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Monday, November 21, 2016

#2487 - Spitfire, New Orleans - 3/23/2014

The Spitfire bar, not to be confused with the coffee shop of the same name, is a funky, cozy, neighborhood dive that appears to host some good rock shows and alternative events. But this space has an even more colorful history, from the goth bar days in the 90s though the 00s with names like Blue Crystal, to hosting Dada art shows as the Whirling Dervish, to the last lesbian bar in the city of New Orleans as Rubyfruit Jungle.

During the goth days it hosted the Cure and dragged Trent Reznor out to meet Robert Smith, as well as witnessing Eddie Vedder and Cy Young award winning pitcher Jack McDowell in a bar brawl that left Black Jack unconscious after a bouncer's left hook knocked his head into the wheel of a jeep. Later Rubyfruit Jungle moved here, and when it closed in 2012 it was the last lesbian bar in a city that a few decades ago had nine of them -- the bars apparently no longer needed as hidden community centers and furtive social gatherings relived in the local play "Last Call."

Spitfire Bar, New Orleans, LA
The names change and the themes vary, but some spaces just seem destined to always host joints with real character, and whether there's high drama or just a chill crowd of interesting people, always feel like a good place to be.














Spitfire Bar, New Orleans, LA















1135 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 524-9822
Est. June 2013 - Building constructed: year
Previous bars in this location: Blue Crystal, The Crystal, Pendragon's, Crowbar, Whirling Dervish, Rubyfruit Jungle, 1135 Decatur,
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Reviews: nola.com - yelp

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