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Saturday, October 01, 2016

#2461 - Old Point Bar, New Orleans - 3/19/2014

Old Point Bar, Algiers, New Orleans


From the Canal Street terminal it's just $2 to take a ferry across the Mississippi to the old Algiers neighborhood, settled in 1719 and annexed by New Orleans in 1870. Like the French Quarter itself, there are lots of pretty old houses and buildings to look at, many Victorian style, constructed shortly after a devastating fire in 1895. If you're only going to visit for a couple hours or so, you can go in the evening and enjoy good music at the Old Point Tavern most every night, and without a cover. We chose to go during the day, when we could take in a bit more of suggested walking tours, but the Old Point was nevertheless our primary destination.

Old Point Bar, Algiers, New Orleans
The site of the Old Point hosted a bar as far back as the 1840s, although then the saloons were usually described as "coffee houses" in the city directories. The current building opened as a dry goods store in 1905. It became Johnny's Bar in the 70s, and has remained one since. It doesn't have much food, and the drinks are unremarkable, but it is a picturesque dive -- enough that some of the locals refer to it as "Hollywood East" and "the most filmed bar in New Orleans." Films that used it include "Ray," "The Expendables," "Green Lantern," "Contraband," and "Seeking Justice." But on most days it is a quiet, comfortable, neighborhood dive, with a small mix of tourists and Algerines ("AL-jer-reens"), and we chatted with Algerines Jeremy and Sammy. Sammy is a Seahawks fan, friends with several Seattle bands, and, we learned, the owner of the house we passed by with the crazy front yard including a live turkey. We liked the personality and the personalities of the bar and recommend it and the Algiers Point area for anyone who would enjoy a few tranquil hours from the French Quarter.


















Old Point Bar, Algiers, New Orleans


Sammy


Sammy's Yard



Sammy's Turkey














545 Patterson Dr, New Orleans, LA 70114 - (504) 364-0950
Est. ? - Building constructed: 1905
Previous bars in this location: Johnny's
Web site: oldpointbarnola.com - facebook
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