Old Absinthe House, New Orleans

Built in 1806, this building was erected by Pedro Front and Francisco Juncadelia of Barcelona to house their importing firm. For the next forty years, trade continued in the bartering of food, tobacco and Spanish liquor ... a sort of early "corner grocery."

Old Absinthe House in New Orleans French Quarter In 1815, the ground floor was converted into a saloon known as "Aleix's Coffee House" and was run by the nephews of Senora Juncadelia. This coffee house was later rechristened "The Absinthe Room" when mixologist Cayetano Ferrer created the famous Absinthe House Frappe here in 1874.(more about this now illegal liquor)

To this day, The Old Absinthe House still has the decorative marble fountains that were used to drip cool water over sugar cubes into glasses of Absinthe.

The original Old Absinthe House bar was to be destroyed at the start of Prohibition - as a powerful message to proprietors and others that Absinthe was to be abolished from the United States and would not be tolerated.

Fortunately, the bar was removed from the Absinthe House and moved under cover of darkness to a warehouse on Bourbon street in order to save it. (This warehouse became known as "The Absinthe House Bar" until the actual bar was returned to its home in early 2004. It is now known as the Mango, Mango daiquiri shop.)

Original Bar of Old Absinthe House BarThe bar is again part of this historical building after a 3 million dollar renovation returning it to its turn-of-the-century splendor. It is now operated by Tony Moran, himself the son of a New Orleans legend -- "Diamond Jim" Moran. The building now houses Tony Moran's Restaurant and Jean Lafitte Bistro .. and the front room is still the tavern known as Jean Lafitte's Old Absinthe House!
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  • Not a place for a quiet, relaxing drink. Absinthe House is on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville, right in the quarter, and largely open to Bourbon Street on the front side. When I was there recently...  more »
  • I have been visiting Old Absinthe House for years and it never disappoints. The drinks are always on point and the atmosphere is awesome. I especially love visiting when the weather is cool and I can ...  more »
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  • Super friendly bartenders, with an incredible knowledge of the spirit which gives this location it's name. We tried absinthe for the first time, as it was served with flair and style. The drink was poured over a sugar cube, set ablaze then extinguished with water. The cocktail was the stirred and give to us with a smile. The drink was different than anything I had ever tried before. Strong hints of anise, licorice and wormwood. Definitely an acquired taste. 100% worth the experience.
  • My favorite spot for a delicious drink on Bourbon street!! We are working our way down the Absinthe list to find the green fairy! They have air conditioning which is nice on a warm night or day! I love the experience of having an absinthe drink prepared! If you like licorice or herbalist drinks this is your place! They have alternate option of the not so adventurous! But don’t knock it until you try it! It’s the best way to start your night on Bourbon Street !

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