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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar: Tours & Tickets

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Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.
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941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
French Quarter
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Built between 1722 and 1732, and believed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the US, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar is thought to be part of the Lafitte brothers smuggling operation (but this might be an urban legend). It is is worth...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ToTravelIsBrilliant
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited at 2pm thinking it wouldn't be crowded. It was. We were invited to sit with a coupld from NYC and their friend who met them from South Carolina. They were outstanding. They had friends from LSU and were invided to a tail gate...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Whoppie2
Reviewed 1 week ago

wow what a place to have a drink definitely on quite end of Bourbon street great history reasonable price drinks

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank mhochwallner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very old historical bar in the FQ. Building dates back to the 1770's time period. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of pirate Jean Lafitte. I went in the daytime, but was told by a tour guide that there is no electric...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BusinessTraveler2006
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lafitte's has character that you don't find many places. It is billed as the oldest continuous operating bar in the US. It's origin dates back to 1772. We just wanted to see it and say we had been there. It is a small dark bar...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank morrisn90
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lafitte's is perfectly old and especially atmospheric. The "purple drank" is hyped but one won't leave you incapacitated. It's actually quite tasty. An excellent example of colonial architecture. Well worth a stop in.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Suzanne D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé and I went on a tour of the quarter and this was the mid stopping place. Didn’t stay for much other than a bathroom break and a drink. We came at night, it was Uber dark in the building. The recommended drink is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank danii_laurita
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here on a busy Friday night. Place is cool. Lots of history. Decent selection of drinks. We just had two beers as it was HOT outside and we needed to quench our thirsts. The bar was busy but I people were being served...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nomad1972
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very historic building, there are no electric lights, just candles and gaslights. Make sure you read about the history, very interesting! This is the oldest continuously running bar in the U.S (1772). Our server was great giving us more history about this place. Very cool...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Nadine Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As the halfway point on our ghost walk, we stopped here quickly for a drink. We had the alcohol soaked cherries - delicious. Inside was dark, but really cool interior. I would like to go visit for a longer time.

Date of experience: September 2019
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8 September 2019|
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Response from tigerw01 | Reviewed this property |
He would certainly be able to enter with parents, however the drinking age is 21 in Louisiana. Having said that, Bourbon Street is a much more "relaxed" area of the city when it comes to enforcement, so you may get him past... More
20 April 2016|
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Response from Scarlkj | Reviewed this property |
I don't understand this question as I have NEVER seen this bar closed. I am here now & just inquired.....they have a 24-hour liquor license. They open at 9am and typically close at about 4-4:30 am depending on the crowds. So... More
14 June 2015|
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Lillly was a dear friend .. Henry drove her crazy