The historic Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana is one of best bars in the city. Originally, built in the early 1700s the bar is the oldest structure in the United States still being used as a bar. It is a few blocks off of the main “Bourbon Street” that most folks think of when they think of New Orleans and as a result it tends to be much quieter and seems to have an older and more local crowd. We stopped in last night and had a drink before carrying on to a few other bars in the quarter with one of my wife’s friends who lives nearby and thus took us to the bars off Bourbon that the locals frequent (like Carousel Bar, Bar Vin) in order to avoid the crowds. Given the age of Lafitte’s it isn’t surprising that legend holds that it is one of the more haunted places in New Orleans as well. I took this picture just before a tour group of around 50 or so people on a haunted ghost tour jumped in front of me. The second set of bracketed shots I took seconds after this is completely blocked by that tour group so I was certainly lucky to catch this or I would have had to wait 15 minutes or so for that group to carry-on.
Lafitte’s Blackshop – New Orleans, Louisiana
We are leaving New Orleans this morning to drive down to Florida for a wedding. It’s been a fun few days as it always is in New Orleans. I’m certainly looking forward to our next trip here – hopefully in a few months.