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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)
    Debra O.
    "No Ramos Gin Fizz."(3 Tips)
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  • Doug W.
    Doug WMay 13
    Tried the Green Fairy. It's good, but dangerous. They pour damn near an entire rocks glass so if you're old like me beware. I wised up and traded it in for a beer.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerFebruary 3
    One of the only bars on Bourbon Street worth visiting, preferably very late.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceDecember 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great history. But. Really expensive drinks
  • Mary Joan C.
    Mary Joan CranstounNovember 14, 2016
    Not what expected considering"speakeasy"
  • Tansy A.
    Tansy ArronSeptember 8, 2016
    Great service!
  • Cobalt R.
    Cobalt RavenSeptember 6, 2016
    Looked nasty...Saw it on 'awesome places 2go2eat food& drink places' wanted to just check it out, maybe taste a bit. I walked in there an avid photographer& couldnot take a picture of a single thing
  • a b.
    a bMarch 9, 2016
    Not that great
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MJanuary 21, 2016
    Old school vibes
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    This felt like of the more legit Bourbon St choices. Our absinthe was delightful.
  • Jes H.
    Jes HawthorneOctober 31, 2015
    Life !!!!!!!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SidesOctober 13, 2015
    Another hole! Totally a Place to drink on your way to the next place to drink!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DMay 22, 2015
    My favorite NOLA bar. Get a gin fizz and people watch.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 12, 2015
    What should you try here? Absinthe!
  • Desiree
    DesireeApril 19, 2015
    First Bar we went to on Bourbon Street. Had to try a Sazerac!
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 15, 2015
    Absinthe is the name of the game along with whiskey. Good service and prices. Spicy popcorn is a great bar snack.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CampbellMarch 26, 2015
    Bartenders are laid back, and very knowledgeable about the 'Green Faerie'. Nice 1st experience for me.
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobertsMarch 3, 2015
    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.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 2, 2015
    Serving patrons for 200 years including many historical figures and celebrities, this is a gem on Bourbon Street. The Sazerac is incredible!
  • Cory G.
    Cory GagnonJanuary 26, 2015
    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.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew ButlerDecember 22, 2014
    Absinthe of course
  • Amber E.
    Amber ESeptember 26, 2014
    shot roulette. try not to drink the gin
  • Meg
    MegAugust 31, 2014
    The cocktails are wonderful here. This is a nice change of pace on Bourbon.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Old Absinthe House as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Felicia B.
    Felicia BetheaAugust 13, 2014
    Sit upstairs on the balcony. View is nice!
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse McGeeAugust 8, 2014
    Anything with the Word Absinthe has to be Good!!! :)
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff ManalliJune 28, 2014
    Fuck. This place rules...
  • John R.
    John RApril 19, 2014
    Really like the sazeracs here.
  • Mick M.
    Mick MillerApril 11, 2014
    Bar top is uncomfortably high, but the tenders are very open and warm provided you tip like a grownup and not a college student.
  • David M.
    David MayhewApril 8, 2014
    Cozy by the fire place
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaMarch 8, 2014
    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.
  • Marie-Claude T.
    Marie-Claude ThiffeaultJanuary 27, 2014
    If you are not an absinthe connaisseur, try the New Orleans one. Mixed up with mint and Pastis, very good!
  • Brad T.
    Brad TorbJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is awesome
  • Heather Z.
    Heather ZimmermanJanuary 11, 2014
    Sazeracs as tasty as we remembered!
  • Monica M.
    Monica MDecember 16, 2013
    Cozy fireplace for cool nights. Otherwise the place is a divey sports bar.
  • Jorie A.
    Jorie AsperstrandDecember 15, 2013
    There's nothing else like it! Wish they would've had some Mansithe, but I did try Absinthe Lucid. 👍
  • Marissa C.
    Marissa CoughlinNovember 26, 2013
    Absinthe was good. Bar was meh.
  • Debra O.
    Debra OliverOctober 8, 2013
    No Ramos Gin Fizz. Should not advertise you are famous for that and not have it. Overpriced well drinks.
  • Ulrich K.
    Ulrich KrebsSeptember 2, 2013
    Real Swiss Absinth available , tried the Louisiana one, Berry Good.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BoothJuly 27, 2013
    Best Blood Mary's EVER!!!
  • Mitch E.
    Mitch ElatkinJuly 14, 2013
    No one at the bar will wait on you.
  • jb
    jbJune 23, 2013
    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
  • Joe B.
    Joe BorrelliJune 16, 2013
    Absinthe is Jaegermeister for Belle Époque douchebags. Having said that, the selection is fantastic and the service is nice.
  • Leonard C.
    Leonard CristMay 30, 2013
    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.
  • Alan N.
    Alan NewtonMay 30, 2013
    Whiskey / Bourbon cocktails are a must
  • Ryan Bomber M.
    Ryan Bomber McNeelMay 19, 2013
    When in New Orleans....
  • Drew S.
    Drew S....kApril 24, 2013
    $9 fireballs are impressive....
  • Fred G.
    Fred GeigerApril 21, 2013
    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!
  • Ghost
    GhostMarch 19, 2013
    Absinthe shot
  • Freddy P.
    Freddy PostelMarch 12, 2013
    Nice pub, cigar friendly.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LittleMarch 5, 2013
    One of the only bars in the US who will do a real absinthe shot. Order one.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TietzMarch 1, 2013
    Outstanding Jukebox...yes jukebox
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 23, 2013
    Get the Bloody Mary, green fairy or Ramos gin fizz
  • Chris G.
    Chris GFebruary 14, 2013
    Even if absinthe isn't your bag, they make great cocktails that are still solidly in the "other" category.
  • Liz R.
    Liz ReardonJanuary 1, 2013
    They have the best bloody Mary's here.
  • Mo Z.
    Mo ZakJanuary 1, 2013
    One of the more laidback spots on Bourbon street. Yes, there IS wormwood in the absinthe. No, you won't see a green fairy.
  • James J.
    James JohnsonNovember 14, 2012
    Get the Bloody Mary. Make sure there are pickled green beans in there. Makes the whole drink.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew ThibodeauxJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great drinks, cool atmosphere and you can put your business card on the wall!
  • Sonya G.
    Sonya GenesiusMay 26, 2012
    Worst service, rude bartenders. No wonder this place is empty on fri of memorial day.
  • Durrell T.
    Durrell ThomasMay 12, 2012
    Good place to start the night easy going
  • LimeLight N.
    LimeLight NolaApril 30, 2012
    Perfect location to end your sat nights aka Sunday mornings.. over a few Irish car bombs
  • Benjammin H.
    Benjammin HassellApril 8, 2012
    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.
  • AT&T
    AT&TMarch 30, 2012
    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!
  • Cathleen D.
    Cathleen DuncanMarch 19, 2012
    Try the pimm's's great !
  • Philip H.
    Philip HandMarch 19, 2012
    The juke box is cheap & has some good songs. Also try the bloody Mary. Pickled green beans & okra FTW.
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    We love the Old Absinthe House’s Napoleon-topped water spigot.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PaschelFebruary 28, 2012
    Bourbon st built for boozers! How fun!
  • Carlton B.
    Carlton BarzonFebruary 1, 2012
    Wayyyy too expensive. Don't even think about giving them your card. Classic tourist trap. Shame, since the history is interesting.
  • Sima D.
    Sima Dahl, CSPJanuary 22, 2012
    Order a Bloody Mary. Just trust me.
  • Natalie P.
    Natalie PhillipsDecember 26, 2011
    Best Bloody Mary I've ever had.
  • Kara Lee
    Kara LeeNovember 6, 2011
    Worst service ever at the bar during the day!
  • Cody H.
    Cody HansonOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Absinthe, where else but right here. Price's range from $16-$22 for an epic drink, if your into Absinthe. Or you can sample several adult beverages, plus it's the oldest bar on Bourbon street, sweet..
  • Dominique L.
    Dominique LamptonSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The drinks are very good
  • Fat Mama's Tamales
    Fat Mama's TamalesAugust 16, 2011
    spend a few hours here people watching, leave a business card
  • Paolo C.
    Paolo CentofantiAugust 9, 2011
    20$ for a shot of Absinthe? c'mon...
  • Jason N.
    Jason NivensJuly 26, 2011
    Came in on an early Monday evening. Pretty chill dive. The Band into BTO into The Doors didn't hurt either.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FloridaJuly 24, 2011
    Pay with cash. They put a $50 hold when using a card.
  • Kristen G.
    Kristen GJuly 24, 2011
    Helpful hint: the Absinthe Frappe is just a big-ass glass of Absinthe.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FloridaJuly 23, 2011
    nice atmosphere, but a bit pricey
  • Sergey G.
    Sergey GuryakovJuly 22, 2011
    watch out for your eats
  • Sheila C.
    Sheila ConleyJune 25, 2011
    Come in bc its cool, skip the absinthe bc its nasty
  • Sacha
    SachaJune 18, 2011
    Waited 15 mins to get served; understaffed
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RuscanskyJune 12, 2011
    Cocktails are slightly over priced, but you are paying for location & ambience.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DelachApril 16, 2011
    Best Sazerac in the French Quarter
  • Tim S.
    Tim StahlApril 10, 2011
  • Travis H.
    Travis HoytMarch 6, 2011
    Purchase before you piss.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SuraDecember 15, 2010
    leave ur business card on the wall like everyone else has who's been here
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CaseNovember 3, 2010
    Brooke makes an awesome Pimm's Cup ... AND a MONSTAH Sazerac!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 16, 2010
    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.
  • Edtheplumber
    EdtheplumberJune 13, 2010
    A very nice bar!
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TravisMay 12, 2010
    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.
    HISTORYApril 5, 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.
  • Greg
    GregMarch 21, 2010
    Most people are there to drink beer.
  • PalenkaUKR
    PalenkaUKRFebruary 12
    Overrated place. Nothing special exept prices and stale smell. Full of Tourists. / место явно переоценено. Высокие цены, спертый запах и красиво слепленная легенда, заманивающая только туристов.
  • Juan V.
    Juan Valderrama CJuly 23, 2014
    Pedir algo rápido, cervezas o shots. Siempre esta muy lleno y es demorado el@servicio
  • Mauricio M.
    Mauricio MarínDecember 24, 2012
    Excelente lugar, nada ruidoso.
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