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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone Number: +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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Don't miss the piano bar

This is a funny place: on Bourbon Street, but far enough along that it's outside the main drag. It looks crowded (and often it is!), but keep wandering through and you will... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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West Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is advertised as the oldest bar in New Orleans. We stopped in here for a quick drink which was pretty good. Great bartenders who do a nice job talking with you about the history of the pirates in the area when they have time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a funny place: on Bourbon Street, but far enough along that it's outside the main drag. It looks crowded (and often it is!), but keep wandering through and you will discover more nooks and crannies. There's a great two-sided fireplace in the middle that you can hang out at, but the real treat is the piano bar snuggled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Of course we stopped for a drink here.. very historic and they had reasonably priced drinks in this nice bar.. dark, no lights except candles so very interesting.. a good location and many might say a must do when in NOLA.

Thank rbwriter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is my favorite place to have a Hurricane! Even after sharing a single drink I get tipsy (strong!). You can't beat the oldest bar in North America! It has a fantastic atmosphere and we love to sit outside and watch the tourists pass by.

Thank Melinda T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very packed to be at the end of Bourbon, but it didnt feel too clausterphobic! The bathroom situation needs some love, but the hurricane is real fruit and the best in NOLA

Thank d s
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well how do you go to the French Quarter and not at least stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar? This place was built some time between 1722 and 1732 and is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States...and it was owned by a pirate...so yes we had to stop. Pirates, history, booze, sounded... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a bit of history and great drinks at the same time. Sexy vibe with a wide variety of guests. Drinks were good and bartender friendly

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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had such an amazing time at this bar. The candle lit piano player was the best! Anyone can sit around the piano and request songs for him to play. Everyone sings along (like a regular piano bar except it is more interment) Loved the atmosphere and the decor.

Thank Kellzm23
West Friendship, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Found this place by recommendation. Cool place with piano bar in the back. Worth the walk up the end of Bourbon St.

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Ballwin, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Loved this bar, great drinks, everything is candle lit- very unique experience. They say it's the oldest bar in America! Definitely a must see, grab a drink and sit inside or out.

Thank Olivia S

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