The Old Absinthe House

Bar, Entertainment, Dive Bar
$ $
240 Bourbon St (at Bienville St)
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-3181



  • For almost 200 years this bar has been a staple of life in the French Quarter. Visitors can sip their favorite beverages as the sights & sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfy tavern.
  • Of all the bars lining gaudy Bourbon Street, this may be the only one a local would be caught dead in. Plus, drinks are never wasted, because the law allows you to take them with you wherever you go.
  • Take it from a local, this place is a rip off. Incredibly overpriced, terrible drinks, zero emphasis on absinthe. Its about as historical as winston churchills hemorrhoids
  • Absinthe, where else but right here. Price's range from $16-$22 for an epic drink, if your into Absinthe. Or you can sample several adult beverages, plus it's the oldest bar on Bourbon street, sweet..
  • Best Sazerac in the French Quarter
  • 20$ for a shot of Absinthe? c'mon...
  • Worst service, rude bartenders. No wonder this place is empty on fri of memorial day.
  • Wayyyy too expensive. Don't even think about giving them your card. Classic tourist trap. Shame, since the history is interesting.
  • Order a Bloody Mary. Just trust me.
  • Best Bloody Mary I've ever had.
  • Pay with cash. They put a $50 hold when using a card.
  • Helpful hint: the Absinthe Frappe is just a big-ass glass of Absinthe.
  • leave ur business card on the wall like everyone else has who's been here
  • A very nice bar!
  • Afternoons here are great! Lots of people watching, open doors and windows to the corner and Dawn makes the best mint juleps on Bourbon Street.
  • Really like the sazeracs here.
  • A relaxed old bar that once served the likes of Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Stop by at least once. Absinthe seems somewhat overpriced, but I enjoyed local beer on tap.
  • If you are not an absinthe connaisseur, try the New Orleans one. Mixed up with mint and Pastis, very good!
  • Absinthe was good. Bar was meh.
  • $9 fireballs are impressive....

Nearby places

718 Saint Peter St (at Bourbon St.)
941 Bourbon St (at St Philip St)
214 Royal St (in Hotel Monteleone)