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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

941 Bourbon Street

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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop -- built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze, is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. In 1722, further building is recorded by a realty transfer set down by one Don Andres Almonester. The structure and fence are in the old French Provincial Louis XV or Briquette-Entre-Poteauxe style used in French Louisiana. The building escaped two great fires at the turn of the 19th Century, due to slate roofing. Such slates are presently used by artists as canvases. Between 1772 and 1791, the property is believed to have been used by the Lafitte Brothers, Jean and Pierre as a New Orleans base for their Barataria smuggling operation. The legend is based on the fact that the property was owned by the family of Simon Duroche a.k.a. Castillon and the wily privateer Captain Rene Beluche. Castillon was a rather record-shy adventurer and entrepreneur. Captain Beluche commanded his ship "Spy" in Lafitte's Baratarian fleet. Although the owners of the property, Jean Baptiste Dominica Joly LaPorte probably lived on the premises, it is within reason that the Lafittes could have used the place as city base for negotiations with potential buyers of their goods. It is unlikely that a wealthy Creole would agree to meet at home on Royal Street. Bourbon and St. Phillip was probably regarded as a safe and convenient neutral ground. Like most New Orleans legends, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a gumbo of truth and French, Spanish, African, Cajun and American embellishments.


jason molidor

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Great bar. Great daiquiris. The service was fast and pleasant. We were there on a quiet night so it was crowded but not too crowded. We actually could get a seat at the bar. It is one of the oldest buildings in the country and rumored to be oldest continually operated bar. Be warned, many of the tours stop here so it gets really crazy.

Sophia Garrett

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Quaint, perfect people watching, very distinct atmosphere. My only warning is that if you've had enough sugary drinks already, the voodoo daiquiri is going to taste like pure sugar. That's my fault though. Oh, and the two times I've been here, there have been drunk college girls in the main room singing Celine Dion and Mariah Carey (very poorly) and someone playing modern covers of pop-punk at the piano in the back. Kind of ruins the atmosphere for me, but it's still worth dropping in!

Jennifer Marie

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Stopped by to try their famous (or infamous) voodoo daiquiri; the drink tasted great, atmosphere was very old fashioned and dark, it was a very unique experience. I would have given five stars, but the prices for beverages were not listed anywhere. Otherwise it was a fun time. 8/10, would still recommend.

Earl Barthe

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Waitresses and waiters come out to the horse drawn carriages. Real cool patio accessable from the street or the bar,. TV for sports lovers and a piano in the rear of the bar. The bonus is there is a ten passenger golf cart with great music that stops there on a regular basis and the driver will take you to your hotel, Frenchman St or your next stop! That golf cart ride was priceless

Bradley Wyly

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Love this old bar. The purple drink was delicious. When we went it was really quiet. The look and feel of one of the oldest bars in the world definitely helps lead to a good divey feel. I will continue to come back to visit here when I'm in town.

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