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Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
+1 504-523-3181
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A must do in NOLA!

Being an Absinthe enthusiast, I had to check "having a glass of Absinthe at the Old Absinthe House... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Tiffany M
via mobile
Favourite place to drink in NOLA

We keep returning to this dark, small bar each trip to NOLA. Why? The drinks are strong, the price... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Michael A
Tampa, Florida, United States
via mobile
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“sugar cubes” (22 reviews)
“bourbon street” (33 reviews)
“ramos fizz” (5 reviews)
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240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
French Quarter
+1 504-523-3181
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Being an Absinthe enthusiast, I had to check "having a glass of Absinthe at the Old Absinthe House" off my bucket list. Glad I did because the place is amazing! It is a must do when visiting the French Quarter.

1  Thank Tiffany M
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We keep returning to this dark, small bar each trip to NOLA. Why? The drinks are strong, the price is right and the staff are a blast. It's a little older crowd, 40s+, and that's fine with me.

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We went here to have an authentic absinthe drink. This place looks very authentic. They serve absinthe drinks the old way with sugar cubes and a lighter. They have q range of absinthe quality available, we had the 2 most expensive. They were very good....More

Thank ruthkumi
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I love this place and their absinthe is tasty. The bar area is open and comfortable. Weeknight with no major events made it very chill. I can't recall the name of the server pictures ( send a message if it is you and you prefer...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Was offered 4 levels of Absinthe...You only live twice..Go only for the only the best. Sip slowly and ask for take out.

Thank retiredchuck
Reviewed 1 August 2017

First and foremost, I get it that this is a specialty place that serves absinthe; I just don't feel it's worth it to spend $26 on a 5 oz cocktail that you may or may not like. The place is one of the oldest bars...More

1  Thank Zac S
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This bar holds a lot of history and is very quaint. It is quieter than your usual bar, which is so nice. They specialize in the drink-absinthe. This is a great place to sit in front of the window and people watch. All over the...More

Thank DebraSanford
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Saw this bar listed on TripAdvisor as one of the oldest in the country, so had to stop by. Sat for about an hour at the bar. It's really old and just cool. Quintessential New Orleans. It was fun to watch people come in and...More

1  Thank Suewilli
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Great place for a drink. Had my first "real" Hurricane here. Much better then the other's available at some of the larger venues in New Orleans. Shout out to Maggie our bartender for making our visit their special and to recommending a great place for...More

Thank DjGrimaldi
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Quick friendly service. This place is ancient and cool in that regard. Maybe if we go back and actually have some absinthe I'll have more gleaming stand out points to the place. Haha. Not bad, not a whole lot of personality though.

Thank 38bernadetteh
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
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31 March 2016|
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Response from claire s | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! No you do not need to be 21 to get in. Have never thought to eat there with so many other places. Just a real, genuine old New Orleans bar....been there forever!