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

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders withlocal imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in 2.5 hours of sampling and storytelling from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New 
Orleans. 

Highlights

  • 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

Your journey through the ‘spirits’ of New Orleans begins in the French Quarter. In mid‐afternoon, meet at the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, dressed in ‘casual’ fine‐drinking attire – some dress codes prohibit tank tops, cut‐offs or super short shorts. With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, you’ll spend the next two hours visiting historic local haunts to sampling iconic cocktails. 

En route to the first bar, check out the distinctive local architecture. You’ll see French‐ and Spanish‐inspired buildings, gorgeous Creole townhouses and intimate courtyards – some of which offer a great space for imbibing and mingling. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders and learn the origins and truths of centuries‐old cocktails from your guide. Any of the featured southern 
drinks are available for purchase, so treat yourself to a Sazerac (or two). 

Your tour also includes a stop in at Tujague’s, the oldest authentic Creole restaurant in New Orleans, serving loyal locals since 1856. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – and tour its historic wine cellar and dining rooms before returning to the starting point, where your excursion ends. You’ll finish with plenty of time (and insider information) to continue the fun with your own self‐guided 
drinks and eats tour. 

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Customer Reviews

Katie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was one of the highlights of New Orleans. Both my husband and I loved it. Fun history lesson and even better cocktails. Great fun!!

Jeff C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time. Our guide really new his stuff and it was fun trying the different drinks!

robert l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Got into some bars that we may not have visited. We especially liked The Three Sisters. Brian did a great job!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

History of the Big Easy in a Cocktail Glass

As a nigh neighbor from Baton Rouge, I started out a bit of a skeptic. THAT went away in a hurry. Out guide, Joe Gendusa, multi-generational Orleanian, former high school English teacher ans scion of the family of po-boy bread bakers swept us right into his love of his home town and it's rich history. Now, I can very easily foresee taking this tour again when hosting more newbies to the city. Had we not 7:30 dinner reservations, we might well still be lingering at our last of 4 stops, the bar at Tujagues's. Our meander through the Quater took us to the Napoleon House, Hermes bar at Antoines and the Court of Two sisters. These are all regular stops, however, whim, season or circumstance may lead Joe to visit any number of other establishments on any day. One nice hing about this tour is that one may order or split as many or a few drinks along the way as one wishes and not necessarily the ones highlighted at that establishment. I wax far too long. however I highly recommend this as a delightful way to while away a big Easy afternoon into evening. Cheers!

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour!! The guide was outstanding.

Fred B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Good guide:-, relaxed,very enjoyable.

Amanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Best tour we took in New Orleans. The guide was so passionate about the city and gave us a lot of history behind the historic restaurants and bars we stopped at, including the families that owned them and the stories of the origins of some of NOLA's classic cocktails. As someone who is into history and a relatively light drinker, I really enjoyed the fact that the tour emphasized the history, culture of the people and stories of the French Quarter. We took a few other tours of the city, but this was the one that really stood out as offering the best insights into the city. Highly recommended!

Vivienne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Lots of fun and actually very informative! Brian was a hoot!

Adrienne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our tour was awesome. Robi was great and we loved all the stories

susan rene f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was so fun and informative! Sandi was awesome and was able to share so much of the history of New Orleans. We had never been on a Cocktail Tour before, but we had so much fun that we want to do it again! We're going to tell all of our friends! Thanks Sandi!!!!

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