New Orleans July 15, 2019
Sip Wine And Mingle With Ghosts In One Of New Orleans’ Oldest, Most Haunted Bars
New Orleans is no stranger to the paranormal. With any city as old as ours, you’re bound to have a few spirits that just can’t stay away. If you’re a believer in the paranormal, then you must pay this historic bar in the French Quarter a visit. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is one of New Orleans’ oldest, most haunted bars and it’s worthy of a visit, even if you don’t believe in the supernatural. Let’s check it out.
The French Quarter is known for his architecture, shopping and dining opportunities, and incredible history.
And of course, maybe a bar or two peppered in between the attractions.
Tucked away on iconic Bourbon Street lies a a historic little building that certainly stands out from the rest.
You can’t miss it when you’re walking by.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar is the oldest building currently being used as a bar in the country.
The building dates back to about 1722, and is one of the oldest surviving structures in the French Quarter.
Generations of New Orleans and tourists have been coming to this iconic watering hole for decades, including some of the most infamous figures in New Orleans History.
And some of them just won’t leave, even after death.
The dimly-lit bar is the perfect setting for some ghost stories.
From demons to pirates, there seem to be a few lingering spirits at this bar.
Between 1722 and 1791, the building was used by the Lafitte Brothers, Jean and Pierre, as the home base for their Barataria smuggling operation.
When you’re sitting around this bar, keep an eye out in the corners. This is allegedly the favorite spot for Jean Lafitte to be seen. Those that have seen him reported that he just stands in the shadows, surveying the area. When your eyes meet, he will vanish into thin air.
But that’s not the only spirit that’s believed to be hanging out in this famous bar.
The fireplace has been a paranormal hotspot for quite some time, but not with the most friendly of spirits.
Paranormal teams have investigated the area and have reason to believe the fireplace is the home of a type of demonic spirit.
Patrons have reportedly seen a pair of glowing red eyes emanating from the fireplace. Sometimes the eyes will float around the heads of the bartenders, only to disappear without a trace.
Next time you are enjoying a drink at this candlelit bar and you think you see something out of the corner of your eye, don’t be so quick to blame the booze.
It could very well be Jean Lafitte himself just popping in to check in on things.
Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
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