Cafe Lafitte in Exile

 
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Oldest gay bar in the U.S.!
Downstairs, a video-bar with dancing space. Upstairs, a sleek game room of pinball machines and pool tables.

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    • IrishWombat
      IrishWombat Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My home bar away from home.
      I have a lot of bars that I would call my home bar away from home and this is mine in New Orleans. Sundays I go for the Famous Napkin Toss! It always puts a smile on my face. They call it Trash Disco at it starts at 4:00pm on Sunday. At some point in the evening, you'll see that barbacks handing out wads of cocktail napkins and the glee and enthusiasm becomes palpable. The intro starts - the stutter beat - and eyes get wide. John Paul Young's voice reaches your ears and it's recognizable that the song is "Love Is In The Air." When I first made the connection between the napkins and the lyrics, a childish excitement pulsed through me. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Love and napkins are in the air! The bartender are friendly, outgoing and efficient, which is a task with the numbers of client in the bar for the Napkin Toss. It's an idea place to set up one's drinking headquarters while visiting the Big Easy.

    • mrd3
      mrd3 Over a year ago

      IF you are in New Orleans....
      ...and walking in the French quarter, stop in but don't make a special trip to go there. It was never busy (that i saw). As of 04-15-2015 smoking was still legal in bars and that one was no exception. I was dark, not air conditioned, was not inviting. I was disappointed, I was there in one of the busy times in the quarter too.

    • mrgremore
      mrgremore Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Try the Purple Voodoo!
      Supposedly this is the oldest bar in America. It has a fun, laid back vibe with live piano music and two separate bars. Be sure to try the Purple Voodoo!

    • mash19
      mash19 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best bar in New Orleans
      Great staff. Fun customers. Their balcony is a great place for viewing Mardi Gras revellers.

    • GaYToR
      GaYToR Over a year ago
      Loves it

      For a good time...
      I first came upon this treasure of New Orleans in the early 80's on my first visit to the city. Several years later, 1990, we moved here and Lafitte's was always the first stop of the day or night, being 3 blocks from home. Ah, the memories of nights (or afternoons) at Lafitte's. Always has the best DJ's in town and dancers on the bar for special events, but what day in New Orleans isn't a special event? I've watched the staff come and go but the new ones are as eager to please as the ones they replaced. Aletha is the star of the downstairs bar. She can sling those cocktails 'til the cows come home and keep you in stitches the whole time. She's a damn good singer too. Upstairs... you never know what to expect except it will be a fun time. The balcony is the best in the city and a great place for watching eye candy, day or night, but it gets packed early and all day and night on the big holidays like Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence. I'm not telling my secret for squeezing into my favorite spot at the railing. Upstairs on those biggest holidays is something you have to experience to believe. No room for playing pool then but the pool table is a virtual smorgasbord and it can take quite a while just to walk around it. Cafe Lafitte in Exile may be the oldest gay bar in the city so I guess that makes me older than dirt but that's OK. From the second you walk in and see that welcoming gas flame fire pit, you know you belong.

    • Gr8Karma
      Gr8Karma Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Disappointed
      One of the oldest gay bars in the United States with tons of history, hence I went to visit. Nice locals and clientele and music. 2 stories and nice layout. Only gripe was the fruit flies and the pre-made slushy drinks which were obviously old and not fresh at all to the taste and the drink pour system there is metered so it was difficult to get a good hard drink there!

    • FastJohn77
      FastJohn77 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Night to remember
      Great place- second floor on weekend is a sight to see

    • CalvinPisses
      CalvinPisses Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Grifters
      watch your money. New Orleans is filled with griifters. e-mail if you want more. otherwise, be on your guardl

    • Mochaman09
      Mochaman09 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Too Fun
      Any and every time I come to New Orleans, I always make this bar my prime stop to spend some time. A lot of fun memories and I always make some new cool freends! Always worth a stop here!

    • divi17
      divi17 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A classic.
      Very friendly people in here. You gotta come here if you're in NOLA.

    • cubsguy
      cubsguy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun bar
      This is the oldest gay bar in the US and is a lot of fun. Nice people and friendly bartenders. On Bourbon Street so you know you will have fun. Order a Hurricane - great and it's like a meal too. Enjoy!

    • flmwoofman
      flmwoofman Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great old bar
      Just off of Bourbon st

    • tamboyeast
      tamboyeast Over a year ago
      Loves it

      miss Aletha isTHEQUEEN!
      If for no other reason, go and meet Aletha. We love you, Aletha!!

    • nastypig
      nastypig Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Can't be beat - any time of the day or nite
      Beware of the barstools ... they have super magnetic powers and can hold you there for hours (sometimes days). Lower energy and more mature clientele than down the street, but consistent and always fun! -And don't miss the Southern Decadence Room.

    • travelboy
      travelboy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      crude
      rude staff of twinks that serve the weakest drinks in new orleans. Why go to a corporate bar when there are some great independently owned establishments that don't pour from a electronic measured spout and wear uniforms that makes you feel like you're in a suburban Applebees.