Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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Arguably the city's most historic bar, the Blacksmith, dates to 1772.
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Neighborhood: 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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • tripbear
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Historic!
    Lafitte's is reputed to be the oldest bar in New Orleans. Its from the 1700's a looks it (in a good way). We stopped in twice on a recent trip. The drinks were decent (and strong). On our second visit there was a piano player who made the evening fun. Prices were reasonable (especially for Bourbon Street). We'd go back.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Kristin R
    Boston, Massachusetts23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Haunted Pirate Bar
    We had SO MUCH FUN here! Who doesn’t love a haunted pirate bar?? The drinks, especially the hurricanes and the purple daiquiris, are strong and delicious. There is a piano bar in the back, and that man will literally sing anything for $5. We had him sing Get Low and it was hilarious. There is also a man who plays the washboard along with the piano man. It’s so great. For sure stop here at least once while in NOLA!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Patrick O
    Mount Holly, North Carolina1,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and Fun!
    This is a must stop when in New Orleans and we have been there numerous times including during our recent trip to The Big Easy. Wonderful beers and mixed drinks in an historic atmosphere. Expect it to be crowded, but expect it to be fun! There are times when we have been here when it is not too crowded, but the crowd is part of the fun. Grab a seat at a table and enjoy the fun!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Chuck
    Cranford, New Jersey23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Stop
    Historic bar and one of the oldest buildings in NOLA. Gets a lot of tourists and locals as well. There was a piano player that had the crowd going. One of those spots where the bar kind of spills out on to the street. Worth a visit!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest pub in the US
    We had met several people who said this was a pub that we had to go to. It looks nothing special but on the inside it is literally full of stars who have had a drink in the bar over the years. We were told to have the purple daiquiri which tasted like they have anything in them so went back for another and by the end of that I can definitely confirm it does. The bar is full of tourists and locals which is great for people watching. I would definitely recommend going for at least one drink.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Andrew D
    Cape Cod, Massachusetts74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Bars on Bourbon
    This bar is on the quieter end of Bourbon, at the opposite end away from Canal Street. In fact, the area surrounding it is largely residential. We initially went during the day, and it is great old structure. However, it is at its best at night, when the place literally oozes atmosphere. The interior is illuminated almost exclusively by candlelight. There is even a piano musician who plays later in the evenings. As for the drinks, we stayed with the Voodoo Daiquiri which is essentially a grape slushee packing a punch. A terrific place and a must visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Rich M.
    Kent, Ohio83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a Purple Drank!
    Awesome place, awesome vibe. The Purple Drank is killer, but it WILL kick you in the face. The staff is really nice. I recommend making it your first stop of the day since the drinks are the strongest and it can get pretty crowded.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Desiree M
    Minnesota4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the stop
    Really fun bar that plays on the possible history of Lafitte family name. Their claim to fame is a slushie. Not cheap drinks, but the bartenders pour hard. Is a local hangout and you will likely see some haunted tour guides
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Sabra W
    Seattle, Washington247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home of the voodoo daiquiri
    One of the oldest bars in the country it is definitely worth the stop in. It is also one of the remaining buildings in New Orleans featuring French architecture. The bar itself has a fascinating history and is a stop on most tours in the French quarter. The bar is home to the voodoo daiquiri , aka the "purple drink". It's basically a grape daiquiri.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • PhillyShaney
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,211 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Vibe
    During the many trips to New Orleans I have always know about Lafitte’s but I was never able to get there because others didn’t value and understand the significance of this treasure! Finally…I made it and was happy to see the place establishment and learn about the history! Enjoy a few drinks..but when we arrived it was very warm and I decided on a frozen drink and let me tell you it hit the spot! The vibe of this place is that locals and tourists mingle together and a good time is is inevitable! Now that I have had the pleasure..I will be sure to return!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 17, 2024
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Charli L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We were served bloody bottled beer here. My bf and I stopped in to grab a quick beer during our walking tour. I asked the bartender for a local beer and he gave me a bottle. The first swig was disgusting but I thought maybe it was just their cheapest beer, my boyfriend also had a swig and agreed it tasted bad. We walked outside to join back with our group when I noticed blood dripping down the bottle. This made sense why the first swig tasted so awful and I began to recognize the taste of blood after seeing it on the bottle. I quickly accessed myself and when I realized I was not the one bleeding I went back into the bar to notify the bartender. He took the bottle and threw it away and gave me another. Another patron asked what was wrong with and he simply told them “it had dirt or something on it”, I quickly announced that it was actually blood and the bartender became defensive saying it must be my own. I assure him it was not my blood and I asked him if he was bleeding and he said no, I turn to the other patrons and warned them, saying it was definitely blood and that I had ingested it. When I walked out with the new bottle of beer it also had blood on the label. I threw it away immediately and went to the hotel bar across the way to wash my hands and throw up.

It would have been a different experience had the bartender taken the situation seriously and would have looked for the source of blood. I’ve bartended and I know how easy it can be to knick yourself on a bottle or other equipment. Without knowing the source now both my bf and I are worried sick about catching something and we plan on calling the health department to report the incident tomorrow. If you go here be wary about possible biohazards ig!! And for the record both my bf and I were sober, as the walking tour was our first outing for the night.
Written June 2, 2024
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PhillyShaney
Philadelphia, PA1,211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
During the many trips to New Orleans I have always know about Lafitte’s but I was never able to get there because others didn’t value and understand the significance of this treasure!

Finally…I made it and was happy to see the place establishment and learn about the history! Enjoy a few drinks..but when we arrived it was very warm and I decided on a frozen drink and let me tell you it hit the spot!
The vibe of this place is that locals and tourists mingle together and a good time is is inevitable!

Now that I have had the pleasure..I will be sure to return!
Written May 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ray G UNC
Seneca, SC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Always a relaxing place to enjoy a drink, while listening to a piano in a darker environment, or sitting in the outside courtyard.
Written May 12, 2024
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Traveler6773
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a great hideaway bar that I always try to visit if nothing because of its age. While it does have a tasteful piano bar that is sometimes open, the only thing that takes away from the unique ambiance of this place are the moronic patrons blasting their own music over their own speakers....especially when their music is horrible.
Written May 10, 2024
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Sabra W
Seattle, WA247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of the oldest bars in the country it is definitely worth the stop in. It is also one of the remaining buildings in New Orleans featuring French architecture. The bar itself has a fascinating history and is a stop on most tours in the French quarter.

The bar is home to the voodoo daiquiri , aka the "purple drink". It's basically a grape daiquiri.
Written April 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paula H
31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest bars around so if you can get a seat inside to have a drink, I recommend it. However, do not bother with the Voodoo Daiquiri AKA Purple Drank. It looks and tastes like a melted grape popsicle and costs $10 but doesn't seem to have any alcohol in it. I'm a lightweight when it comes to booze so I usually feel it pretty quickly but I got nothing from this.
Written April 17, 2024
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inspectorjavert70
Colombia, S.A.278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's a cool place to hang. Very historic. Very touristy. Drinks weren't anything to write home about but a cool place none the less. A little aways from the crazy part of Bourbon Street, worth a visit for certain
Written April 11, 2024
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Tina S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Please do NOT come here if you are a singer or hoping to sing at a piano bar!

I am first soprano from nyc and I was so excited to come to this piano bar.

I first asked a security guard outside a few nights ago just to check if anyone could sing if they tip and what genres are typically done etc-- he said anyone can sing any genre!

So I came here on a Sunday night and ordered 2 drinks ($19- tipped $6 so $25 total).

First the waiter was a little rude to me. I had a few like 2-3 questions and he was like "another question?!" And I'm like "sorry do u not like them?!" He was like, "I'm pretty busy." I shrugged it off- whatever! I asked again what genres are played here, he said any!

Then I went to the piano bar. I tipped $5 to sing one song. I was a bit indecisive to choose a song. When I finally did, the pianist thought he would be singing it. I said no, I'd like to sing! He informed me if I wanted to sing I'd have to tip $20 at minimum. I was shocked! As someone who sings almost every week in nyc piano bars I'd never heard of this!! How could a singer sing 4-5 songs in a night? Would they have to pay like $100 for songs PLUS like $100+ for 3-4 drinks?! It's a bit crazy to be honest.

I mean I had spent $25 on two drinks and tipped over 20 percent to the bartender already... I find it really strange and unfair that I'd be charged $15 extra to sing. I mean I'm actually asking the pianist to do LESS than I would be if I were asking him to both sing and play!

I mean essentially, it's a form of elitism- the bar employees are basically insulting customers and assuming they will be terrible singers or deemed unworthy of singing for a fair price so they want to dissuade people from singing so they're setting a higher price- 4x the price of the pianist singing the exact same song. I mean don't call yourself a piano bar then... or don't say you're a piano bar that lets customers sing...

I asked for my $5 tip back, didn't finish any of the drinks, and just awkwardly left! I was disappointed. I told him I can't afford to pay $20 tip per song.

I think what upsets me more is like... if $20 is the minimum to sing, they need to WRITE that and COMMUNICATE that and have their bartenders and security and all staff know! I wasted $25 buying two drinks hoping to sing and being let down. Also IF you set a minimum price to sing, it's not a "tip". A tip is an extra amount that is typically decided on by the customer.

Great singers and especially singers of color (like myself) are probably going to be excluded from singing here due to this ridiculous price gouging.

The pianist said $20 was very reasonable and other bars have it as "$100 to sing a song" in New Orleans... I doubt that but if that's the case everyone please sing in nyc- where you can afford to buy drinks, tip bartenders, sing a few songs etc.!
Written April 1, 2024
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Thomas L
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I love this bar. Old as heck, and filled with a feeling of New Orleans. The tours that stop outside can be annoying, but it’s a true treasure in a city with many.
Written March 29, 2024
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV1,218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This bar is worth checking out. Cool vibe and they serve the purple drank, which is a grape flavored frozen drink. I'm not a fan of grape flavored things but I had to try it, and it wasn't bad.
Written March 17, 2024
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