Two historic icons are the Old Absinthe House and Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. The first serves mixed drinks, beer and wine, plus pub fare, but definitely try the absinthe with its flaming sugar cube. The walls are covered in business cards, so why not leave yours too? At Lafitte's, enjoy a drink and live piano music in what is reputed to be the oldest building used as a bar in the country, built in 1722. Try their specialty of the house, the Hurricane.