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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
+1 504-522-8397
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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 yesterday
tica2334
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Schererville, Indiana
Rude server

Had a couple of drinks in the downstairs portion of the bar and it came out to $11 so we decided to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ajmartinez2011
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Haifa, Israel
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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“gay bar” (18 reviews)
“bourbon street” (14 reviews)
“bloody mary” (4 reviews)
LOCATION
901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
French Quarter
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+1 504-522-8397
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank tica2334
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank ajmartinez2011
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Reviewed 2 April 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.

Thank glenncaracas
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Reviewed 20 March 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

Thank Greg S
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Reviewed 26 February 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

Thank M T
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Reviewed 18 February 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

Thank BostonNewOrleans
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Reviewed 30 December 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!!!

Thank slaudun
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Reviewed 30 October 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

Thank Andrea S
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

For a fun, exiting time that caters to a mixed crowd it's always a blast to go out to this bar. Most times their parties spill into the streets. They have good security staff therefore you can feel at ease. They have great bartenders who...More

1  Thank ddmullis
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Cool place for friendly conversation and very tasty, heaving bloody marys containing pickled green beans, green and red bell peppers, okra, celery, olives, and cucumber for $5. Helpful and friendly bar staff. Would recommend to friends and would come here again.

1  Thank ScubaDLT
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