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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Dive Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • Bryan I.
    Bryan Irace1 week ago
    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 s.
    jamie severanceNovember 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.
    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
    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 10+ 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 P.
    Julia PetersJuly 23, 2015
    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
    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 1 week ago
  • 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
  • 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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