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Apr 14, 2011 06:59 PM

Forgotten the name of a NOLA bar.

Years ago we were in New Orleans and enjoyed Sazeracs in a bar on a street that was either Royal or ran parallel with it. The place was small with the bar on the right wall. There were narrow doors across the front with windows in them. In cool weather the doors were closed, but during warm weather the doors folded back - accordian like. It was in the middle of the block with a hotel to the right (when facing the bar) on the corner. I don't believe the bar was part of the hotel. Can anyone help me with the name of this place. I'm not sure it is still there, especially after Katrina.

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  1. Sounds like The Old Absinthe House bar. Were there business cards on the wall? It is on Bourbon, one block Lakeside of Royal.


    Old Absinthe House
    240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. You're talking about Touche. It is, in fact, on Royal, next to the Royal Orleans.

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        Sure sounds like Touche to me. Does it still connect to the Royal-O in the back? It used to.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          No, only from Royal. It still has the "basement" lounge area.

          1. re: BayouTeche

            Too bad..used to be you could get to/from teh hotel via a sorta-secret route from that "basement" area. Always was a good place to have a drink in the A/C on a rainy day.

            1. re: BayouTeche

              Fifty years here, many spent prowling the FQ, and I just found out about the existence of the lower lounge last year!

              1. re: collardman

                Yeah, I'd sprung it on a lot of peaople. I didn't learn about it until the 1970's when a friend who worked in teh Quarter showed it to me.