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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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Kelly's 50th Birthday Dinner

My main reason for a full 5 star review is because of the bartender Courtney! LOVE! This little... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2016
Los Angeles
History & Alcohol

Incredible history at this 200 year old bar. The place still has some of the original features... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2016
Debra C
Kissimmee, Florida
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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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 15 April 2016

My main reason for a full 5 star review is because of the bartender Courtney! LOVE! This little Absinthe House on Bourbon St. is kind of a diver local spot in the middle of a very touristy area. While taking advantage of the tourist revenue...More

Thank DamainAnastasio
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Incredible history at this 200 year old bar. The place still has some of the original features including the bar which they hid during prohibition in fear of it being destroyed. We ordered an Absinthe to try for the first time. There are many types...More

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Cool absinthe jars on the bar and just what you would expect in a dive bar. Prices are a bit high, but it's to be expected. Local flare.

Thank legsbell
Reviewed 24 March 2016

There a a hundred of these on Bourbon Street. The bar tendresses are cold and just going through the motions because half the people in here are bombed, and can be pretty rowdy. Drink are Ok, but nothing special, and $10 at that. Room is...More

Thank Nefelokokigia
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Charm, and likely other substances, ooze from the walls of this Bourbon St. dive bar. Be sure to have the bartender share the story about the urn of ashes up near the TV. Nice spot on Bourbon for adult beverages that don’t come in neon...More

Thank KMTH_travels
Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

No place I'd rather be for a pick me up at 10:00am (or earlier!). Excellent for people watching. They have the best bloody... Even if you aren't a huge fan, give it a try.

Thank EIU1980
Reviewed 25 February 2016

This place was crowded and gross. Don't bother here - if you want the traditional Absinthe experience, go to Antoines and head to the bar. They have the same traditional absinthe set up, and if that doesn't take your fancy, you can wash it down...More

1  Thank Cathryn S
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

We walked into the Old Absinthe House and tried 2 different kinds, I had the Matahari. The friendly bartender, Can't remember her name now, she made a show of pouring and mixing the absinthe. Love the old building with lots of history.

Thank lynnxx77
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Before we left New Orleans we knew we had to try absinthe at least once... so we headed down Bourbon St. to the Old Absinthe House (where else?!). While it's spending indulgence, it is an experience well worth it. I'd heard about absinthe for a...More

1  Thank Susie J
Reviewed 31 January 2016

No trip is complete without a stop in, its one of my favs! The history seeps through the walls, listen closely and you too can hear it!

1  Thank Maggie L
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!