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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 #44 of 197 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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Durham, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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44 reviews 44 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Atlanta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

My husband and I had heard about this from our tour driver. After one depressing walk down Bourbon Street, I wanted to get as far away from the Simian males as possible. Then we found Cafe Lafitte and after a bit of tugging, my hubby agreed to go inside. It is mostly male so we stood out a bit but... More

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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

On a short trip to New Orleans, we found this bar while walking down Bourbon on our first day. The staff was pleasent, the entertainment on the TVs was engaging, and the overall atmosphere was inviting. Yes, this is a no-frills bar, but that is part of its charm. We returned the following day as well, and again the bartenders... More

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South Wales
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115 reviews 115 reviews
45 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Visited this bar on Bourbon Street in the middle of Mardi Gras. There were only a few straight people there but it had a nice friendly atmosphere and helpful serving staff. There were male strippers on the bar who came to talk with us and give us a cuddle. It was a great respite from the madness of the rest... More

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London, United Kingdom
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315 reviews 315 reviews
42 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Very good music. Small intimate place. Good for everyone. Friendly service.

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