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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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Didn't do the Absinthe but had a Sazarac

Nice old dive bar. Just the way I like em. The old football gear hanging form the ceiling is... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Los Angeles
Great experience.

I actually had a great experience and good service here. It was my first time drinking absinthe and... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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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 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 25 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
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Female bartender not personable nor friendly! I remember going in there many years ago and it was great! Something has happened, in a negative way, to New Orleans! ,

Thank susanreeves13
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I was looking forward to trying Absinthe from the moment I booked the trip.... the bartender was so grumpy, not helpful and rudely corrected how I pronounced something. Had 1 quick drink, at this dirty bar and left.

Thank M B
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Bourbon St. was so much fun! Being "seniors" in the crowd it was nice to find quieter places where we could watch the craziness but not be a part of it. This place was perfect. We appreciated the history here and the excellent drinks! Grabbed...More

Thank RitaLyC
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Because of the history of this place, I made sure we dropped in at least once during our visit to New Orleans. I just assumed it would be a cool place to sit at the bar and sip on a drink while taking in the...More

2  Thank mark w
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Noisy. Crowded. Dirty. Big-screen TVs on the wall. Sports pennants galore. If I hadn’t been tipped off, I would have avoided this place like the plague. But… I do like absinthe, and this place has an absinthe menu that is simply amazing. More importantly, the...More

Thank ericreiss
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Built in 1807, on Bourbon St., on the corner with Bienville St, was one of the first bars to operate in New Orleans. The bar is on a corner with multiple entrances. You walk into a quandangular bar that occupies 75% of the space in...More

Thank aestevespo
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Went here tonight to try the Grande Absinthe drink and a Mata Hari Absinthe. Good to have and the presentation was nice.

Thank jordansbulls
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I went a couple of times during my trip to sample absinthe and to say I'd been to a major historical building. The bar itself is fairly small, with seating around the main bar area. Oddly enough both times I went it wasn't particularly crowded....More

1  Thank SCTraveler2010
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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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!