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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 #28 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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Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
37 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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