5 star rating: Highly Recommended 253 Reviews

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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Let the good times roll as you discover the Big Easy’s vibrant drinking culture on the original cocktail walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants as you sip the city’s iconic libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. On the 2.5-hour tour, learn the classic stories behind these unique concoctions as you wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, drinking in history and culture as you go.


  • Walking tour of New Orleans original cocktails
  • Discover the history of renowned libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup
  • Visit the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, and its wine cellar and private dining area
  • Enjoy a view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking.
  • This tour has been featured on The Travel Channel

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Cocktail Tour

Embark on your exploration of New Orleans’ cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city’s French Quarter. Your group of like-minded 21-and-up revelers will travel the neighborhood’s historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture.

While it’s easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass.

You’ll also get an inside peek into the city’s oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that’s as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history—with a twist!

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! Our guide was very good with great information on the city and the bars and hotels that we visited. Everyone had a great time and we met some awesome people on the tour as well. This is a good relaxing way to find some great restaurants and bars and to see some of the city. Easy walking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved it!!!
It was an honor meeting our tour guide Joe G. I do believe we actually traveled in time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Joe is an excellent tour guide. His knowledge and easy manner made this excursion most enjoyable. His personal touches and in-depth explanations provided us with noteworthy and tasty experiences.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I loved the tour! Our tour guy Joe was funny and very informative. Joe knows a lot about the city.My husband didn't think he was going to enjoy the tour but he did. We learned a lot about the city. By the way, the drinks were excellent!! Your first drink is free but the prices at the other spots are very affordable. Next time I am in New Orleans I will try some of the restaurants. I can say I tasted some of the best drinks in my life, and I drink socially. I would recommended this tour to everyone. You will learn a lot about the french quarters and history behind the restaurants.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The nice man giving the tour was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us lots of extra information/history. Very pleasant time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide Joe was amazing. This is the second walking tour of this kind I have taken and I learned many new facts. Would HIGHLY recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a lot of fun and we had a chance to try some of our favorite original cocktails in the locations we visited...our guide was fun and made it interesting.
It was particularly interesting to see the inside of Antoine's and get all the history about the location.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Brian was an awesome tour guide and knew a lot about New Orleans cocktails and their history! I would highly recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was everything we expected and we certainly were not disappointed. Great tour guide who was interesting and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We all thought the tour was great, and the tour guide was very knowledge of the history and the events of New Orleans, great tour, great drinks, very nice staff. Thank you

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