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Golden Lantern

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French Quarter
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Address: 1239 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2512
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+1 504-529-2860

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Gay but nice bar

Everyone is friendly. The bartenders are great and remember you. No food. Decent price for NO. Do have glassware and takeout cups. One of the few bars on Royal. A must stop... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
Metuchen, New Jersey
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Everyone is friendly. The bartenders are great and remember you. No food. Decent price for NO. Do have glassware and takeout cups. One of the few bars on Royal. A must stop if go to the French Market- three blocks away.

Thank Rbward
Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a great gathering place for locals, between the Marigny and French Quarter. Drinks were reasonably priced, crowd was friendly and...local! Live music on Saturday evening.

Thank Jason G
Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

It's hard to describe the charm of the Golden Lantern. From the outside you might miss it, a pride flag waiving proudly in the New Orleans sun, plants dripping from their daily hydration and a couple of windows are all that mark this hidden treasure of LGBTQ camaraderie nestled just off the the bustle of Bourbon street. Stepping into it... More 

Thank bowen_mars
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Been coming for S. Decadence for 15 years. Loved the Golden Lantern because of its charm, strong drinks and cheap prices. Asked the female bartender(fat gray hair) for a Bloody Mary, she said she wouldn't make it( it was 3pm and not busy). No big deal so I ordered a vodka soda. She poured me half a drink. It started... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

first bar we visited in new orleans and it was a good choice nice friendly atmosphere reasonably priced drinks good music and the drag shows are really good we made it our local while we were there so gay or straight check it out you won't be sorry you did

Thank tanithblack
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

By far my husband and my favorite bar in New Orleans. Everyone at the Lantern is friendly and will strike up a conversation. My husband went in one morning for a bloody Mary and to catch up on some reading. He didn't get much reading done because he was immediately offered Jell-O shots and a free "Lantern Trash" t-shirt!

Thank Patrick C
oldham UK
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Just wandered past and it looked like a friendly bar with NO sport screens Stopped and realised it was the cheapest drinks in town Had a great time talking to the Ryan Gosling lookalike barman Lots of friendly locals all willing to chat Great Juke Box Music

Thank stevekathybithell
New Orleans, Louisiana
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We live here and love the friendly, low-key local atmosphere at this place. Yes, it is a bit of a dive bar, but it's also THE neighborhood bar for French Quarter residents, gay or straight. Check out the 5pm Sunday drag show.

Thank Jean T
Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Generously assembled cocktails- absolutely fabulous Bloody Mary! Welcoming staff and super friendly clientele!

1 Thank Orlandaytripper
Vicksburg, Mississippi
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I always enjoy sitting here having a drink...or more. The pours are generous and it's a fun local hangout. Definitely not the tourist traps you will find just a few blocks over on Bourbon. I'm remain reluctant to speak so highly of it, because I don't want it ruined!

1 Thank rjnurs

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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