Truman Capote Haunts The Country’s Oldest Gay Bar Nestled In The French Quarter

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Truman Capote Haunts The Country’s Oldest Gay Bar Nestled In The French Quarter

Have a drink with Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams at this haunted gay bar in New Orleans.

New Orleans is known for being one of the most haunted places in the United States. The city is home to not only one of the most haunted eateries in the nation, but it claims to be the oldest operating gay bar in the country.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile has been operating since 1933 and the end of the Prohibition Era. The bar has always been welcoming and encourages individuality, creativity, and love! You’ll definitely spot a queen or two, as the venue is known for their fabulous drag shows.

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Both Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote used to frequently visit the bar when in the Big Easy. The duo have since been spotted at the establishment, haunting their favorite gay bar in New Orleans. Capote is often seen haunting the stairs, while Williams rests up on his favorite seat at the bar.

In addition to the spooky goings on, there’s a cheeky ghost who likes to pinch the rear ends of visitors! Of course ghost hunters of all kinds are welcome, but it’s an incredible LGBTQ+ safe-space that hosts an array of events for the community. There’s an incredibly rich history, and you can feel it pulsate through this French Quarter gem, located on the city’s most iconic street, Bourbon Street!


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Their usual schedule includes live drag, karaoke, trash disco, and bottomless mimosas on Sundays! This place is also known for their hilarious napkin toss! The venue is back open and it’s the perfect historical hotspot to grab a drink.

Both upstairs and the downstairs bars have outdoor seating. It’s a great Bourbon Street hangout any day, and simply can’t be beat during Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence celebrations. Upstairs, the upscale décor is perfect for intimate conversation, boasting gorgeous views of the Quarter from their balcony!

Cafe Lafitte in Exile is located at 901 Bourbon Street. The bar is usually open 24/7 but that’s temporarily on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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