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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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Don't go there if you are a couple

My wife and i went there to drink a beer. After sitting at the bar for about 20 minutes (i was... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Alexander H
via mobile
Old NOLA

This has the life and feel of the old French Quarter but lacks some the charm. It does need a... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
McWett
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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This historic building, which dates back to 1806, now houses a bar and two restaurants.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
French Quarter
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+1 504-523-3181
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and i went there to drink a beer. After sitting at the bar for about 20 minutes (i was using the restroom and checked the juke box in that timespan), where the bar lady chatted with some girls an afterwards ignored us and...More

Thank Alexander H
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

This has the life and feel of the old French Quarter but lacks some the charm. It does need a little TLC as it feels old and dusty.

Thank McWett
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

It's the age of the building & the story it tells over drinks with friends that makes this a must stop in New Orleans! The aged building shows her scares and character with layers of dust and a the original fire place that's a few...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have to agree with some of the other reviews as far as the lack of cleanliness of the establishment and lack of friendliness from the staff. However, if you are looking to experience a Bourbon St institution, that offers a dark atmosphere, surly staff...More

Thank DodgerMom668
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here to try the absinthe. The bar tender was rude and not helpful at all. When we asked about the different absinthe she was not helpful at all. When spending $22 on one drink I would like some feedback on the different types...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We went due to it being on a" must" go to restaurant. Well, it was decent enough, but very pricey & very little food. We walked out kind of hungry still but the atmosphere is amazing !

Thank Jordan S
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Our bartender was great, the whole absinthe drink was a fun experience to watch, it gets lit on fire and then mixed to release the flavor. We just thought we would be getting a plain old shot but apparently absinthe is a sipping drink. The...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2016

I fell in love with this bar when I was in med school in New Orleans in the 1970's. We've been reacquainted since my wife and I purchased a condo in the city a couple of years ago. I brought her here one afternoon to...More

Thank RMZR1
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

Stopped for a drink in the daytime to escape the heat. Bar staff friendly and place was cool with the walls covered in business cards. Whole place felt a bit grimy though. Probably better at night.

Thank Scott W
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

Definitely an older bar on the strip. In fact, it's the oldest one. And it looks it. Friendly staff, decent drinks. lots of business cards stapled to the walls.

Thank Bernardo F
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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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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!
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