Café Lafitte in Exile

Gay in French Quarter

This spot, with its huge across-street projection and mood lighting, doesn’t exactly feel historical, but it’s the oldest dedicated gay bar in the USA. Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote both drank here. What’s in a name? The owners once ran Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop; when they lost their lease in 1953, they moved here and opened Lafitte in Exile.