5 star rating: Highly Recommended 180 Reviews

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

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.

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

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 September 2014

Joe was an excellent guide. He grew up in New Orleans and was very knowledgable about the history. I would recommend taking the tour at the beginning of your trip, because he will point out other restaurants and bars that he suggests. He gives you a lot of history that you wouldn't read in a book. The tour company provided us with one cocktail to get us started. We went to several very unique and historical bars. Some of the cocktails we tried were Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, Green Fairy and Mint Julep. At each bar, Joe told us what cocktail(s) it was known for. He usually had 2-3 suggestions for each one. There are 18 different bars on his list, it just depends on what day it is and which bars have private events going on or are closed. I would highly recommend this tour, for the great drinks that I probably would not have tried, and for the history lesson.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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