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Cafe Lafitte in Exile

901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
+1 504-522-8397
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A "Must-Do"

History and Great times all in one place!!! The oldest gay bar in the United States!!! Amazing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Best Bloody Mary in the French Quarter!

We've been all over New Orleans and, hands down, best Bloody Mary's are at Cafe Lafietes in Exile... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Andrea S
Saint Peters, Missouri
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“gay bar” (17 reviews)
“bloody mary” (4 reviews)
901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3120
French Quarter
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A TripAdvisor Member
Covington, Louisiana
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!!!

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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
Reviewed 6 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
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
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Just a fun place to visit. Grabbed a table on the balcony, and enjoyed personalized bar service and a great view of the people walking Bourbon Street. Great drinks and great hospitality!

1  Thank mockx3
Reviewed 10 June 2017

this bar is at the end of Bourbon Street and is always busy. it is quite small inside, but again you can go upstairs onto the balcony. Its friendly staff are very attentive and the nusic playing is great

1  Thank brightscot
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

A very cool bar with a rich history. The bartender was nice and the drinks were great. I would definitely stop here again.

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 19 April 2017

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...More

1  Thank katiebugggggggg
Reviewed 15 April 2017 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.

1  Thank Andrew A
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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!

1  Thank Todkimbro
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living
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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