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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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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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Oops! Didn't know it was a gay bar.... Regardless, the Bloody Mary was FABulous!

My husband and I were headed to brunch, and we decided to stop in Café Lafitte for a bloody Mary on our first day of vacation in NOLA. The music loop was funky, the clientele... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were headed to brunch, and we decided to stop in Café Lafitte for a bloody Mary on our first day of vacation in NOLA. The music loop was funky, the clientele eclectic, the bartender charming, and the bloody Mary was just what the doctor ordered. I didn't realize it was a gay bar until it came... More 

Thank kimmer1266
Sharpsburg, Maryland
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in during the afternoon. We got there in time for strong, happy hour priced drinks. After a couple of days in New Orleans, reasonably priced drinks were almost a shock to our system. The bartender was really friendly. Since we were there during the day, we can't attest to their evening activities, but the quiet was a very... More 

Thank Chuck P
Plymouth, Minnesota
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291 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice option for people who like to party with good music in a bar setting. The sound system is great, the choice of music gay classic, the bartenders are very friendly without being over the top and the prices are very reasonable. I loved it ... a lot.

Thank DdeKerf
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I have a lot of bars that I would call my home bar away from home and this is mine in New Orleans. Sundays I go for the Famous Napkin Toss! It always puts a smile on my face. They call it Trash Disco at it starts at 4:00pm on Sunday. At some point in the evening, you'll see that... More 

Thank Ferdiadh
Martinez, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Great food a fun atmosphere with plenty of local entertainment. Great Jambalaya, and a great selection of Creole dishes to choose from. More of a local hang out so the service is more laid back No worries man!

Thank Clifton D
Oak Park, Michigan
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113 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Good drinks and good service. If you want a fun time and don't mind a crowd check this place out. Lots of fun and reasonable price drinks.

Thank baraboll
Hanover, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Fun old bar that was packed during Southern Decadence 2015. Fun bartenders, good drinks, excellent balcony to people watch from.

Thank Gerry S
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

What's not to love? Great bartenders: Nick, Cullen, And Will ( to name a few ), cheap drinks, a balcony to walk the ebb and flow of Bourbon Street traverse-ers . Plus it's neighborhoody, friendly, and they play great tunes, projected onto the blank space above Clover Grill across the street. Definitely one of my favorites.

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Today the city is under a boil water watch. We can't drink the water. Which means we cannot order mixed drinks with ice or mixers from the bar tender's gun. Every other bar restaurant establishment has gotten ice from a distributor and canned/bottled mixers. Not this bar. Too cheap or too lazy/ inefficient to get what they need to serve... More 

1 Thank Robert D
Wellington, Florida
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380 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I guess this bar has lasted so long because of its friendly staff and reasonable prices and cleanliness. Went there on a week night and found a handful of people, and watched some interesting music videos and talked to the bartender. FYI, if you need to use the restroom, the key is attached to a toilet seat. Went a second... More 

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