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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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Address: 901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
Phone Number: 1-504-522-8397

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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Awesome Local Bar on Bourbon

I live a few blocks away. When I was trying to become acquainted with the scene, I found Lafittes. I would sit in the back dark corner by myself and sip my drink. Bob made it an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2016
Cody M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a decent atmosphere, but seemed a little different than some of the other local bars. Comfortable, older crowd, prices were standard for the street.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

I live a few blocks away. When I was trying to become acquainted with the scene, I found Lafittes. I would sit in the back dark corner by myself and sip my drink. Bob made it an effort to come chat with me everytime I came in.This certainly made me come back with the hospitality and awesome drinks! John is... More 

Thank Cody M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Went here on Friday March 25,2016 with my boyfriend and sister and my friend from Dallas! Justin was out bartender and we was fantastic! We had a really great time!

Thank Will H
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

I love Cafe Lafitte for a lot of reasons. The bartenders are some of the friendliest in any bar in the city; I have had more interesting conversations with perfect strangers in this bar than any other gay bar in the city; I love the combination of music and videos that they play; The Napkin Toss rocks, and the Balcony... More 

Thank Blair D
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2016

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 

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Sharpsburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

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 

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Axel, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Martinez, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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