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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
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+1 504-593-9761
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.

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Purple drank

You only need one for the whole night lol. This drink was really great. And the service was really quick. Thanks guys!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alexander City, Alabama
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Alexander City, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You only need one for the whole night lol. This drink was really great. And the service was really quick. Thanks guys!

Thank Gryffindor90
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you can imagine the campground version of a bar, this is probably it. It's got a lot of history, which means you will not find sparkly anything in this bar. If you want to party dirty pirate style with cheap generous drinks, quick service, and a fun atmosphere then this may be a good stop. It cannot be stressed... More 

Thank 811raqueld
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were her on Halloween, so the atmosphere was decidedly dark and mysterious. Really liked the place.

Thank Sue M
Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the dark, old interior! Piano player was fantastic and even played Piano Man lol! Reasonable drink prices.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Only stopped in for a cold beer and was looking more from the historical perspective and it did not dissapoint!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was great! Beer was cold and sitting in such a historic place is what made it. Will definitely come back again!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Lafitte's because it was advertised as the oldest bar in America. A little research revealed that it is the oldest building to hold a bar but that it is not the oldest bar (it originated as a blacksmith forge). The building is obviously very old and they have done a great job at maintaining its history. I... More 

Thank Alicia G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no doubt that this is the bar with the most character in the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest bars in the country and well worth a visit. We stopped by at least once a day while we were there. Fun staff and while super busy at times, the crowd ebbed and flowed enough to make... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice ambient, and good looking old building, but too many modern things like Christmas color lights and plastic glasses that ruin the experience a little bit. I only went late at night. Maybe is one of those rare cases where a bar is better with daylight.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This historic building has a bit of local flavor and is worth seeing. An alternative to buying a drink at one of the innumerable local bars and music clubs.

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