Cafe Lafitte in Exile, New Orleans

3.9
Nightlife · Gay Club / Bar
Cafe Lafitte in Exile is a bar in New Orleans' French Quarter that has operated continuously since 1933. It claims to be the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States (along with White Horse Inn in Oakland, California which has also operated since 1933).
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  • We found this place while wandering around the Quarter. Staff and patrons were nice. They had karaoke going but were shutting it down when we got there, around 11, so we didn't get to sing, but it...  more »
  • Not sure why but we had a Bud and a Vodka red bull and it came to $27. Two blocks down at Oz same order was $14. May be the oldest bar but nothing special when compared to what New Orleans has to...  more »
  • This was directly across the street from our AIRBNB- we stopped in here numerous times. Great energy- great bartenders. Our ice machine was broken and they were kind enough to send us off with ice...  more »
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  • Ryan (DOWNSTAIRS) is too old to adopt. ONLY thing wrong about Lafitte! Had a WONDERFUL time here Halloween week. Every staff member here is amazingly friendly, would have liked to meet Mr. Bubbles, maybe next time. Great music & awesome vibe! Have Ryan make you a Hurricane!
  • This is my favorite place in NOLA. First experienced in 1984, not much has changed , still a great place. (well, I haven't seen anyone f****d on the pool table recently. Fond memories
  • Great drinks, casual atmosphere. No drama and age neutral. Music appropriate.
  • Great place,every year at Christmas I see him there,a wounded, widowed warrior who comes to drink a toast to his fallen gay comrade who set this bar as his psuedo mosoleum. (Heard the story 9 years running) soldiers are closer than brothers...and this man "Timmy or Jimmy" last year leap to the aid of a newlywed lesbian couple when they were being stalked by a drunken weirdo by distracting him with a cute line about being the token breeder for them and then getting this drunken loser to admit that he was married and chasing tail....all in two minutes.the drunken faithless loser left and I was amazed at how he was right back to being an old man...but for a moment he was bold and courageous when it counted....if I see him this year I will hug him....they don't make men like that anymore....it was HOT to watch it all go down....
  • The space is nice, has a good history. But the bartender made the worst hurricane I had while I was in New Orleans. We were there early in the day, can’t really judge the mood.

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