The Old Absinthe House

Bar, General Entertainment, and Dive Bar
240 Bourbon St (at Bienville St), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Tue
    • 9:00 PM–Midnight
  • Wed
    • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
    • 8:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Thu
    • 3:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Fri
    • Noon–3:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 3:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No

For almost 200 years the Old Absinthe House bar has been a staple of life in the Vieux Carré. Located on the corner of Rue Bourbon and Rue Bienville, the cooper-topped wooden bar captivates patrons as they sip their favorite beverages.

8.1/10

Based on 284 votes

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Total Visitors
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  • Desiree

    First Bar we went to on Bourbon Street. Had to try a Sazerac!

    Desiree · 1 week ago
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  • 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 · 1 week ago
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  • Rob W.

    I don't remember....

    Rob Winters · March 28
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  • Mark C.

    Bartenders are laid back, and very knowledgeable about the 'Green Faerie'. Nice 1st experience for me.

    Mark Campbell · March 26
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Matthew B.

    Absinthe of course

    Matthew Butler · December 22, 2014
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  • Amber E.

    shot roulette. try not to drink the gin

    Amber E · September 26, 2014
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  • maibey

    The cocktails are wonderful here. This is a nice change of pace on Bourbon.

    maibey · August 31, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Old Absinthe House as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
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  • Felicia B.

    Sit upstairs on the balcony. View is nice!

    Felicia Bethea · August 13, 2014
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  • Jesse M.

    Anything with the Word Absinthe has to be Good!!! :)

    Jesse McGee · August 8, 2014
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  • Juan V.

    Pedir algo rápido, cervezas o shots. Siempre esta muy lleno y es demorado el@servicio

    Juan Valderrama C · July 23, 2014
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  • Jeff M.

    Fuck. This place rules...

    Jeff Manalli · June 28, 2014
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  • John R.

    Really like the sazeracs here.

    John R · April 19, 2014
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  • 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
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  • David M.

    Cozy by the fire place

    David Mayhew · April 8, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Brad T.

    This place is awesome

    Brad Torb · January 26, 2014
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  • Heather Z.

    Sazeracs as tasty as we remembered!

    Heather Zimmerman · January 11, 2014
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  • Monica M.

    Cozy fireplace for cool nights. Otherwise the place is a divey sports bar.

    Monica M · December 16, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Marissa C.

    Absinthe was good. Bar was meh.

    Marissa Coughlin · November 26, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Ulrich K.

    Real Swiss Absinth available , tried the Louisiana one, Berry Good.

    Ulrich Krebs · September 2, 2013
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  • Kim B.

    Best Blood Mary's EVER!!!

    Kim Booth · July 27, 2013
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  • Mitch E.

    No one at the bar will wait on you.

    Mitch Elatkin · July 14, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Alan N.

    Whiskey / Bourbon cocktails are a must

    Alan Newton · May 30, 2013
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  • Ryan Bomber M.

    When in New Orleans....

    Ryan Bomber McNeel · May 19, 2013
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  • Andy R.

    The Bloody Marys are fantastic

    Andy Rooks · May 3, 2013
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  • Drew S.

    $9 fireballs are impressive....

    Drew S....k · April 24, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Ghost

    Absinthe shot

    Ghost · March 19, 2013
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  • Freddy P.

    Nice pub, cigar friendly.

    Freddy Postel · March 12, 2013
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  • Shannon L.

    One of the only bars in the US who will do a real absinthe shot. Order one.

    Shannon Little · March 5, 2013
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  • Liz T.

    Outstanding Jukebox...yes jukebox

    Liz Tietz · March 1, 2013
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  • Gloria C.

    Get the Bloody Mary, green fairy or Ramos gin fizz

    Gloria Chin · February 23, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Liz R.

    They have the best bloody Mary's here.

    Liz Reardon · January 1, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Mauricio M.

    Excelente lugar, nada ruidoso.

    Mauricio Marín · December 24, 2012
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  • James J.

    Get the Bloody Mary. Make sure there are pickled green beans in there. Makes the whole drink.

    James Johnson · November 14, 2012
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  • Matthew T.

    Great drinks, cool atmosphere and you can put your business card on the wall!

    Matthew Thibodeaux · June 6, 2012
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  • Sonya G.

    Worst service, rude bartenders. No wonder this place is empty on fri of memorial day.

    Sonya Genesius · May 26, 2012
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  • Durrell T.

    Good place to start the night easy going

    Durrell Thomas · May 12, 2012
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