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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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Absinthe and a great bartender

We walked into the Old Absinthe House and tried 2 different kinds, I had the Matahari. The friendly... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2016
Pensacola, Florida
via mobile
Melody was the Perfect Absinthe Guide!

Before we left New Orleans we knew we had to try absinthe at least once... so we headed down... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2016
Susie J
Roseburg, Oregon
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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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240 Bourbon St, Between Iberville and Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70130-2205
French Quarter
+1 504-523-3181
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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

We walked into the Old Absinthe House and tried 2 different kinds, I had the Matahari. The friendly bartender, Can't remember her name now, she made a show of pouring and mixing the absinthe. Love the old building with lots of history.

Thank lynnxx77
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Before we left New Orleans we knew we had to try absinthe at least once... so we headed down Bourbon St. to the Old Absinthe House (where else?!). While it's spending indulgence, it is an experience well worth it. I'd heard about absinthe for a...More

1  Thank Susie J
Reviewed 1 February 2016

No trip is complete without a stop in, its one of my favs! The history seeps through the walls, listen closely and you too can hear it!

1  Thank Maggie L
Reviewed 26 January 2016

The weather was cool and the fire was perfect at the Old Absinthe House. The barmaid was a hoot! We tried the Absinthe, my husband enjoyed it very much but I am not an anise fan so I just tried a sip.

Thank fargonative
Reviewed 24 January 2016

The Old Absinthe House is an institution and not to be missed when you visit the French Quarter. It is a corner bar, very crowded and very noisy but that is a critical part of the ambiance. this is a place you come to drink...More

Thank TexasTravelerGoGo
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

Great drinks & atmosphere...classic old French Quarter! Ask questions...the bartenders are happy to explain the history of Absinthe etc etc!

Thank upupandaway3
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Great spot on bourbon street, offers a good variety of absinthe shots, a little expensive about 18$ for a large shot but certainly worth it if you've never tried absinthe, nice bar on bourbon street and not to loud

1  Thank Michael E
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a...what else: Absinthe. It was very good and the atmosphere is unbeatable. It's old, it's dark, it's full of history. In my opinion it's a "must do" while on Bourbon street

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 January 2016

We went in due to the age of the bar, and I wanted to try absinthe. We grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered one up! The bartender was excellent and the drink tasted much like anise. Interesting. After about 5 sips of the...More

Thank thalialou
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Old, full of character, and great drinks. The bloody mary is bloody good - perfectly spiced with a pickled green bean garnish. We decided to try Absinthe for the first time. If you like anise, licorice, or black jelly beans, you may love it. It...More

Thank Randi L
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!