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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

Neighborhood: French Quarter
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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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A must when circling the fruit loop

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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 

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Wellington, Florida
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73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I met a friend of a friend at the café Lafitte, and I learned about the happy hour tradition. Throw napkins in the air, love is in the air !!!!!! Great fun with fun fun fun music!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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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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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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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