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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

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Address: 901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
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+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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Best bar staff in NOLA

We scored a balcony table on our second visit to NOLA (which required about 90 minutes of hovering like a vulture during mid-afternoon until someone left). Best staff in NOLA... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We scored a balcony table on our second visit to NOLA (which required about 90 minutes of hovering like a vulture during mid-afternoon until someone left). Best staff in NOLA. Bartender was amazing (thanks Brad!), and everyone was super friendly. Bar was also very very clean. Will definitely be back!

Thank katiebugggggggg
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170 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Straight couple visiting from midnight till three. Cheesy pop to toe tap to, reasonably priced drinks and funny efficient service. Will go again. Good for getting g away from the chaos at he other end of bourbon but still having a fun night.

Thank Andrew A
Orlando, Florida
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great bar! Love the balcony upstairs; got a table with a great view of the street below. Drinks were overpriced but service was friendly!

Thank Todkimbro
Albany, New York
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gay bar with a downstairs (drinks/dancing/mingling), more private upstairs (bar/pool table), and fun upstairs patio overlooking Bourbon St. The absolute BEST part of this bar is the nightly "Napkin Dance" which is held on the first floor of the bar. I think it's at 9pm, but basically the bartenders pass out huge stacks of cocktail napkins, and during the chorus... More 

Thank schust2016
Mobile, Alabama
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were in town for our anniversary. My brother suggested we visit this bar and we were not disappointed. Sat upstairs and bartender Brad made our night! He was friendly, conversational, and kept us laughing (and buying drinks)! We couldn't ask for a better bartender. Coming here was a highlight of our trip.

Thank Heather B
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bartender handed he a handful of napkins as soon as the music love is in the air played everyone went wild and threw the napkins in the air. Amazing scene. People are hugging, kissing, singing, laughing. Best place to belong!!!

Thank Jake T
Conroe, Texas
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55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here with both gay and straight folks. It's welcoming to anyone. I love it. Friendly bartenders and my favorite balcony view in the city.

Thank Jeni B
Chicago, Illinois
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93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

A small hetero group of us, in for a conference, were passing by when we heard karaoke. We popped in and had a gas. We were welcomed and treated well. The group was fun. The drinks were standard and priced for the area. We stayed for more than one cocktail and had a wonderful time. Actually, it may have been... More 

Thank DLogsdon
New York
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69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 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 

Thank danity50
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 January 2017 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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