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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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Address: 901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 1-504-522-8397
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Activities: Dining
Description: Cafe Lafitte's is the oldest gay bar in the United States. They have a...
Cafe Lafitte's is the oldest gay bar in the United States. They have a upstairs "Balcony Bar" that is open on the weekends and great for entertaining. Also the Balcony Bar is great for private parties.
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Landmark Fun with Locals

I've been going to great two-story bar since my first visit to New Orleans back in 2001. But it's been around a lot longer than that - boasting the title Oldest Gay Bar in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I've been going to great two-story bar since my first visit to New Orleans back in 2001. But it's been around a lot longer than that - boasting the title Oldest Gay Bar in America. True or not (lot's of stories be told in N'awlins) it's worth a visit any time. The bartenders are ever so friendly, the drinks are... More 

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Palmer, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A longer walk to the end of Bourbon St.. gets a little darker as you head there.. BUT so worth the trek! We were welcomed immediately, offered drinks and a chance to participate in the evening's festive Karaoke game. The drinks were "local priced" rather than "tourist priced" so we didn't feel like we were blowing the budget to stay... More 

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My sister and I were in New Orleans for 3 nights late October. My sister had been several times before and 'knew the ropes'. We came across Cafe Lafitte in Exile purely by chance as there are sooo many bars/places to go! What drew us in was the Karaoke music coming from it, but we couldn't actually determine which establishment... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Cafe Lafitte in Exile is one of my favorite bars, ever. It *is* a gay bar, so it is not necessarily for everyone. However, the staff at Cafe Lafitte's makes sure that everyone feels welcome. The bartenders are friendly and very happy to see you. And those times that you wake up at 5:00 AM and are craving a really... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I was here with my husband on a Sunday afternoon and we hung out primarily upstairs since it was packed downstairs for a Saints game. The bartender upstairs (pretty sure his name was Dan) was really nice and even came outside to talk to us on the balcony to see if we wanted more drinks. That is fantastic service that... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

One of the more popular gay bars in town for good reasons! The balcony is right above most of the Bourbon Street gay action during festivals. It is packed during Southern Decadance, and the upstairs can be very friendly on weekend nights - sometimes extremely so. Great music and friendly staff make this a favorite

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Charlottesville
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My sister Pam and I hung out with all our new friends on Wednesday night at Cafe Lafitte in Exile...it was awesome!!! We planned to only stop in for a drink and ended up spending most of the night there. Cody the bartender is the BOMB!! The karaoke crew was amazing..hospitality was great...we can't say enough great things about this... More 

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Holland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was our favorite place to hang during southern decadence. We were able to get seats on the balcony and just watch everyone on bourbon street. Fun gay bar with dancers. Good drinks.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Service on the Balcony here is super! Me and my partner had an awesome time with Bartender Brian who served us up some superb drinks all afternoon! He truly is attentive and made sure we were well taken care of! This is not just "another gay bar" this is a historical place with a huge amount of history and tradition!... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We joined some locals at dinner at Tacos and Beer on St. Charles Street, who basically 'escorted' us to this bar. We had a couple of beers here out on the balcony, very New Orleans. We then went on to dance on Bourbon Street. We did plan on going here, but more fun with 'locals'. Otherwise, just a 'gay' bar.

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