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Friendly neighborhood gay bar

My partner and I were visiting in the quarter and just checking out the gay bars. Stopped in the... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2018
daniel t
Schererville, Indiana
Good drinks and great view

They make good drinks here and the view of Bourbon Street from the balcony is perfect. Our... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Caracas, Venezuela
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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.
901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
French Quarter
+1 504-522-8397
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times for the tasty Bloody Marys. Gave a favorable review in the past. On this occasion, we asked for two large Bloody Marys, having had four just a couple days earlier. The bartender on duty this day said Bloody Marys are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Good place to play pool and get away from the heat in the upstairs bar. Nice bartenders and upstairs bartender was great at whipping up yummy summer drinks. Good music and gets so packed at night!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AnneS589
Reviewed June 23, 2018

My partner and I were visiting in the quarter and just checking out the gay bars. Stopped in the early afternoon for happy hour drinks.theres a recurring theme of NOLA gay bars, everyone is extremely friendly.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank daniel t
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Had a couple of drinks in the downstairs portion of the bar and it came out to $11 so we decided to stay and enjoy our time. Went upstairs to drink on the balcony and the exact same order was $26. I asked the bartender...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

They make good drinks here and the view of Bourbon Street from the balcony is perfect. Our bartender, Ryan, was really nice and served us some very tasty drinks. Don't miss this gay icon on Bourbon Street.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank glenncaracas
Reviewed March 20, 2018

Stopped in here a few times during an extended-weekend trip. Bob was our bartender each time, and he was very welcoming and friendly. Told us a little about the bar's history, had some good conversations, and he made us some great Hurricanes that weren't loaded...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Greg S
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Off the beaten track a bit but well worth the visit, one of the best and busiest community bars in town. Drinks are cheap and strong (oh boy so strong). They take cash and credit card and have an atm inside. balcony and seems to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank M T
Reviewed February 18, 2018

Stopped here to sit in the sunshine of the French Quarter. Both bartenders on duty, upstairs and downstairs were very friendly and attentive. I bought a delicious burger across the street at Clover Diner and enjoyed it on Cafe Lafitte balcony. Drinks were good and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank BostonNewOrleans
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

History and Great times all in one place!!! The oldest gay bar in the United States!!! Amazing Bloody Mary cocktails served with the friendliest bartenders!!! The balcony is truly AWESOME!!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank slaudun
Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

We've been all over New Orleans and, hands down, best Bloody Mary's are at Cafe Lafietes in Exile! Our bartender, John, knows how to make the best. Loaded with pickled green beans , okra and olives and just enough spice to remind you of where...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Andrea S
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lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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