a classic, full of pirates stories.
  • Christian W.
    Christian WoffordJanuary 1, 2015
    Get the bloody
  • Christina
    ChristinaDecember 30, 2014
    My favorite bar on Bourbon Street. Drink the Purple Voodoo!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RosenbergDecember 26, 2014
    purple drink is good to drink, but not very strong. if you want a real buzz, skip it. fun place.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew ButlerDecember 22, 2014
    Oldest Bar
  • Tony M.
    Tony MDecember 14, 2014
    Pull up a stool at the candle strewn piano hidden in the back. The pianist/singer on Friday was extraordinary, making the typical Elton John, Billy Joel, John Lennon setlist seem special, romantic.
  • Yukie T.
    Yukie TakabatakeDecember 6, 2014
    Bar suggestion by Kate
  • Manny F.
    Manny FerroDecember 3, 2014
    Famous for their purple drink but beer is cheap for bourbon
  • Latham B.
    Latham BrunsonDecember 2, 2014
    I love this place when the sun is down and the piano is playing. The purple stuff will catch up with you quick. It's a great getaway from Bourbon Street while still being on Bourbon Street.
  • Soner B.
    Soner BaşarırNovember 30, 2014
    Smells really bad
  • Kelsey A.
    Kelsey AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    Excellent ambiance. Super crowded.
  • The B.
    The BullNovember 25, 2014
    Best hurricane in the oldest building in Nola
  • Kyle L.
    Kyle LeightonNovember 24, 2014
    This place is a worthwhile stop simply because of the history. Be sure to grab a Hurricane while your here.
  • Abhinav M.
    Abhinav ManchandaOctober 24, 2014
    Piano, music, atmosphere.
  • Michael
    MichaelOctober 16, 2014
    The coolest place you'll ever raise a glass!
  • Monica H.
    Monica HevessyOctober 10, 2014
    The atmosphere... it's like a time machine.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RourkeOctober 6, 2014
    The Hurricane was good! That's all I remember...
  • Ben B.
    Ben BSeptember 24, 2014
    The oldest bar in Louisiana. Est. 1772.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TorresSeptember 7, 2014
    Candlelight and Piano Man...
  • Meg
    MegAugust 30, 2014
    Make sure to plan your visit when the pianist is playing!
  • Ian R.
    Ian RussellAugust 29, 2014
    Bourbon on the sidewalk
  • Madison L.
    Madison LeavelleAugust 21, 2014
    Oldest bar in America.
  • Liz M.
    Liz MasonAugust 12, 2014
    Cool old building!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HowardAugust 10, 2014
    The original dive bar! Great atmosphere!
  • Stacy
    StacyAugust 7, 2014
    Voodoo grape slush is perfect, not too sweet and strong! Best hurricane I had in New Orleans, better than Pats!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 25, 2014
    Apparently the oldest continually occupied bar in the US. Also a great place to wait out a rainstorm. Don't go in the back. It's dark and I'm not sure what happens back there.
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerJuly 25, 2014
    In the evening, go in to the back for an old-school piano bar / sing along.
  • Darek B.
    Darek BlackwoodJuly 5, 2014
    Oldest bar. Get the black voodoo!
  • shannon p.
    shannon priceJune 25, 2014
    Great hurricane! Super strong!
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 6, 2014
    Historic, dark bar that everyone should hit when visiting New Orleans.
  • Camille S.
    Camille SwansonMay 19, 2014
    If you're a lightweight like me, get the Voodoo Daiquiri. Very tasty!
  • Christopher O.
    Christopher OnzoMay 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the back by the piano, and if Mike is playing don't dare ask for Billy Joel or Elton John!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PorrazMay 10, 2014
    One of the few places where you can find a Pimm's cup
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserApril 23, 2014
    Tip your piano player. They're making a living off living their dreams. We should all be so lucky.
  • Elly W.
    Elly WallaceApril 20, 2014
    Oldest bar in the USA still operating since it opened, like a bazillion years ago. WUDDUP!
  • Valarie M.
    Valarie McCubbinsApril 6, 2014
    best hurricane I had while in nola. seriously.
  • Betsy N.
    Betsy NelsonApril 3, 2014
    Fun, friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere!
  • Krystan H.
    Krystan HitchcockMarch 24, 2014
    Voodoo Daquiri.
  • Jerry B.
    Jerry BMarch 24, 2014
    Purple drink is great
  • Holly H.
    Holly HammondMarch 21, 2014
    Purple drink is the best!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SaidMarch 14, 2014
    Purple drank
  • Carolina E.
    Carolina EscobarMarch 9, 2014
    Loved this place. Apparently it's the oldest bar in America! It's very dark but there's a piano and purple drank so what more could you want?
  • Rick L.
    Rick LesserMarch 8, 2014
    Kind of isolated and dark, but has historical value.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MaroneyMarch 3, 2014
    Get the purple. It tastes like purple!
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MaroneyMarch 3, 2014
    If you're from 'Merica you have to go here. One of the oldest taverns in the US.
  • jennifer K.
    jennifer KrienertFebruary 15, 2014
    If you take a single carriage ride they@will come out to serve you! Great Bloody Mary!!
  • Whitney S.
    Whitney SnyderFebruary 8, 2014
    As maybe the oldest bar in America, you'd think it would be crappy and cruise by on its reputation. But it's not. Really great atmosphere, especially late at night.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HarderFebruary 7, 2014
    Piano. Do it.
  • Amy P.
    Amy PatelFebruary 3, 2014
    Find a seat at the back and go closer to when it's dark out.
  • Shelley M.
    Shelley MacGregorJanuary 30, 2014
    Candlelight only in the bar itself, but the single bathroom has modern lighting.
  • Too-bias F.
    Too-bias FunkeJanuary 29, 2014
    Wow, so much history here, it's haunted and they serve cats!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MosesJanuary 26, 2014
    Just hang out. Ask the bartenders questions. Soak up some history and culture. Fantastic
  • Angie C.
    Angie CrouseJanuary 26, 2014
    Dark, candle lit, warming fireplace, historical, and amazing hurricanes! Does it get any better?!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica Da SilvaJanuary 16, 2014
    Check ladys bathroom for the ghost experience !
  • Jackie
    JackieJanuary 10, 2014
    Nice spot, candle lit, piano player. Hipster vibe.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WorthingtonDecember 31, 2013
    Get the hurricane!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonDecember 31, 2013
    Angèl is an amazingly-talented pianist. Grab a drink, pull up a stole, and make a request. Be sure to tip! One of my fav nights!
  • James C.
    James CottrellDecember 28, 2013
    Everything is great BUT avoid United Cab to get around with. BACKWARDS drivers.
  • AJ S.
    AJ ShieldsDecember 26, 2013
    Purple. 'nuff said.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SloneDecember 25, 2013
    Keep a hand on your phone. It's dark in here!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LauerDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This voodoo slush is needed.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 1, 2013
    One of the oldest bars in the US, the infamous Jean Lafitte's blacksmith shop has been turned into a local favorite, try the hurricane or voodoo daiquiris if you're on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
  • Jeb R.
    Jeb RoDecember 1, 2013
    It's got the charm of the old building going for it, but not much else. Generally pretty crowded, generally shitty music from the jukebox. Nothing exceptional drink-wise. But worth a visit nonetheless
  • Bethany H.
    Bethany HawkinsNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    With restroom renovations being complete, these are the nicest on Bourbon.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WarwickNovember 8, 2013
    Get the Voodoo Daiquiri and watch the step.
  • Rob B.
    Rob B.October 28, 2013
    Hurricanes are absolutely the best in New Orleans. Also featured in the Haunted History tour… beware the weeping lady.
  • Trina S.
    Trina SearcyOctober 23, 2013
    Oldest bar in the US and is haunted!! Ohhhh ~ take a picture in the fire place and see if you see a face peering back at you!
  • EJ E.
    EJ EllisOctober 13, 2013
    Bartenders are assholes
  • Peggy B.
    Peggy BrollierOctober 7, 2013
    The oldest bar since 1772 still active in new orleans
  • Sasha A.
    Sasha AntmanOctober 6, 2013
    A/C is awesome
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuSeptember 30, 2013
    Candlelit sing-a-long to crowd faves: hey Jude, life goes on, we are the champions...
  • Justin W.
    Justin WallSeptember 16, 2013
    Get yourself a Purple Drank "Voodoo daq" and have a seat on their outside patio or in the back by the piano bar!
  • Colan M.
    Colan MSeptember 14, 2013
    Oldest bar in America. Built by a pirate. Gorgeous old world building. Friendly staff. Steer clear of the frozen slushy drinks. $8 with only one shot in it. Not worth it. Have a beer instead.
  • Roger H.
    Roger HuffmanSeptember 2, 2013
    Historic place - a must see if you are in New Orleans
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinSeptember 2, 2013
    do not get the purple daiquiri. do ask for a liquor soaked cherry.
  • Nikola B.
    Nikola BlazevicAugust 31, 2013
    Wtf is with the mens bathroom?????? How is a man suppoedbto take a s*** here???
  • Emily L.
    Emily LazaroffAugust 22, 2013
    Best hurricane in the city!
  • Clemson T.
    Clemson TomAugust 13, 2013
    Best hurricanes in New Orleans
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PerdueAugust 7, 2013
    This place is pretty cool... So dark in there I couldn't see 2 ft in front of me.... but the atmosphere is just as creepy as the tale surrounding this place..Have a seat by the fireplace...
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse ReillyAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hey look, a Fireball Whisky machine. Shot and a purple drank? Yes, please.
  • Paul S.
    Paul ScottJuly 28, 2013
    They have carriage hop drink service so you too can party like it is 1799.
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AyestasJuly 22, 2013
    Good shit!!!
  • Chris S.
    Chris S.July 19, 2013
    Best bar in NOLA by far and oldest bar in the US
  • Autumn S.
    Autumn SmithJuly 7, 2013
    Lafitte's is the oldest bar in New Orleans. The oldest bar in the U.S. is in Philadelphia.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren B.🐊🌻June 27, 2013
    The purple drink. Done.
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VanasseJune 18, 2013
    Get a purple drink, go in the back and sing and feel closer to your fellow man.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RegalbutoJune 15, 2013
    Best hurricane yet!
  • Adam M.
    Adam MJune 7, 2013
    oldest bar in New Orleans….
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 27, 2013
    Try the Voodoo Daquiri - Drink during Ghost Tour!
  • Timothy D.
    Timothy DonnellyMay 25, 2013
    The hurricane is weak and sugary. But it's worth stopping, if only to cool down after walking around in the sun.
  • Andy A.
    Andy AMay 24, 2013
    Hurricane was good and very strong.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 23, 2013
    Piano player and open but dark bar.
  • Will G.
    Will GlassMay 23, 2013
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  • W. Vincent P.
    W. Vincent ParkMay 15, 2013
    The oldest continually occupied bar in the U.S., this place was once, according to legend, owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DrummMay 11, 2013
    My favorite hurricane in New Orleans so far.
  • Christine F.
    VooDoo Daiquri & Huricanne..Yummy!!!!
  • Victoria B.
    Awesome old pub. Get by the piano for some awesome love music.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SakellApril 28, 2013
    Get a seat out front and watch the show
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CouchApril 15, 2013
    Get the hurricane! But don't stir it...they make the drink in layers.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    Dark and gloomy, you have to go twice. Stop in during the day and then after dark to get the full experience of this cool little bar at the far end of Bourbon St.
  • Alexandria
    AlexandriaApril 6, 2013
    Best Bloody Mary of my life
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarzellaApril 1, 2013
    It's a pretty cool place
  • Robert B.
    Robert BeattyApril 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's dark, very dark. Candlelight only. Be prepared when you see your hookup in regular light.
  • Kenny M.
    Kenny MackMarch 22, 2013
    One of the most amazing nights of my life! Playing rock'n'roll alongside Mike on the grand piano is something I'll never forget! Thanks to Toozup and the guys at Lafittes for an amazing gig!
  • Ghost
    GhostMarch 19, 2013
    The Voodoo
  • John M.
    John MonteroMarch 10, 2013
    This place is fantastic! You can sit and have a beer in a bar that is older than the nation that it is sitting in. One small issue: The piano player didn't know one song written in the last 25 years!
  • Sonja R.
    Sonja RümenappMarch 7, 2013
    Awesome. Old and lovely.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RayMarch 6, 2013
    Oldest bar in America (?)
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LittleMarch 5, 2013
    Great atmosphere and something unique. Get off bourbon and try this place. Warning: They don't have utilities so it gets pretty cold during the winter.
  • Amy G.
    Amy GerowMarch 2, 2013
    The correct name of their signature drink is the Voo DOO dacquiri, 190 proof grain alcohol, bourbon and whiskey, strong as hell!!
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PerroneMarch 2, 2013
    Great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!
  • Taylor K.
    Taylor KleinpeterFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chris and Ryan are THE best bartenders.
  • Marc U.
    Marc UFebruary 20, 2013
    Voodoo frozen drink is yummy n evil. Try it.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 19, 2013
    try the hurricanes. oldest bar in america
  • Emily A.
    Emily AnnFebruary 15, 2013
    This place was so cool. The pianist was very talented and supported the ambiance of the candlelit bar.
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen ColemanFebruary 12, 2013
    Spooky bathroom.
  • Mary O.
    Mary OlginFebruary 5, 2013
    Hurricanes whoohee!!!
  • Marc S.
    Marc SmithJanuary 28, 2013
    Best hurricane in Nola
  • Aloysius M.
    Aloysius McMurphyJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Built in 1722, 1741, 1753, 1754, 1760, or 1770, depending on the mule cart driver. Actually built around 1772 and second-oldest building in the city.
  • pinguino k.
    pinguino kolbJanuary 12, 2013
    Do a shot of jäger in the oldest bar in America
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MJanuary 6, 2013
    I SEE PIRATE GHOSTS!!!!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ChurchillJanuary 1, 2013
    Sooooo there's this drink. It's only for the strong-willed. Sounds like Samurai and will literally kick your ass. Again, only do it if you are up for an ass whoopin'.
  • Erica R.
    Erica ReneeDecember 30, 2012
    Slushy purple drank by candlight with a fireplace to boot.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CDecember 25, 2012
    Voodoo punch and people watching...
  • Stan H.
    Stan HorwitzDecember 24, 2012
    The elderly blonde woman who plays the piano there sings off-key, but she plays well and she is awesome beyond what mere words can convey.
  • Leslie K.
    Leslie KernDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a purple drink!
  • ryan v.
    ryan vilaDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    In a town of disgusting bathrooms this bar is the elite of disgusting bathrooms. My tip is pee anywhere else. Like a dead persons mouth. You will feel better then peeing here.
  • Martha F.
    Martha FullerNovember 11, 2012
    Bloody Mary's are amazing spicy deliciousness!!
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkNovember 1, 2012
    Avoid the purple daiquiri at all costs. It will ruin you.
  • Kathryn B.
    Kathryn BurnsOctober 27, 2012
    Worst place in Nola. Cockroaches and obnoxious servers.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LOctober 24, 2012
    Try a Hurricane!
  • Rudi R.
    Rudi RietOctober 22, 2012
    A lovely old tavern on the "unfashionable" east end of Bourbon Street, and that's what makes it special: dark, moody, attracting locals and the handful of tourists who venture beyond the traps.
  • John F.
    John FrelsOctober 20, 2012
    I miss Miss Lilly....the piano is long gone and now its just another rowdy bar
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DareOctober 15, 2012
    Drink the purple drank
  • Stacey M.
    Stacey MooreOctober 11, 2012
    1st time here & impressive
  • Trudy A.
    Trudy AlefaioSeptember 10, 2012
    Be sure and check out this cool little bar- the oldest in the United States.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BlainSeptember 6, 2012
    Love this place.. Worth checking out if you are in the area and make sure to take lots of pictures. Drinks can be pricey but its New Orleans :)
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SimonSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Voodoo daqs = best drink on the planet.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RangelAugust 12, 2012
    This place is awesome. Come at night for Ben Franklin-type experience. And the make a pungent Whiskey Sour. But, beer geeks, you need not apply.
  • Sungho C.
    Sungho ChangJuly 20, 2012
    So fantastic
  • Barry
    BarryJuly 6, 2012
    Go during daylight hours. First you will get a seat and also you can see the details of the bar. It is not very well lit, so seeing it in daylight really helps.
  • Michelle
    MichelleJuly 5, 2012
    Supposedly the oldest, continuously-open bar in America. Great Hurricanes and amazing ambiance. Find the darkest corner and grab a bunch of candles and chairs.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansJuly 5, 2012
    Gambit's Top Bars 2012 - The Bourbon St. Gauntlet Read more
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LewisJune 30, 2012
    Well the black voodoos are good if you like grape drinks but the atmosphere is awesome.
  • Dan S.
    Dan ShannonJune 22, 2012
    Try the Cocktails - Awesome bar!
  • mark m.
    mark mayhewJune 14, 2012
    I used to live across the street!
  • Sabrina H.
    Sabrina HainesJune 11, 2012
    Great bar! The oldest bar in the US. The ambiance is great. Loved it!
  • Christy
    ChristyMay 26, 2012
    Claimed to be the oldest bar in North America!
  • Xavier N.
    Xavier NeunerMay 14, 2012
    Best bar. Love the piano "bar"
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth the walk down to the end of Bourbon! Always get the purple voodoo... One is definitely enough!
  • Gene S.
    Gene SowerApril 27, 2012
    bring a flashlight
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LewisApril 24, 2012
    No lights on at night ... but they have a TV ... and a piano player...
  • Jeffrey H.
    Jeffrey HippApril 22, 2012
    The building is awesome, the drinks are OK. But blasting patrons with Pop 40 tunes in the middle of the afternoon doesn't work with the ambience.
  • Lorne M.
    Lorne MoskalApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the veal
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 9, 2012
    If you're hungry get a shrimp poboy at Verti Marte a couple blocks away and bring it in. Then pretend you are chilling with Andrew Jackson
  • @MisterHirsch
    @MisterHirschApril 2, 2012
    An amazing spot... The oldest bar in the entire US.
  • PJ D.
    PJ DeichlerApril 2, 2012
    Purple haze hurricane is legit. Im sure you'll remember everything.
  • Mauricio B.
    Mauricio BeckstromMarch 19, 2012
    Purple haze has ever clear in it....no wonder half way through I started thinking I was taking to Jimmy Hendrix.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankMarch 14, 2012
    This is the darkest bar I've ever been in.
  • Ira Y.
    Ira YardleyMarch 9, 2012
    If you can drink rams piss... You can drink the obituary...
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HittnerMarch 8, 2012
    Wow.......$11 for 2 Abita beers.
  • Michael M.
    Michael Matthews KrauseFebruary 25, 2012
    Better hurricanes then pats, they use fresh juice
  • Withoutink
    WithoutinkFebruary 12, 2012
    Go at night to truly experience this place :-)
  • PARANOLA
    PARANOLAJanuary 20, 2012
    Built in 1722, this old building has a long history, mostly unknown. A great place to get away from the noise up Bourbon Street up towards Canal. Always offer a sip of your drink to the spirits!
  • Laurence G.
    Laurence GegaDecember 20, 2011
    They've been serving drinks here before America was independant. Both the right thing and drink here.
  • Jarmo K.
    Jarmo KniiviläDecember 7, 2011
    Ok, maybe a real bartender wasn't around, because the Irish coffee I ordered just sucked and the girl couldn't make any other warm drinks because there was no hot water. Don't expect too much!
  • Kari K.
    Kari KinnunenDecember 7, 2011
    I have nothing good to say about the bar. I asked a hot drink without coffee but they were not able to make one. WTF? Don't bother.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WongDecember 5, 2011
    Hurricane was way too sweet. Stick to the beer and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RuthDecember 2, 2011
    Definitely stop by for a drink before or after your night on Bourbon. Very chill, laid back spot. Fireplace in the middle of the building, multiple open doors on the side, courtyard..worth a stop!!
  • Christian S.
    Christian SengerDecember 2, 2011
    Loved it! There's a fireplace in the center of the bar to keep you warm during the winter month's. Be sure to check out the celeb wall as well.
  • Ally M.
    Ally MillarNovember 28, 2011
    Tip the piano player well, he is wonderful.
  • Gradie O.
    Gradie OakesNovember 22, 2011
    One of Esquire's Best Bars 2011, dark and candle-lit in a "no electricity" kind of way, head to the piano, drink some rye and have a great time. Worth a stop.
  • David
    DavidNovember 16, 2011
    Lit only by candles. And the big flatscreen TV behind the bar. But find a quiet spot and party like it's 1772 (when the building was erected).
  • Lori N.
    Lori NorgroveNovember 14, 2011
    Ryan the bartender is one of the best we've ever had. Super nice guy!
  • Shirley B.
    Shirley BowersNovember 1, 2011
    The best bar in New Orleans. Order a Voodoo Daiquiri. Trust me... You won't regret the walk!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I dont know why but I have always been drawn to this bar... LBS is fun on busy nights but I prefer the slower evenings with candlelight and conversation.
  • Patrick
    PatrickOctober 19, 2011
    Minimum for using cards , though I've no clue what the $ amount is
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BobstOctober 16, 2011
    Great dive!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LaurinasOctober 16, 2011
    Amazing place. Try the hurricanes. And tell your girlfriend you love her
  • David !.
    David !October 15, 2011
    if you come in the afternoon during the week when it's slow, you can get a well made sazerac. on the weekend the drink quality plummets accordingly.
  • Nick O.
    Nick OlsonOctober 14, 2011
    Ask for the Voodoo. This is the best bar in the Quarter.
  • Mike E.
    Mike E.October 13, 2011
    1772 blacksmith shop turned bar.
  • Alison T.
    Alison TrujilloOctober 3, 2011
    Make sure bypass the front area with jukebox, and straight for the piano in the back.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PattersonSeptember 28, 2011
    Oldest bar in America! 1772!
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HosterSeptember 25, 2011
    When on Bourbon, you MUST visit this place! Coolest. Bar. Ever. Grab a stool around the piano!
  • Emmanuel L.
    Emmanuel LopezSeptember 20, 2011
    Really awesome candle-lit bar. A great place for a "first date". If you can sit outside at night it's great!
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 16, 2011
    Order a black voodoo at Lafitte's, which claims to be the oldest continually occupied bar in the United States.
  • Sunita P.
    Sunita PatelSeptember 5, 2011
    This place is haunted!! We were in the back patio area after dark and the door near the bar started swinging open on its own! Or maybe that was the voodoo daiquiris talking..
  • Clare O.
    Clare O'August 25, 2011
    Voodoo daiquiri tastes like a grape soda slushie
  • Tom H.
    Tom HancockAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    2 words: Purple Drank
  • Natalie Q.
    Natalie QuebodeauxAugust 20, 2011
    Get a purple drank and then sit in the courtyard. It's rumored to be haunted!
  • Tom R.
    Tom RAugust 20, 2011
    Try a Purple Voodoo!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LauffAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask to try the purple drink!
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 17, 2011
    built around 1772 considered "oldest continually occupied bar in the United States" Now ain't that something.
  • Leah L.
    Leah LakstinsAugust 17, 2011
    Fresh fruit juice hurricane at NoLa's oldest bar
  • Maria M.
    Maria MyrbackAugust 1, 2011
    I can't "like" this place enough! Read more
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KyleJuly 24, 2011
    @Esquire, the "Nachez" Trace didn't end in New Orleans, it ended 100 miles north of here at Natchez, Miss. Still, the bar is a great place to grab a drink.
  • Nuri D.
    Nuri DjavitJuly 15, 2011
    Great bloody mary with more garnish than I have ever seen. Yum!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SulongtehJuly 12, 2011
    Evidently oldest bar in America.
  • Laura A.
    Laura AraujoJuly 10, 2011
    Best tasting drinks on Bourbon
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 22, 2011
    The oldest continually occupied bar in the U.S., this place was once, according to legend, owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte. The tiny open air bar on Bourbon Street pours them cheap and fast. Read more
  • Big D.
    Big DJune 19, 2011
    Want to get your wife drunk? Get her a hurricane. Her teeth got numb. A sure sign of some fun coming my way later tonight. Oh yeah!
  • John W.
    John WheelerJune 15, 2011
    Piano & a brew. Preferably an Abita. No place better.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDJune 9, 2011
    Great place to grab a mid day beer. Highly recommend, when can you say you been in the oldest bar in USA
  • Dens
    DensJune 9, 2011
    Worth checking out if yer on Bourbon St. They say it's oldest bar in the US (1772, pre-independence!) tho I think there's 3-4 other bars claiming the same. Would be classier w/out the ATM & jukebox.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyJune 5, 2011
    One of oldest bars in US. Candle lit. Awesome
  • Anthony F.
    Anthony FerroJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Bloody Mary's on earth. An authentic pirate bar.
  • Tom Reade
    Tom ReadeMay 30, 2011
    Chillest and Coolest bar on Bourbon.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LMay 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want to see an angry bar wench, blow out all the candles.
  • Faye I.
    Faye IbarsMay 19, 2011
    Feels just like Pirates of the Caribbean!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EagleMay 19, 2011
    Sweet bar - you gotta check it out!
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10May 13, 2011
    Request a corny song for the Bachelor to sing along with the piano player. Billy Joel’s Piano Man is a little too overdone, so perhaps Sweet Caroline. Read more
  • Caleb L.
    Caleb LubarskyMay 9, 2011
    The piano built into the bak table is unique. Cool place!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GalliganMay 3, 2011
    Grab the hurricane, but be ready for lots of booze and sugar. It'll get you sauced quick.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DelachApril 18, 2011
    Hurricanes are *definitely* better than Pat O'Briens. Not cloyingly sweet.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LapenaApril 17, 2011
    Sick live piano here.
  • Sandy H.
    Sandy HApril 16, 2011
    Hurricanes are LOADED...and they put the ones at Pat O's to shame!
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroApril 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm taking you here.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LicciardiMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nola's best bar check out the celeb wall ....
  • Samantha L.
    Samantha LimMarch 10, 2011
    come after 9 or so. tours come by and ruin the vibe.
  • Allen F.
    Allen ForshageFebruary 26, 2011
    This is a cool place
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MayerFebruary 22, 2011
    Purple drank.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Gloomy. Dark. Perfect. It's like stepping back in time when the Nachez Trace ended here and rafts filled the streets. Read more
  • Withoutink
    WithoutinkJanuary 30, 2011
    Killer bar. Dark. Light the place is only lit by candles. Great place to disappear in :-)
  • Micah S.
    Micah SimoneauxJanuary 23, 2011
    Suck it!
  • Joe K.
    Joe KrauseJanuary 2, 2011
    Don't buy your wife a hurricane. She'll say it's "too strong"
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KJanuary 1, 2011
    Best Bar in NOLA!
  • Adam D.
    Adam DexterDecember 31, 2010
    Get a seat by the piano. And hang out with the piano man.
  • Marina R.
    Marina RiveraNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come when Mike is on the piano. He's awesome. And you can't go wrong ordering a Voodoo :)
  • Aubrey G.
    Aubrey GoolsbyNovember 14, 2010
    It's the darkest bar you'll ever be in! Candle lit!
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SwensonNovember 6, 2010
    Drinks are intense here especially when you stop for your ghost tour
  • a A.
    a AOctober 28, 2010
    Piano
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeblancAugust 8, 2010
    Order the Purple Slushy Thingy.
  • Casey n.
    Casey nunezJuly 25, 2010
    Best Hurricanes in new Orleans
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoJune 26, 2010
    Get a black voodoo... Strong alcohol in a grape slush.
  • Granville L.
    Granville LoarApril 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome hurricanes in a historic building.
  • John P.
    John PuccioMarch 31, 2010
    Possibly the coolest bar on Earth.
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SJanuary 5, 2010
    Good bloody marys.
  • Emily
    EmilyNovember 13, 2009
    Get a hurricane. Arguably better than Pat O's.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GalpertNovember 2, 2009
    get a hurricane
  • Victor Manuel R.
    Visita obligada en Nueva Orleans, buena cerveza y buen ambiente
  • Orlando B.
    Orlando BrachoJanuary 20, 2015
    Todo desde el ambiente y por supuestos las birras
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