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New Orleans, Louisiana: Oldest Bar in the U.S.

Historic pub, built between 1722 and 1732, used by pirate Jean Lafitte 1772-1791 as a front smuggling activities. On Bourbon Street; stop in for a pint. From the outside, it looks photogenically old.

941 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, Bourbon St. and St. Philip St.
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Oldest Bar in the the US

Try their purple voodoo drink! It's amazingly delicious and it sneaks up on ya! Yum!

[Tara, 06/18/2015]

Pirate bar.

Oldest Bar in the the US

Really awesome spot! Had some rum in the old pirate bar.

[Samantha, 12/06/2014]

Oldest bar.

Oldest Bar in the the US

Lafitte's is a cool place with tons of history. Great time if you're of age, with a great atmosphere.

[Anthony B, 03/23/2014]

Oldest Bar.

Oldest Bar in the the US

This most unusual thing about this bar is that it is entirely lit by candles. They have electricity, but it is not used for lighting.

[Dan Kaplan, 04/22/2012]
Oldest Bar in the the US

The oldest bar in the United States. Owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte and used as a cover for his being in New Orleans. It was built in 1730.

[McGill, 08/27/2011]

Claims to be the oldest building used as a bar. Structure built between 1722 and 1732, used by brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte 1772-1791 as the front for their smuggling activities.

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