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Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
+1 504-523-3181
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Best find on Burbon street

While Burbon street is full of unoriginal tourist trap bars this is not one of them. Not the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
James C
via mobile
One of the last real places on Bourbon St.

In a sea of bros, frozen daiquiris and neon lights is ye Old Absinthe House, one of the few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rob B
Montreal, Canada
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“sugar cubes” (21 reviews)
“ramos fizz” (5 reviews)
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240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
French Quarter
+1 504-523-3181
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While Burbon street is full of unoriginal tourist trap bars this is not one of them. Not the typical loud party bar of Burbon st. this is one of the oldest bars in the country. And one of only to offer a full Absinthe menu...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago

In a sea of bros, frozen daiquiris and neon lights is ye Old Absinthe House, one of the few remaining places where you'll find real people. Strong drinks, a spot for the locals. Check it out if you're looking to get away from Bourbon street...More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming back to this little bar for over 15 years. It's one of my favorite places to visit in New Orleans. It's always a fun time the staff is always great! Is our tradition, that as soon as we get off the...More

1  Thank Jarena928
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend of mine suggested I visit this old quaint bar on Bourbon Street for an after dinner drink and crowd watch. Since specialty of house is Absinthe, I tried one from France. Served as a frappe and was quite good. Recommend highly, but not...More

1  Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband got the Pernaud Absinthe, and he really loved it. The bar has so much history and character that you would love it. It also seems to have ghosts, so that is also kind of fascinating. Great place to visit.

1  Thank Shevonne P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet and traditional feeling despite being on Bourbon. Excellent Ramos Fizz! Absinthe Frappe also worth a try! Great place to duck into escape the loud revely of the street.

Thank KessaM
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Stopped in here for drinks on our way to dinner. This is one of the Historic Bars in the French Quarter and is worth the stop. Their specialty is Absinthe drinks. There is a menu of drinks made from Absinthe, but they are not inexpensive....More

1  Thank gatoreed
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This is an historic bar dating back prior to the time New Orleans had been purchased from Napoleon for $15 million. Right on Bourbon, popular, crowded.

Thank warren D
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Nice old dive bar. Just the way I like em. The old football gear hanging form the ceiling is pretty interesting. Bartender was a little salty which was fine as well. Hey it's the Absinthe House.

Thank kebmo
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I actually had a great experience and good service here. It was my first time drinking absinthe and the bartender was very knowledgeable and made a a great recommendation. I really enjoyed it. The vibe of this place and its history was also pretty cool....More

1  Thank jlkbarnhart
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
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Do you have to be 21 to get in here? Also, do they serve food?
1 April 2016|
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Response from claire s | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! No you do not need to be 21 to get in. Have never thought to eat there with so many other places. Just a real, genuine old New Orleans bar....been there forever!