Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar


941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116-3120
United States

(504) 593-9761 | map

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rousee from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Wow--the Blacksmith Shop has made it onto BA !! This is one of my favorite bars in the world and always my very first stop for a drink after arriving in New Orleans. The hotel I always stay at is pretty close to here as this is Bourbon and St Philip and I stay at Chartres and Gov Nichols. Most people seem to call it Lafitte's but I always call it the Blacksmith shop. It is located down at the quiet end of Bourbon just beyond where the majority of the gay bars are located.

The first thing you notice about the Blacksmith shop is that there are no electric lights inside, the only lighting is behind the bar so it tends to be dark no matter what time of day you go in here. Hard cement floors with some tables throughout and somewhat spartan furniture. Just decent enough to sit down and hang out for a while. If you go in the winter and it happens to be cold outside which is somewhat of a rarity in New Orleans, there is a nice working fireplace to sit near and this is a nice experience to itself. There is also an outdoor courtyard off to the side with some additional tables and seats and an additional bar outside. The only times the outdoor bar is actually staffed with a bartender is when its a real busy time like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, etc. If its nice weather I prefer to sit outside anyway and just get my drinks inside.

The beer selection is really average at best. They might have some Sam Adams and I know they have Abita, maybe even a NOLA beer was available last time I was there but I cant remember for sure. I have had experience with the draft lines tasting dirty here so I would generally go for a mixed drink or a bottled offering. The staff is always pretty friendly and quick. Over the years, this place has turned into a bigger and bigger tourist trap--so much so that I really felt like the vibe in here was just full of jackasses the last time I was here. This was St Patrick's day 2014. I went here 4 or 5 times before I got a pleasant vibe that wasn't just loaded with a bunch of idiot tourists.

The prices are pretty expensive for drinks but that is due to this being one of the oldest bars in America and being on Bourbon street in the heart of the French Qtr. They know they can get away with charging more and they do. Overall though, it has a dear place in my heart and exemplifies part of the cool atmosphere that I love in New Orleans. Just try to catch it when its not too packed. Also, on a final note, the bathrooms in here are absolutely disgusting so be prepared and you might want to try and take care of things before leaving your hotel so you never have to sit on one of their toilets. I still love the place though--no one ever said New Orleans was clean.

Jul 14, 2014
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans, LA
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 17 ratings