Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar from Drinking History: The 15 Oldest Bars in the World (Slideshow)

Drinking History: The 15 Oldest Bars in the World (Slideshow)

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

The oldest continuously occupied bar in the United States is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It’s young compared to the other bars on our list, having been founded in 1772 — but it was purportedly once owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte, who supposedly planned raids there. Lafitte was an illicit slave-runner, and he called the shop a “Blacksmith” shop because Lafitte’s Pirate Shop probably would have drawn the attention of the authorities.