Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
About
Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.
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Neighbourhood: 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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest pub in the US
    We had met several people who said this was a pub that we had to go to. It looks nothing special but on the inside it is literally full of stars who have had a drink in the bar over the years. We were told to have the purple daiquiri which tasted like they have anything in them so went back for another and by the end of that I can definitely confirm it does. The bar is full of tourists and locals which is great for people watching. I would definitely recommend going for at least one drink.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Andrew D
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Bars on Bourbon
    This bar is on the quieter end of Bourbon, at the opposite end away from Canal Street. In fact, the area surrounding it is largely residential. We initially went during the day, and it is great old structure. However, it is at its best at night, when the place literally oozes atmosphere. The interior is illuminated almost exclusively by candlelight. There is even a piano musician who plays later in the evenings. As for the drinks, we stayed with the Voodoo Daiquiri which is essentially a grape slushee packing a punch. A terrific place and a must visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Rich M.
    Kent, Ohio83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a Purple Drank!
    Awesome place, awesome vibe. The Purple Drank is killer, but it WILL kick you in the face. The staff is really nice. I recommend making it your first stop of the day since the drinks are the strongest and it can get pretty crowded.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Desiree M
    Minnesota4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the stop
    Really fun bar that plays on the possible history of Lafitte family name. Their claim to fame is a slushie. Not cheap drinks, but the bartenders pour hard. Is a local hangout and you will likely see some haunted tour guides
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Sabra W
    Seattle, Washington247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of the voodoo daiquiri
    One of the oldest bars in the country it is definitely worth the stop in. It is also one of the remaining buildings in New Orleans featuring French architecture. The bar itself has a fascinating history and is a stop on most tours in the French quarter. The bar is home to the voodoo daiquiri , aka the "purple drink". It's basically a grape daiquiri.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
  • PhillyShaney
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Vibe
    During the many trips to New Orleans I have always know about Lafitte’s but I was never able to get there because others didn’t value and understand the significance of this treasure! Finally…I made it and was happy to see the place establishment and learn about the history! Enjoy a few drinks..but when we arrived it was very warm and I decided on a frozen drink and let me tell you it hit the spot! The vibe of this place is that locals and tourists mingle together and a good time is is inevitable! Now that I have had the pleasure..I will be sure to return!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 May 2024
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Hank W
Orwigsburg, PA1,074 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The location is a bit away from all the Bourbon St places with obnoxious pulsating music and bright lights. This place is smaller and the ambience is quite nice at night with the dim lighting that adds to the mystique. Tasty voodoo juice slushie. Fireplace was nice in December. They had a piano guy in the outside courtyard area who was quite good and readily accepted requests. Many songs turned into crowd sing-a-longs as I felt a certain kindred spirit with the other patrons. This is the place for a guy like me in my 50's looking for NOLA fun without the overbearing atmosphere on the rest of Bourbon St. I rarely give excellent ratings, but it is warranted for this great bar. Try the grain alcohol soaked cherries that are 3 for $1 to kickstart your heart.
Written 26 December 2020
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Wally J
Charleston, SC28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We got there early on a Tuesday evening and had a few drinks before the piano player got started. The place is nothing like anything else on Bourbon Street crowd started picking up around 8:30. We had a great time listening to the songs people were requesting and the player was very entertaining. Been to New Orleans many times and had never been here before would definitely go back.
Written 7 January 2020
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ2,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was last here 22 years ago when I spent multiple night at the piano in the back drinking and listening to live music. There was a great old guy that always asked for his “throat medicine”, which would be Grand Mariner to the rest of us. I can still remember a guest stopping by and singing “If you don’t like my peaches”. It was great to walk in and feel like the place hadn’t changed much at all over two decades. The piano was still there and the drinks flowing and it is still 24 hours (depending on people coming in). Sadly, no one was playing piano the night I came in this trip. I have so many great stories about this place, but I like the comments made by some others. It is a quieter bar not in the neon overload portion of Bourbon Street. It is open as long as you want it to be. It is arguably the oldest bar still operating in the US. What I think is most important is that it is a welcoming, functional, lively piece of history. You can come here night after night if you try other places and just feel the draw to come back, like I did. They made an excellent vodka martini or try a specialty drink. Have a glass of “throat medicine”. Just enjoy.
Written 17 January 2020
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TrueTexasTraveler
Amarillo, TX988 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This is a building from the late 1700's during New Orleans' Spanish Colonial Period. It's one of the oldest buildings remaining in New Orleans. The only lighting is by candle. It gets very crowded at night and the drinks are expensive, but it's worth going just to see the building.
Written 21 May 2020
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AuthorCMelanson
Kitchener, Canada2,129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I first visited Lafitte's during a walking ghost tour two years ago. I've visited the bar each of my three annual trips to NOLA for Mardi Gras season. Each time I have ordered a Hurricane, their signature drink. They are very good and served in a plastic cup I keep every year.
Other reviewers are correct; the drinks are strong, very good. I really need to try one of the purple voodoo drinks next year.
This place is always crowded. I came in 2018 and took the ghost tour on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, so of course, it was crowded. Getting into the bathroom was an Olympic event! I still did manage to get my drink in great time. The bartenders are very fast.
The building is very old and it is tiny, so you may not get a table. But it has so much charm. It wouldn't be Lafitte's any other way. There is a famous ghost story that the pirate Lafitte (my rabbit is named after him btw. I'll include a photo of him) shoved someone through the fireplace in the bar after the guy cheated him in some way. Our guide told us that a face has been seen in the fireplace by many people. I do love the creepy vibe the bar puts out.
I visited during the ghost tour last year, in 2019, and again during the Raven's Omen tour I took this year. It was one of our stops. It was a Tuesday night, but the place was still packed. I also visited during the day on a weekday afternoon. Still busy, but it was so hot, especially for February. The Hurricane helped cool me down. I sat outside and noticed the servers will come outside and get drinks for the people passing by riding in one of the mule-drawn carriages. Pretty cool. I'll have to do that next time.
So, if you want a drink that packs a punch, want to visit a piece of history and, perhaps, see a ghost in the fireplace, make sure you visit Lafitte's. NOLA wouldn't be NOLA without Lafitte's!
Written 29 February 2020
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Kelly L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stopped here midday on break from a walking tour (read: not a busy time). The atmosphere is cool - no electric lights, lit by candelight, and the history is interesting. As a bar, not so much... The bartender was full of attitude and finally served me when she couldn't ignore me any longer. The "VooDoo Daiquiri" that came so highly recommended tasted like a watered down grape slush that I didn't even finish. Peek your head inside, but don't waste your money.
Written 9 February 2020
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Paula H
31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest bars around so if you can get a seat inside to have a drink, I recommend it. However, do not bother with the Voodoo Daiquiri AKA Purple Drank. It looks and tastes like a melted grape popsicle and costs $10 but doesn't seem to have any alcohol in it. I'm a lightweight when it comes to booze so I usually feel it pretty quickly but I got nothing from this.
Written 17 April 2024
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shill
Springtown, TX114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My wife and I always go to Lafitte's when we come to New Orleans because they usually have the best Hurricanes that we have had there. Sadly, this time was an exception. The bartender had a bit of a "Ho-hum....another tourist" attitude, and the drinks themselves were not nearly as tasty (or as strong) as in the past. Bad day maybe? Still, for $10 apiece, you are better off going down Chartes Street to the Chart Room and getting a REAL drink there....for just $7! Sorry LaFitte's, but no cigar this time.
Written 21 April 2022
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Africahunter
Franklin, WI42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The man singing and playing the piano was fantastic. Unfortunately I do not remember his name, but he stated he has been playing there for almost 30 years. He took requests for a tip and could play anything. He was entertaining and incredibly talented. It was a lot of fun and provided all the energy in the bar. The rest of the bar was forgettable with cramped seating and a jukebox which seemed out of place for somewhere that notes its age. The drinks were average at best. The only reason to go here is to listen to the piano guy who starts playing at 8pm. Otherwise I see no reason to go here.
Written 18 May 2022
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Kristin R
Boston, MA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We had SO MUCH FUN here! Who doesn’t love a haunted pirate bar?? The drinks, especially the hurricanes and the purple daiquiris, are strong and delicious. There is a piano bar in the back, and that man will literally sing anything for $5. We had him sing Get Low and it was hilarious. There is also a man who plays the washboard along with the piano man. It’s so great. For sure stop here at least once while in NOLA!!!!
Written 6 July 2023
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