Why Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar is the watering hole for the dead

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Built between 1722 and 1732, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar on Bourbon Street is known to be one of the oldest buildings in America. It escaped two great fires and was believed to be to have been used by the Lafitte brothers, Jean and Pierre, as a New Orleans base for their Barataria smuggling operation. Rumor has it Jean Lafitte hid his gold in the fireplace inside the establishment.

According to the tour guide who goes by "Bloody Mary," the establishment still has loads of paranormal activity.

"You have invisible hands that might grab at your cocktails, or sometimes other body parts," the tour guide eerily described. "You have disembodied voices that sometimes call you near the piano. They've been known to tinkle a few ivories on its own. So we've seen apparitions. We've heard them. We've felt them. We've seen things move around. This is a great place."

This watering hole is not just frequented by locals, but ghosts who keep coming back.

According to mediums, who have the ability to speak to those who have passed on, spirits are drawn to where they hung out the most in their lives, such as their favorite places and their homes.  Will you return to Lafitte's in the afterlife? If you've ever sipped their famed purple drank, then you might be inclined to come back for another round!

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