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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
1-504-522-8397
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Ranked #36 of 199 nightlife in New Orleans
Type: Gay Bars
Activities: Dining
Owner description: 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.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Key West, FL
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135 reviews 135 reviews
37 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is a great place to talk and hang out. A much different place from 15 years ago for sure when I husband & I (straight couple) happened into this place and met some new friends/locals. We stayed in NOLA for a month that trip and frequented this place. This visit we made a point to go to check out... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Partner and I went here on a Wednesday night and a Friday night. both nights bar star were fantastic, remember to tip well, music was great and various and can request as well. Cheap drinks for a bar on Bourbon Street. We found this was cheapest drinks for a gay bar on Bourbon Street. Bar staff are helpful with other... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

While Rawhide 2010 will always hold a special place in my heart (and nether regions), and I had a really fabulous time at Good Friends this year, I'll admit that Lafitte is my -favorite- hangout in the French Quarter. I like that it's just down the block from "The Big Three", away from where the craziness on Bourbon Street really... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I try to make it to New Orleans two or three times a year and always begin (and sometimes end) my evenings at Lafitte. The staff, especially Jeffrey and Aletha, will make sure that you have your drink and wayyyyy too much fun! This place makes all of us visitors feel right at home. See ya during SD2013. Keep the... More

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Augusta, GA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Primarily a "neighborhood" watering hole for the French Quarter gay crowd, this place is down-to-earth, friendly, extremely informative for the traveler and a fun place to stop for a draught or almost any mixed drink you can come up with. Evenings the upstairs bar opens, and there the music isn't as overpowering so you can have a reasonable conversation with... More

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chesterfield
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

recently spent a few nights in New Orleans following a business trip from the UK. Friendly, warm and welcoming customers and staff. James behind the bar was friendly...and easy on the eye too ;-)

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Houston
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I used to work in the restaurant trade during college in Virginia. There afterhours clubs could serve alcohol, but had to be non-profit and catered mainly to the gay community and the service industry. I frequented one after work with my girfriend who was a bartender and we lost many a Sunday sleeping off a 2:00am to 7:30am dance and... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Nice place for a drink or to meet up with friends. This is my favorite meeting place during festivals like Southern Decadence or Mardi Gras.

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