Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, New Orleans

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, New Orleans (must see)

Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, on Bourbon Street, what a surprise it is to find this typical early Creole cottage, which seems to have been transported from a different era. It is believed to be the oldest structure continually used as a bar in the southern US, having supposedly served as a front for slave trading, contraband, and other illegal activities involving the city's most famous pirate, Jean Lafitte and his "Baratarians", a thousand-strong band of smugglers.

Built in the 1720s, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970 and in 2013, Esquire Magazine ranked it among the best bars in America. Even if you are not drinking, take a walk inside and look around. It is perfectly ancient and especially atmospheric, so even amid the chatter and the blaring jukebox, the cavern-like, candlelit interior (no electric lights whatsoever) is nearly akin to time traveling. A must if you love history, stories, and old buildings!

Tip:
The sneaky strong "purple drink" – otherwise known as Voodoo Daquiri – is what some people come here for, but you'll probably be more interested in catching the piano player (and singer) who is very good at engaging the crowd in sing-alongs; therefore, be sure to arrive after 9pm!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am–3am

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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar on Map

Sight Name: Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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