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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Open today: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
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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
+1 504-593-9761
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you only go to one bar while on new Orleans, make it this one. This bar is the oldest running bar in America. They trace there heritage back to the pirate days . You must stop by and see this place at night and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Firemedic26
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited twice while we were in New Orleans really great atmosphere, usually a tourist crowd but still really happy chilled vibe. Staff friendly & helpful, prices reasonable & great drinks. Would definitely recommend a visit. Big thumbs up from us.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TerriR237
Reviewed 5 days ago

We liked this bar, very old lots of atmoshere. We were very pleased we stopped off here. It was quiet when we went mid afternoon and had no problem getting a seat or being served.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank colina908
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 3 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 4 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
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September 8, 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
April 20, 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
June 14, 2015|
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Response from carling164 | Reviewed this property |
Lillly was a dear friend .. Henry drove her crazy