Lafitte’s Backsmith Shop – The Oldest Bar in the U.S.


The New Orleans nightlife bar scene is commonly associated by the hundreds of tourists that flock to Bourbon Street on a nightly base.  The search for cheap liquor, jazz music and inhibitions makes this location of the French Quarter one of the most visited places in the country.  It also makes the less commonly visited bars unique to the crescent city.

A “New Orleans institution” constructed in 1722 on Bourbon Street, Lafitte’s Blacksmith 
Shop blends pirate history with culture blended into the perfect recipe only found in the city.  Considered the oldest operating bar in the country, Lafitte’s originally operated as a blacksmith shop that served as a front for Jean and Pierre’s smuggling operation until 1791.

Lured by its rich history and haunted tales from the past, there have been allegedly multiple sightings of Lafitte sitting near the piano bar with a drink in hand.   The candlelit tables provide an intimate experience for patrons indulging on its history or sipping on the signature purple voodoo drink or a hurricane.  Use your best judgement while ordering drinks as they can be stronger than normal.

Location: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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