Old Absinthe House
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.