Lounges >Cafe Lafitte In Exile
901 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7011629.960271 -90.064178
Monday To Tuesday From 01:00 PM To 05:00 PM Wednesday To Sunday From 12:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD
This storied hangout with the legendary balcony bills itself as the oldest gay bar in the country. – The Scene
It's claim to being first may be questionable, but Lafitte's status as one of the French Quarter's premier gay and lesbian nightspots is beyond dispute. It's also a popular spot for straight locals and the adventurous tourist, as the ceaseless crowds will attest. Legend has it that Tennessee Williams was a patron of this establishment; he followed his friend Tom Caplinger, who opened it after leaving Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Lafitte In Exile was the original home of the Bourbon Street Awards, one of the most celebrated Carnival events in the gay community until massive crowds forced the relocation of the ceremony.
Both floors feature music and videos, with the main bar situated downstairs. Upstairs, there's a pool table and the club's infamous balcony, where rowdy patrons look out over this particular stretch of the Quarter and can be quite, er, flashy.
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