Friday, August 5, 2011

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

While visiting New Orleans this summer, we had time to stop by Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop in the French Quarter, supposedly the oldest continually occupied bar in the United States.
The building dates back to around 1722 and is rumored to have been owned by pirate Jean Lafitte.
Approaching the bar on a Thursday night we could hear the noise of the crowd both inside and outside from quite a way down the street. The shuttered doors were opened wide to the streets.
We were escorted to a table in the piano bar area in back where there was no electric lighting, just candles in glass jars providing a bit of light here and there.
Enjoying a beer back in this dimly lit room we couldn't help but think of all of those who had been there before us.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

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