Old Absinthe House

Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

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