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The Old Absinthe House

Bar, General Entertainment, and Dive Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Melissa C.
    "Brooke makes an awesome Pimm's Cup ... AND a MONSTAH Sazerac!"(6 Tips)
    Matthew T.
    "your business card on the wall!"(4 Tips)
    Gloria C.
    "Get the Bloody Mary, green fairy or Ramos gin fizz"(3 Tips)
    Benjammin H.
    "Amazing dive bar on Bourbon St."(2 Tips)
90 Tips and reviews
  • business cards
  • bar on bourbon
  • casual
  • absinthe
  • jukebox
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  • a b.
    Not that great
    a b · March 9
  • Brendan M.
    Old school vibes
    Brendan M · January 21
  • Brian L.
    This felt like of the more legit Bourbon St choices. Our absinthe was delightful.
    Brian Longtin · December 11, 2015
  • Jes H.
    Life !!!!!!!
    Jes Hawthorne · October 31, 2015
  • Brandon S.
    Another hole! Totally a Place to drink on your way to the next place to drink!
    Brandon Sides · October 13, 2015
  • Heather D.
    My favorite NOLA bar. Get a gin fizz and people watch.
    Heather D · May 22, 2015
  • Kelly W.
    What should you try here? Absinthe!
    Kelly Wong · May 12, 2015
  • Desiree
    First Bar we went to on Bourbon Street. Had to try a Sazerac!
    Desiree · April 19, 2015
  • Zach R.
    Absinthe is the name of the game along with whiskey. Good service and prices. Spicy popcorn is a great bar snack.
    Zach Rand · April 15, 2015
  • Mark C.
    Bartenders are laid back, and very knowledgeable about the 'Green Faerie'. Nice 1st experience for me.
    Mark Campbell · March 26, 2015
  • Tanya R.
    Got a traditional pour of nouvelle orleans absinthe. it's like a dark voodoo version of a football bar. As folks that aren't into much of bourbon st crowds, we liked this place.
    Tanya Roberts · March 3, 2015
  • Erik R.
    Serving patrons for 200 years including many historical figures and celebrities, this is a gem on Bourbon Street. The Sazerac is incredible!
    Erik Rowley · February 2, 2015
  • Cory G.
    Spending our last day at a shitty dive bar, beers are $6, there are some really drunk guys, everything is covered in filth, and it kinda smells like puke. New Orleans finest.
    Cory Gagnon · January 26, 2015
  • Matthew B.
    Absinthe of course
    Matthew Butler · December 22, 2014
  • Amber E.
    shot roulette. try not to drink the gin
    Amber E · September 26, 2014
  • Meg
    The cocktails are wonderful here. This is a nice change of pace on Bourbon.
    Meg · August 31, 2014
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    Check out Old Absinthe House as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
  • Felicia B.
    Sit upstairs on the balcony. View is nice!
    Felicia Bethea · August 13, 2014
  • Jesse M.
    Anything with the Word Absinthe has to be Good!!! :)
    Jesse McGee · August 8, 2014
  • Jeff M.
    Fuck. This place rules...
    Jeff Manalli · June 28, 2014
  • John R.
    Really like the sazeracs here.
    John R · April 19, 2014
  • Mick M.
    Bar top is uncomfortably high, but the tenders are very open and warm provided you tip like a grownup and not a college student.
    Mick Miller · April 11, 2014
  • David M.
    Cozy by the fire place
    David Mayhew · April 8, 2014
  • Daniya T.
    A relaxed old bar that once served the likes of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Stop by at least once. Absinthe seems somewhat overpriced, but I enjoyed local beer on tap.
    Daniya Tamendarova · March 8, 2014
  • Marie-Claude T.
    If you are not an absinthe connaisseur, try the New Orleans one. Mixed up with mint and Pastis, very good!
    Marie-Claude Thiffeault · January 27, 2014
  • Brad T.
    This place is awesome
    Brad Torb · January 26, 2014
  • Heather Z.
    Sazeracs as tasty as we remembered!
    Heather Zimmerman · January 11, 2014
  • Monica M.
    Cozy fireplace for cool nights. Otherwise the place is a divey sports bar.
    Monica M · December 16, 2013
  • Jorie A.
    There's nothing else like it! Wish they would've had some Mansithe, but I did try Absinthe Lucid. 👍
    Jorie Asperstrand · December 15, 2013
  • Marissa C.
    Absinthe was good. Bar was meh.
    Marissa Coughlin · November 26, 2013
  • Debra O.
    No Ramos Gin Fizz. Should not advertise you are famous for that and not have it. Overpriced well drinks.
    Debra Oliver · October 8, 2013
  • Ulrich K.
    Real Swiss Absinth available , tried the Louisiana one, Berry Good.
    Ulrich Krebs · September 2, 2013
  • Kim B.
    Best Blood Mary's EVER!!!
    Kim Booth · July 27, 2013
  • Mitch E.
    No one at the bar will wait on you.
    Mitch Elatkin · July 14, 2013
  • jb
    Take it from a local, this place is a rip off. Incredibly overpriced, terrible drinks, zero emphasis on absinthe. Its about as historical as winston churchills hemorrhoids
    jb · June 23, 2013
  • Joe B.
    Absinthe is Jaegermeister for Belle Époque douchebags. Having said that, the selection is fantastic and the service is nice.
    Joe Borrelli · June 16, 2013
  • Leonard C.
    Kind of boring. A shitty domestic bottle was 6 dollars. The vibe isn't even that interesting. Business cards and football make sense for a sports bar, not a place that specializes in absinthe.
    Leonard Crist · May 30, 2013
  • Alan N.
    Whiskey / Bourbon cocktails are a must
    Alan Newton · May 30, 2013
  • Ryan Bomber M.
    When in New Orleans....
    Ryan Bomber McNeel · May 19, 2013
  • Andy R.
    The Bloody Marys are fantastic
    Andy Rooks · May 3, 2013
  • Drew S.
    $9 fireballs are impressive....
    Drew S....k · April 24, 2013
  • Fred G.
    Had the top shelf absinthe, they made me welcome with the ritual of the sugar cube, water and all that. Tastes like strong licorice, a biker gang Mae in and ordered 6 shots... Awesome!
    Fred Geiger · April 21, 2013
  • Ghost
    Absinthe shot
    Ghost · March 19, 2013
  • Freddy P.
    Nice pub, cigar friendly.
    Freddy Postel · March 12, 2013
  • Shannon L.
    One of the only bars in the US who will do a real absinthe shot. Order one.
    Shannon Little · March 5, 2013
  • Liz T.
    Outstanding Jukebox...yes jukebox
    Liz Tietz · March 1, 2013
  • Gloria C.
    Get the Bloody Mary, green fairy or Ramos gin fizz
    Gloria Chin · February 23, 2013
  • Chris G.
    Even if absinthe isn't your bag, they make great cocktails that are still solidly in the "other" category.
    Chris G · February 14, 2013
  • Liz R.
    They have the best bloody Mary's here.
    Liz Reardon · January 1, 2013
  • Mo Z.
    One of the more laidback spots on Bourbon street. Yes, there IS wormwood in the absinthe. No, you won't see a green fairy.
    Mo Zak · January 1, 2013
  • James J.
    Get the Bloody Mary. Make sure there are pickled green beans in there. Makes the whole drink.
    James Johnson · November 14, 2012
  • Matthew T.
    Great drinks, cool atmosphere and you can put your business card on the wall!
    Matthew Thibodeaux · June 6, 2012
  • Sonya G.
    Worst service, rude bartenders. No wonder this place is empty on fri of memorial day.
    Sonya Genesius · May 26, 2012
  • Durrell T.
    Good place to start the night easy going
    Durrell Thomas · May 12, 2012
  • LimeLight N.
    Perfect location to end your sat nights aka Sunday mornings.. over a few Irish car bombs
    LimeLight Nola · April 30, 2012
  • Benjammin H.
    Amazing dive bar on Bourbon St. Great knowledgable staff on Absinthe. Get yourself the topself $22 shot. Sip and slip away while listening to Frankie.
    Benjammin Hassell · April 8, 2012
  • AT&T
    Come by the AT&T Fan Zone at Bracket Town at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Mon, April 2, for a chance to get an autograph from basketball legends Jay Williams, David Robinson, & John Havlicek!
    AT&T · March 30, 2012
  • Cathleen D.
    Try the pimm's's great !
    Cathleen Duncan · March 19, 2012
  • Philip H.
    The juke box is cheap & has some good songs. Also try the bloody Mary. Pickled green beans & okra FTW.
    Philip Hand · March 19, 2012
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    We love the Old Absinthe House’s Napoleon-topped water spigot.
  • Mike P.
    Bourbon st built for boozers! How fun!
    Mike Paschel · February 28, 2012
  • Carlton B.
    Wayyyy too expensive. Don't even think about giving them your card. Classic tourist trap. Shame, since the history is interesting.
    Carlton Barzon · February 1, 2012
  • Sima D.
    Order a Bloody Mary. Just trust me.
    Sima Dahl · January 22, 2012
  • Natalie P.
    Best Bloody Mary I've ever had.
    Natalie Phillips · December 26, 2011
  • Kara Lee
    Worst service ever at the bar during the day!
    Kara Lee · November 6, 2011
  • Cody H.
    Absinthe, where else but right here. Price's range from $16-$22 for an epic drink, if your into Absinthe. Or you can sample several adult beverages, plus it's the oldest bar on Bourbon street, sweet..
    Cody Hanson · October 2, 2011
  • Dominique L.
    The drinks are very good
    Dominique Lampton · September 28, 2011
  • Meloney Smith N.
    this is my 'just chill' spot in the city...
  • Fat Mama's Tamales
    spend a few hours here people watching, leave a business card
    Fat Mama's Tamales · August 16, 2011
  • Paolo C.
    20$ for a shot of Absinthe? c'mon...
    Paolo Centofanti · August 9, 2011
  • Jason N.
    Came in on an early Monday evening. Pretty chill dive. The Band into BTO into The Doors didn't hurt either.
    Jason Nivens · July 26, 2011
  • Kevin F.
    Pay with cash. They put a $50 hold when using a card.
    Kevin Florida · July 24, 2011
  • Kristen G.
    Helpful hint: the Absinthe Frappe is just a big-ass glass of Absinthe.
    Kristen G · July 24, 2011
  • Kevin F.
    nice atmosphere, but a bit pricey
    Kevin Florida · July 23, 2011
  • Sergey G.
    watch out for your eats
    Sergey Guryakov · July 22, 2011
  • Sheila C.
    Come in bc its cool, skip the absinthe bc its nasty
    Sheila Conley · June 25, 2011
  • Sacha
    Waited 15 mins to get served; understaffed
    Sacha · June 18, 2011
  • Daniel R.
    Cocktails are slightly over priced, but you are paying for location & ambience.
    Daniel Ruscansky · June 12, 2011
  • Rob D.
    Best Sazerac in the French Quarter
    Rob Delach · April 16, 2011
  • Tim S.
    Tim Stahl · April 10, 2011
  • Travis H.
    Purchase before you piss.
    Travis Hoyt · March 6, 2011
  • Stephanie S.
    leave ur business card on the wall like everyone else has who's been here
    Stephanie Sura · December 15, 2010
  • Melissa C.
    Brooke makes an awesome Pimm's Cup ... AND a MONSTAH Sazerac!
    Melissa Case · November 3, 2010
  • GourmetLive
    Of all the bars lining gaudy Bourbon Street, this may be the only one a local would be caught dead in. Plus, drinks are never wasted, because the law allows you to take them with you wherever you go.
    GourmetLive · October 16, 2010
  • Edtheplumber
    A very nice bar!
    Edtheplumber · June 13, 2010
  • Leslie T.
    Afternoons here are great! Lots of people watching, open doors and windows to the corner and Dawn makes the best mint juleps on Bourbon Street.
    Leslie Travis · May 12, 2010
    For almost 200 years this bar has been a staple of life in the French Quarter. Visitors can sip their favorite beverages as the sights & sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfy tavern.
    HISTORY · April 5, 2010
  • Greg
    Most people are there to drink beer.
    Greg · March 21, 2010
  • Juan V.
    Pedir algo rápido, cervezas o shots. Siempre esta muy lleno y es demorado el@servicio
    Juan Valderrama C · July 23, 2014
  • Mauricio M.
    Excelente lugar, nada ruidoso.
    Mauricio Marín · December 24, 2012
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