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Address: 240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
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+1 504-523-3181
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09:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 03:00
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two...

This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.

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great history, seedy ditty bar though.

It is a nice piece of history, but it's not the most tidy place. Loads of business cards cover the walls, but I do find myself going in just to see if my card has been torn down... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 January 2017
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New York City, New York
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Fort Worth, TX
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

One of the places I can strike off my to do list. The lack of ambience doesn't justify $20 absinthe drinks. The Napoleon bar is a much more pleasurable experience.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

It is a nice piece of history, but it's not the most tidy place. Loads of business cards cover the walls, but I do find myself going in just to see if my card has been torn down. Decent service, and drinks too.

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Thank Bernardo F
Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The server simply didn't want to serve us when we walked in. She asked for passport ( during rainy night) when I showed her ID which was accepted in all locations we went. We walked right out There is another cafe/ bar called Pirate Cafe, not too far from this place that serves absinthe

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Thank xinsuanguy
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This place isn't much to look at but it is one of the oldest bars in town with interesting history. And it provides a great hiding spot from the crazy Bourbon crowd. You can pop in for some Absinthe or a delicious Ramos Gin Fizz. The original marble fountains still align the bar and the massive old fireplace sits in... More 

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Thank bookofadventures
Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

One female bartender behind the bar and she never would wait on me. Almost seemed like she already knew several of the other customers but they all had drinks and she would not even look my way. Was in the middle of the afternoon so not packed or anything like that. We finally just got up and left.

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Thank Tenpin2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

My husband likes absinthe, I'd never had it but love black licorice... Place wasn't that busy but the bartender couldn't have been any less helpful or friendly. Not sure what all the sports decor/helmets on the ceiling have to do with"absinthe" but the vibe is odd... Glad I tried it the traditional way though, unique experience.

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Thank Krista A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Cool place, but priced to keep the rif raf out. 2 Bud lights and 4 Fernets was 62$. Maybe that's why it was empty. Bartender Lauren was really awesome though.

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Thank peter m
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Absinthe? Tastes like Pernod. The place is dark & small. Really nothing special IMHO. You can get absinthe in many bars around the quarter and hear some music while you sip.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This bar has its own motto! --> "Everyone you have known, or ever will know, will eventually end up at the Old Absinthe House." It definitely is just that, an old absinthe house, in fact, you can smell absinthe when you walk in, even when the doors and windows are open. I don't know if I had just gone in... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Walked into this place because I like a drink of absinthe. Imagine my delight when the girl at the bar placed a particular kind of spoon over a particular kind of glass, placed a sugar cube on the spoon and continued with the old fashioned seremony of pouring absinthe over sugar and then set it on fire. I had read... More 

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