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Nov 22, 2009 03:38 PM

top dive bars in new orleans

heres a couple sweet ones Snake and Jakes, saturn bar erin rose any others?

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  1. Bud Rip's, Lamplighter, Marky's, Ms Mae's, more so the old one but the new one is good, Dungeon, F&M's, Butler's before it was closed, Mayfair

    1. Vaughn's, Kingpin, Ernie K Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge, Bullet's Sport's Bar,

      1. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of my favorites.

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        1. re: MFK Fisherman

          Second Lafitte's. Went there with a few friends on the first night of my first trip to new orleans 5 years ago and it was the birth place of one of the best inside jokes ever. For those who haven't been, it's an extra-old, un-upgraded building with extra-low ceilings. Anyway, we're sitting at the bar, enjoying our beers, when a policeman on horseback comes up to the open doorway, and horse and rider both duck their heads under the extra-low doorway and come inside to check things out. To this day, we just have to say to one another "so a horse walks into a bar . . ." and we dissolve into giggles. Maybe you had to be there . . .

          1. re: cookie monster

            That's a great story. Those open doors can be a blessing and a curse. One time we were in there about 3 in the afternoon and a young man, obviously high on something and with a grudge, ran in the place, picked up one of those table candles in the glass jars they have or had and whipped it as hard as he could at the bartender, who proceeded to grab a baseball bat from behind the bar and chase the guy down the street. The 8-10 people in there, us included, just kind of looked at one another, did a big "ho-hum" and went back to drinking. I've seen some weird stuff in that place.

            1. re: cookie monster

              The same thing happened to my wife and me a couple of years ago when we were there for "light" Mardi Gras. It was quite a site to see this beautiful animal looking right in your face. We asked him if he wanted a beer but he said no, he was on duty

          2. Johnny White's (the one on St Peter, not Bourbon). Say hi to Evil Bob. Also, they open at like 6am or something like that.

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            1. re: kukubura

              Johnny White's on St. Peter never closes! It was open 24/7 even during and after Katrina. It's always our first stop when we come to town.......nice friendly people!

              1. re: sueinwis

                I should have guessed that. One early morning (5am) I set up under the balcony next door to paint the Pres Hall building. I was lucky to be under the balcony because I got caught in a torrential downpour while "Windex Pete" talked my ear off about lord knows what. When I was done a couple hours later I ducked in Johnny White's for an early morning drink. I was soaked to the bone, balcony or no, and it was definitely a welcoming joint.

                1. re: sueinwis

                  Actually, Johnny White's on St Peter Street closed for Katrina. It was up and running as soon as they could re-open and eventually were back to operating 24/7. It was the other Johnny White's (different owner) on Bourbon and Orleans that never closed throughout the Katrina disaster.

              2. Brothers 3, Buddha Belly, The Deckbar, The Lamplighter (the last two are Jeff Parish)