May 11, 2018
Dating from the 1770s, Lafitte’s is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans and wears its history proudly. On the verge of collapse it was rescued in the 1940s but the owners retained the bare, stripped back interior. Today the bar exudes atmosphere; the bar is lit by candlelight and the shelves heave with bourbon bottles. True, the recent renovations of the exterior haven’t been carried out as sympathetically as they could have been it looks a little gimmicky and false but inside the place has undeniable appeal. Popular with locals, it has managed to avoid becoming a tourist trap. They serve a decent range of beers and an array of cocktails including a well-made Sazerac, the perfect NOLA tipple.