Nestled within the vibrant streets of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a bar and restaurant with a unique and fascinating history. Founded in 1772, it is supposedly the oldest still-standing bar in the United States - making it one of the most iconic landmarks in The Big Easy.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is named for Jean and Pierre Lafitte, who according to local legend ran a blacksmith shop at this location as part of their smuggling operations during the early 19th century. Though there is no confirmed evidence that they ever actually operated here – there is plenty of lore to keep visitors entertained throughout their visit; including tales of buried treasure and underground tunnels!
Today, patrons can enjoy a wide selection of classic cocktails (including Hurricanes) along with locally inspired favorites like Bayou Beer and Praline Brandy Milk Punch. The bar also serves up delicious Creole cuisine like Louisiana crabcakes, gumbo and jambalaya – all perfect for enjoying alongside live music from local jazz bands!