We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
Phone Number:
+1 504-523-3181
09:00 - 03:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 03:00

This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two...

This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 237 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 82
  • 75
    Very good
  • 32
  • 21
  • 20
Great place

Great spot on bourbon street, offers a good variety of absinthe shots, a little expensive about 18$ for a large shot but certainly worth it if you've never tried absinthe, nice... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2016
Michael E
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

237 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 230: English reviews
Level Contributor
47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Great spot on bourbon street, offers a good variety of absinthe shots, a little expensive about 18$ for a large shot but certainly worth it if you've never tried absinthe, nice bar on bourbon street and not to loud

1 Thank Michael E
Casey, Illinois
Level Contributor
27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a...what else: Absinthe. It was very good and the atmosphere is unbeatable. It's old, it's dark, it's full of history. In my opinion it's a "must do" while on Bourbon street

Thank Michael R
chamblee, GA
Level Contributor
92 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

We went in due to the age of the bar, and I wanted to try absinthe. We grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered one up! The bartender was excellent and the drink tasted much like anise. Interesting. After about 5 sips of the drink I felt very tipsy! Unreal. We enjoyed the experience.

Thank thalialou
Level Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Old, full of character, and great drinks. The bloody mary is bloody good - perfectly spiced with a pickled green bean garnish. We decided to try Absinthe for the first time. If you like anise, licorice, or black jelly beans, you may love it. It was a little strong for us but we gave it the college try. Sadly, we... More 

Thank Randi L
Winter Park, Florida
Level Contributor
274 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015

Every time when in New Orleans a drink here is a must!! Just as always the bartender was great and loved speaking with others at the bar..friendly!!!!

Thank claire s
Lerna, Illinois
Level Contributor
109 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

I love the old building and the ritual of a drink of absinthe. The tools alone are so gorgeous! Be careful if you try one - they are strong!

Thank michelle s
Gilbert, Arizona
Level Contributor
266 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 695 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015

I was very much looking forward to visiting here, as it is quite old. In honor of times past, I ordered a Kubler. When in NOLA, right? This was a one-drink stop for us, so we could say that we have been here.

1 Thank TLBPsyD
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

celebrated my 50th birthday here - the bartender was fantastic - it was early Saturday evening & she asked why we were there - she allowed my bucket list moment of "bourbon on Bourbon Street" to come true with the most amazing bourbon cocktail - highly recommend as not a trashy/loud venue - for the more discerning clientele one could... More 

1 Thank JoWestrupp
Newport News, Virginia
Level Contributor
68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2015 via mobile

Our final night in NOLA and we wanted to try absinthe. Two of the young ladies tending bar helped us understand how absinthe drinks are prepared, and we shared a Butterfly Absinthe. This palace is largely open air, dark, noisy and really in the middle of Bourbon St mayhem, but it was across street from our hotel and they did... More 

Thank Rick M
Level Contributor
65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

No better place to pick you up from the night before. High bar stools means resting your head on the bar is easy. Go here enough times and you will see a fellow bartender/service worker stop in for a quick shot and a beer before heading in for their shift. I love this place - the people, the booze, the... More 

Thank EIU1980

Travellers who viewed Old Absinthe House also viewed


Been to Old Absinthe House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Old Absinthe House and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Indianapolis, Indiana

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Old Absinthe House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?

Staying in French Quarter

Neighbourhood Profile
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
Explore this neighbourhood