The Old Absinthe House

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
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.

8.0/10

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  • HISTORY

    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
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  • 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
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  • Meloney Smith N.

    this is my 'just chill' spot in the city...

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  • Fat Mama's Tamales

    spend a few hours here people watching, leave a business card

    Fat Mama's Tamales · August 16, 2011
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  • Melissa C.

    Brooke makes an awesome Pimm's Cup ... AND a MONSTAH Sazerac!

    Melissa Case · November 3, 2010
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  • Edtheplumber

    A very nice bar!

    Edtheplumber · June 13, 2010
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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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  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith

    We love the Old Absinthe House’s Napoleon-topped water spigot.

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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Paolo C.

    20$ for a shot of Absinthe? c'mon...

    Paolo Centofanti · August 9, 2011
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  • Robert B.

    Best Sazerac in the French Quarter

    Robert Barber-Delach · April 16, 2011
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Sima D.

    Order a Bloody Mary. Just trust me.

    Sima Dahl · January 22, 2012
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  • Natalie P.

    Best Bloody Mary I've ever had.

    Natalie Phillips · December 26, 2011
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  • Kevin F.

    Pay with cash. They put a $50 hold when using a card.

    Kevin Florida · July 24, 2011
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  • Kristen G.

    Helpful hint: the Absinthe Frappe is just a big-ass glass of Absinthe.

    Kristen G · July 24, 2011
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  • Kevin F.

    nice atmosphere, but a bit pricey

    Kevin Florida · July 23, 2011
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  • Stephanie S.

    leave ur business card on the wall like everyone else has who's been here

    Stephanie Sura · December 15, 2010
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  • John R.

    Really like the sazeracs here.

    John R · April 19, 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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  • Marissa C.

    Absinthe was good. Bar was meh.

    Marissa Coughlin · November 26, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kara Lee

    Worst service ever at the bar during the day!

    Kara Lee · November 6, 2011
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  • 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
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  • Sheila C.

    Come in bc its cool, skip the absinthe bc its nasty

    Sheila Conley · June 25, 2011
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  • Greg

    Most people are there to drink beer.

    Greg · March 21, 2010
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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 · 21 hours ago
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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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  • Jeff M.

    Fuck. This place rules...

    Jeff Manalli · June 28, 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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  • 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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