Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

Bar in French Quarter

This gutted brick cottage claims to be the country's oldest operating bar – it certainly is the oldest in the South, and one of the most atmospheric in the Quarter. Rumors suggest it was once the workshop of pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre. Whether true or not (historical records suggest not), the house dates to the 18th century.

Stop in, soak up the history, listen to some tunes played on the piano, and try the signature 'purple drank' – and be careful, it only takes a few of these to send even a professional drinker over the edge.