The Old Absinthe House

Bar, General Entertainment, and Dive Bar
240 Bourbon St (at Bienville St), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
Hours:
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 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
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Tue
    • 9:00 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.

7.9/10

Based on 297 votes

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Total Visitors
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    Melissa C.
    "Brooke makes an awesome Pimm's Cup ... AND a MONSTAH Sazerac!"(6 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)
    Liz R.
    "They have the best bloody Mary's here."(7 Tips)
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  • Heather D.

    My favorite NOLA bar. Get a gin fizz and people watch.

    Heather D · May 22
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  • Kelly W.

    What should you try here? Absinthe!

    Kelly Wong · May 12
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  • Desiree

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

    Desiree · April 19
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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 · April 15
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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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  • Meg

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

    Meg · August 31, 2014
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    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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