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Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130, United States
TEL: (504) 523-3181

The roots of the Old Absinthe House date back to 1807, when the small building served as an importing business and, subsequently, a grocery store. In 1815, the two-story Creole townhouse became a coffee shop, and it is here that Spanish barkeep Cayetano Ferrér created the signature Absinthe House Frappe, a mix of absinthe, Anisette liqueur, and a splash of soda water. Bartenders still serve absinthe-based cocktails—complete with flaming sugar cubes—at the original 50-seat bar, where celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde once imbibed. Thousands of business cards, compliments of past guests, cover the walls, and a functioning fireplace warms the interior during winter.

Insider Tip:

If the bar isn’t too busy, request a tour of the facility. The staff will likely oblige with insight into the building’s rich history.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Bar Dining
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Destination Dining
  • Full Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Historic/Legendary
  • Lunch
  • Late-Night Dining
  • No Reservations
  • Smoking Area
  • Take-Out Available

Cuisine Type:: Bistro


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