240 Bourbon Street (corner Bienville St), French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, United States
Tel: +1 504 523 3181
Sitio web: View bar's website
Horarios: Mon-Sun 9:30am-4am
Puerta: Acceso libre
Estilo: Café y bar
Recomendado para: Diversión/ambiente, Histórico
Guía de precios: Buen precio
Alimentos: Menú completo
Abierto desde: 1815
Imágenes por: diffordsguide.com
Built in 1806, this building was originally a warehouse then a corner shop but in 1815, the ground floor was converted into a saloon known as 'Aleix's Coffee House'. Here in 1874 Cayetano Ferrer created the Absinthe Frappé, which became so popular that in 1890 he christened the saloon 'The Absinthe Room'.
During Prohibition a Federal judge enforcing the Volstead Act ordered the saloon's contents to be sold at public auction. The original bar counter ended up at 400 Bourbon Street as the centre piece of The Absinthe House Bar but has now returned to No. 240, albeit in a back room. It's still worth a look for its authentic marble fountains and the brass faucets once used to drip cool water over sugar cubes into glasses of absinthe.
Business cards cover the walls, football helmets dangle from the exposed cypress beams and antique chandeliers hang over the old island bar. Absinth features heavily in the cocktails offered here but in our experience the quality of these drinks is poor. That sad we always end up drinking here.