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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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Address: 901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA
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+1 504-522-8397
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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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Great start to a fabulous weekend

I couldn't check in to my hotel so I met a few friends here to day drink. The prices were great, the drinks were strong, and the staff was friendly. Apart from the creepy old guy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
TravelGeist89
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Foley, Alabama
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New York
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59 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well I was a bit turned off when I discovered the bartenders (John Green)don't wash their hands when they used the restroom. I brought this to the manager's (Foster) attention, and he became very aggressive with me, stating "he stands behind his bartenders"! Needless to say I wont ever be back and neither will my friends. Cleanliness is very important... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, I won't be giving my business anymore 2 Cafe' Lafittes in Exile, since this manager name Foster, wanna put me out and tells me I'm not welcome back there any more, because I made a complaint bout his employer John Green, his 5am-1pm bartender, having sex in the nasty public restroom and not serving regular customer or any customers... More 

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Foley, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I couldn't check in to my hotel so I met a few friends here to day drink. The prices were great, the drinks were strong, and the staff was friendly. Apart from the creepy old guy feeling up my friend's leg "Oh you have such nice legs you MUST work out all the time" (as he slides his hand up... More 

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Acme, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Was just walking around enjoulying the city and camn in here for a beer. Excellent place, great staff.

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Thank Mark F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

If my butt was on fire and the had water to put it out. Rude door man , stupid bartennder , when i as for a bourbon and coke and you give me a vodka and sprite, your not tending you are pretending. I paied and tips, received a statement from my bank saying i paied 50.00, something was not... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly service, drinks were a little expensive but the balcony view is worth it. Like most of the gay bars I've seen in the French Quarter they are catering primarily to the guys, but that's not too surprising. Good atmosphere, and lower key than some of the other places along Bourbon. Would go there again, for sure.

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Thank Cathy H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

First time here and definitely recommend the experience. Met several hot new friends. Come and join the party.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

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 25 July 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 

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Thank Cody M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 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!

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