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The Old Absinthe House

For almost 200 years the Old Absinthe House bar has been a staple of life in the Vieux Carré. Located on the corner of Rue Bourbon and Rue Bienville, the copper-topped wooden bar captivates patrons as they sip their favorite beverages and the sights and sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfy tavern.

It’s easy to see why The Old Absinthe House has a hard time shaking its oldest patrons. Famous for its absinthe frappe and its immediate proximity to the Bourbon buzz, both locals and visiting tourists find themselves unable to resist its allure. Patrons gather at the copper bar fixtures beneath football helmets lingering overhead like capsized balloons, unable to resist closer inspection of the walls, which are covered haphazardly with business cards and vintage tavern signage.
This speakeasy-reminiscent “haunt” has collected many loyal patrons, both living and dead, for over 200 years and will continue to attract Green Fairy-chasers for years to come.
After all, “everyone eventually ends up at The Old Absinthe House.”

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Our Absinthe

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Suisse absinthe from what is known as the birthplace of absinthe. Kubler is clear till it produces an opaque, milky, white louche. This absinthe is distilled from Suisse wheat including lemon balm, star anise, and Roman wormwood. 106 proof.
A famous Suisse le bleu absinthe. Clear in color and one of the smoothest of all absinthe. Made in Switzerland, the birthplace of absinthe. 106 proof.
Austrian absinthe with an earthy green color. This is a Bohemian style absinthe which means less anis. It has aromas of gentian, angostura with hints of mint. 120 proof.
A French absinthe that was one of the most popular absinthes before the ban of 1912 in the U.S. Now, after 95 years, Pernod makes it’s comeback as a quintessential absinthe. Made with fennel, anise and grande wormwood. 136 proof.
French absinthe with a bright green tint. This absinthe is nicely balanced with aromas of wormwood, mint, anise and lemon balm. 138 proof.
A French absinthe with a clear, bright green color which is an indicator of fresh Wormwood. Nouvelle Orleans has an intensely herbaceous and floral bouquet of mint, anise, lemon balm and verbena. 136 proof.
A French absinthe, Lucid is the first genuine absinthe to gain approval for legal distribution in the U.S. since 1912. The absinthe is light green colored and flavoured only by the natural ingredients; green anise, grande wormwood and sweet fennel. 124. proof


Absinthe House Frappe
Old Fashioned
Ramos Gin Fizz
Brandy Milk Punch
Planter’s Punch
Absinthe Suissesse
Mint Julep
Pimm’s Cup


Old Absinthe House is located at 240 Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans .