|Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 8:39 pm: |
I have a few connections of the sort as well...as I do not know about your rumor, I will do some asking around. I'd like to know if this is true or not. Yes, The bar itself was supposed to have been in seclusion for some time now.
|Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 6:24 pm: |
I was recently told by a friend of mine who lives in NOLA and is pretty connected in some of the french quarter's more seedy ventures that it is rumoured that the original bar that is in storage has been secretly sold (without the owners knowledge) and been carved into guitar bodies. I have no idea if this is true but it is a good story and if these guitars exist I would love to get my hands on one.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 11:01 pm: |
Yes, UNFORTUNATELY, the original "Old Absinthe House" is now a freakin DAIQUIRI HUT. What a tragedy!
I think, if I'm correct, this is actually the third location of the old place. But, the one I grew up with was the resting place after prohibition and the original bar itself is in a warehouse. The new place is HALF the size of the original and no bands play there. I miss Brian Lee who played there every Friday night. He was blind as a bat and played a Gibson Flying V guitar.
His closing number was "Tied to the whipping post"...It was awesome! Everybody sing: "Oh Lord, I feel like I'm Dyyyyin"
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 9:01 pm: |
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 4:57 pm: |
Heh. I brought in some La Fee, and have been playing sales rep to my old chums while showing the prophetic, apocalyptic $20 bill trick. I gave some to me mum, who grew up in New Orleans. One sip brought back (recovered, pseudo-) memories of her early 20s. A guy she dated took her to the Old Absinthe House, where they drank "absinthe" cocktails. 40 years later, she finally gets to try the real thing!
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 11:46 am: |
I thought the one ones with Napoleon on them were later fountains, and the ones with the God & Goddess were the originals.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 11:04 am: |
slight mixup. the napoleon fountain is at the original Old Absinthe House (lafitte's old absinthe house) ... while the two fountains Artemis, Morrigan & I saw are at the daiquiri shop. Indeed, those two were topped by goddesses.
I do not know what happened to the Napoleon, it was there a couple years ago.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 11:00 am: |
When the ladies and I strolled in to look at the fountains, we had just been making the most of the Green Hour with a bottle of Dr. Van Gogh's in a local courtyard, so I hope I can be forgiven the deification of the sadly foreshortened and now apparently purloined Frog prince. It was the evil thujone that clouded my brain. Yes, that's what it was.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 10:43 am: |
Barnaby Conrad's book shows an "Old Absinthe House" fountain (looking just like the one in Rimbaud's pic) with a figurine of Napoleon I in his trademark hat and uniform. It would be a shame if someone stole it.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 10:39 am: |
When Kallisti, Morrigan and I looked at those fountains last year, there was a statue on the top of each. I thought they were a god and a goddess, but whatever. In any case, they both had statues.
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 10:10 am: |
Thanks for the flash-backs, Kallisti!!
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 9:51 am: |
Did someone rip off the little statue of Napoleon that was on top of the "Old Absinthe House" fountain (2nd pic from the top)?
|Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 7:22 am: |
I'm posting Rimbaud's lovely pix from his French Quarter absinthe tour: