Lafitte’s 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. There’s a grand piano with a bar built into it in the back that has someone performing every night. If you’re looking to get away from the craziness of bourbon and relax this is a great place to do so.
Saloon-style dive bar on Bourbon Street, fairly quiet on a Saturday afternoon. The service and ambiance were fine. Tin Roof Blonde and Abita Amber were the only craft beers on tap. Overpriced drinks, just like almost every other spot on Bourbon Street. 3 plays on the jukebox for $1. Not a bad place to have a cocktail, but not really a beer spot.
Not much to add to what’s already been mentioned below. Craft offerings when I visited were Abita Amber and Tin Roof Blonde Ale. When it comes to craft beer on Bourbon Street, Beer Fest is king, but this isn’t a bad place to go grab a roadie, or even to hang out for a bit.
I don’t understand why this place is listed. They had three craft beers on tap (I guess that’s all it takes). The place looked like a dump.
t0rin0 (1529) 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 doesn’t 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 it’s a novel experience, and one that I don’t really need to repeat for that price. The service wasn’t bad but again, this is not a beer bar.
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 ..
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.
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.
Need to correct other entry regarding the age of this bar. Please visit Lafitte’s 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.