New Orleans May 12, 2019
7 Historic Watering Holes In New Orleans Perfect For Grabbing A Drink
New Orleans knows a thing or two about getting a drink. There are countless bars scattered throughout the city, and it seems like more and more are popping up each day. From your neighborhood haunt to the local landmark, here are 7 historic watering holes in New Orleans that are perfect for grabbing a drink.
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1. Pat O’Brien’s
More commonly known as Pat O’s, this local watering hole is best known for two things: Hurricanes and the piano bar. Grab one of these famously fruity concoctions and enjoy the beautiful courtyard for a truly delightful evening.
Address: 718 Saint Peter Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
2. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Dating all the way back to the early 1700s, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar has the unique distinction of being the oldest structure currently being used as a bar in the entire country. You’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time from the moment you walk in, and even though it’s a popular tourist attraction, it’s worth your while to visit this historic bar at least once.
Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
3. French 75 Bar
Originally a "gentlemen only" facility, the French 75 is known for their classic cocktails and premium spirits. The bar was custom-built in the late 1800s, adding a vintage atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re a part of the history.
Address: 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA, 70112
4. Carousel Bar
Located within the Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar is the only carousel you have to be 21 to ride. This incredible structure makes a full revolution ever 15 minutes, so you won’t feel like you’re spinning too fast. This might just be the most unique bar in the city, so hop on and enjoy the ride.
Address: 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
5. The Sazerac Bar
Named after what many believe to be the world’s first mixed drink, The Sazerac Bar was recently named the Best Hotel Bar in the U.S. by USAToday. When you visit this incredible bar, ordering a Sazerac seems like the way to go, but their Ramos Gin Fizz is equally exceptional.
Address: 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA, 70112
6. Napoleon House
Few places are as unique as the Napoleon House. This 200-year old landmark was originally the home of Nicholas Girod, the mayor of New Orleans from 1812-1815. He offered his home to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile, but he never did make it over, but the name stuck. When you visit, you have to get a Pimm’s Cup, it’s an absolute must.
Address: 500 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
7. Old Absinthe House
The Old Absinthe House has been around since 1807 and their motto is, "Everyone you have ever known or ever will know eventually ends up at the Old Absinthe House." This historic watering hole has been frequented by everyone from pirates to presidents, so why not swing by and quench your thirst.
Address: 240 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA,70112
Where’s your favorite watering hole in the city? Shout it out in the comments below!