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Review of Old Absinthe House

Old Absinthe House
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Owner description: This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2013 via mobile

Very quiet bar for Bourbon Street. Not your typical frat boy hangout. However, the drinks are way over priced and the service is slow and very lackluster.

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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Favourite bar we visit on Bourbon Street”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

This place isn't for everyone. Let me just say that from the get-go and make sure there are no illusions about that. If you want to go get your hand grenade down the street or drink some other icee cocktail horror, please go down the street. If you want to sit and have a few drinks at a bar that is way more low key, have a quality absinthe (or other mixed) drink, this is your place. There are no frat boys, most of the time, and the crowd is all above 21.

The highlight for me, at this location, was actually the staff. Others have given it terrible reviews, but if you get to chatting to the bartenders or the bouncer, they're super chill. Both bartenders we had were really lovely, suggesting great drinks, and talking to us for a while. One, who wasn't even serving us the first time we were there, remembered us when we returned! Apparently, she has photographic memory. Man, you've gotta feel welcome at a place when you are a random tourist and the bartender remembers you, your drinks, and makes sure you've got popcorn within two minutes.

The bouncer was a really cool guy. Sat chatting with him for a while each time we were there. Never saw him get rough with anyone, but the bar didn't exactly attract the bros in the early evening (I can't vouch for later, as we were always there earlier in our evening).

Free popcorn was a nice touch, and the place looked like an old, abandoned, falling down building, which was a huge part of it's appeal. The bathrooms were dodgy as hell, total dive bar style. Not necessarily dirt, just old. It was kinda great.

Others have complained that it has turned into a sports bar, but, I understand why they'd stick a whole bunch tvs with sports on it. There's not much else to do in there, as it's pretty small, so it makes sense. Give people a refuge from the craziness of Bourbon Street, show them the football game, give them some quality absinthe, and they're set.

Can't wait to get back to NOLA and hang out here a couple times while visiting. A great, low key option with good absinthe. Oh, and some tshirts would have been great. I know it's not their style, but they had some hanging on the wall which were tempting to take back home.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Iselin L
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
5,255 reviews
1,943 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,872 helpful votes
“Not what it was”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

The location and name suggests a part of history but today's version is just another bar.
Nothing unique about a sports bar and given the numbers of bars in close proximity, no real reason to call in - you wouldn't see any connection here with absinthe.

Visited August 2013
Thank RonWamberal
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Galveston Island, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Drinks aren't worth the price, even for the Quarter. Bartender was kind of helpful, I guess... Not friendly but not out and out rude either. Strange decorating with old, crusty business cards posted everywhere and football memorabilia with no explanation. Other places explain the history in signage or menus, but this place was just odd I guess. We didn't hate it, but we definitely have no reason to go back.

Visited July 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bloody Mary”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Stopped in here for a breakfast bloody Mary drink. It was delicious. The handful of pickled green beans in the drink topped it off beautifully!

Visited July 2013
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