Jean Lafittes Old Absinthe House | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Jean Lafittes Old Absinthe House
Above Average based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

240 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana United States 70130 [ print map ]
504 523 3181 | facebook

Hours: Always open

Taps: 8 |

Jean Lafittes Old Absinthe House

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10 reviews for Jean Lafittes Old Absinthe House
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  59%
 Selection  34%
 Food N/A 
 Value  54%
 Overall  56%
 Rating  60%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 1/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 7/20
fiveacestx  (157) Texas | May 31, 2014
I donít understand why this place is listed. They had three craft beers on tap (I guess thatís all it takes). The place looked like a dump.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 9/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | April 1, 2014| Updated May 11, 2014
Visited February 16, 2014.

Interesting place on Bourbon Street. I hesitate to call this a beer bar since of the 10ish taps only two or three of them qualify as non-macros, and those were of course NOLA beers. This being one of my first stops in New Orleans I got a pint of a NOLA beer (in a plastic cup of course) and looked at the bottle list. This list doesnít contain any beer bottles per se, but it does have several different kinds of absinthe. So, for $25, I was able to watch the bartender pour the absinthe over the sugar cube and light it on fire before they mixed in some other stuff to water it down. Not a bad drink really but itís a novel experience, and one that I donít really need to repeat for that price. The service wasnít bad but again, this is not a beer bar.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 9/20
SudsMcDuff  (188) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | September 21, 2011
Stopped by to use the can and have a glass of Absinthe .. The drink was prepared how i liked, but no fire thank you... um, the bathroom was clean .. the bartender was a nice lady .. but not a beer beer place ..
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 12/20
Zenwolf  (52) Waterloo, Ontario | August 26, 2010
Its old. Might be the oldest.. who knows. Other than that there isnít too much then the age. Defiantly a tourist trap. Not for a beer tourist other than a picture taken out front.
drpimento  (153) La Crosse, Wisconsin | May 28, 2010
They have the local Abita Amber plus the Southern Gold from Lazy Magnolia from Mississippi and the usual macros on draft. The drafts I had were clean had good head on them. The building is quite old and they have a series of about 10 photos on the wall showing it over the years beginning in the 1800s. Service was good. We went back a few times during our visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
rcr484  (11) | December 15, 2009
This place is an abhorrent tourist trap, a complete travesty considering its history. There is nothing in this Absinthe House resembling the classic Absinthe House. Booze is expensive and the crowd is decidely NOT local. Be prepared to encounter many tourist yahoos getting their drink on.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jfosu  (11) | December 14, 2009
Lafitteís is down Bourbon beyond the dime a dozen strip clubs and party bars. As far as drinking beer goes it offers a limited selection. But they do make the best hurricane and one of the best sazeracs in the city. The ambience is where this place shines - nearly all lighting is candle light and the interior structure has undergone virtually no changes since this bar opened in the 1700s. Thereís a grand piano with a bar built into it in the back that has someone performing every night. If youíre looking to get away from the craziness of bourbon and relax this is a great place to do so.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Poobah  (26) New Orleans, Louisiana | August 21, 2009
Need to correct other entry regarding the age of this bar. Please visit Lafitteís Blacksmith Shop down the street and prepare for an excellent atmosphere and being in the actual OLDEST bar in the country. The Old Absinthe House is cool, somewhat touristy, yet visited by some locals. Personally, I have always had a good experince here and stop in once a year or so. Good bar.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 7/20
sebletitje  (355) Enghien, Belgium | July 26, 2009
Nice small place on Bourbon St. supposedly the oldest bar in the US. Just wished the inside was as good as the historical aspect of the bar. A few beers on tap; Abita and just had this club atmosphere. Overpriced beers served in a plastic cup. At least it was good stopping there and stay away from the heat and humidity. Dirty bathroom, outside club area just waiting for the drunks to stumble there at night. This place could have been a perfect beer garten as the location is amazing. Historical feel deserves a 80+, the bar itself is boring at best.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417  (51) Madison, Wisconsin | June 28, 2009
A great old building located near the beginning of Bourbon Street. I visited here right after the Hurricane and had a couple of nice cold beers after a long day of work. While the prices are a little steep (compared to where I am from), it sure was a cool feeling sitting in this place. I could practically feel the spirits of past patrons floating around.

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