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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 


  • 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

Jenna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Brian did a fantastic job explaining the history of both the restaurants and cocktails. We really enjoyed our time with him.

caroline r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Joe Gendusa knows his history! Loved this version of a cocktail tour. The price reflects that you purchase your drinks but that allows you to pick at each place what to try. Joe was great to suggesting which drinks match with your preferences.

Tandy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a blast on the New Orleans Cocktail Walking Tour. Brian was our guide and he was funny and informative. The drinks on the tour are not free, but they are reasonably priced and it worked out fine for us to buy one drink and share it between the two of us at each stop. We learned some history behind how different drinks were invented, as well as the old restaurants and bars in NOLA. It was pleasant and a great way to spend a couple of hours. Nice people on the tour to visit with too.

Cheryl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

OMG..... Joe IS NOLA!!! The man is a walking reference to everything and adds his own personal tweeks as you walk! We would never have visited the sites included much less would never know the background that was so appealing!! Joe survived Katrina and shares the city's survival means while enjoying cocktails as only NOLA can provide!!! Tasted some real gems of drinks that we will seek out again thanks to Joe!!! Kudos and thanks to a favorite tour that we will definitely recommend!!

Peter R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is the second time I did the tour with Joe and it was a great experience. He is a very knowledgeable guide and has a great personality. Both times we went to the same bars but they were enjoyable anyhow because I had forgot certain things.

Natasha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had such a great time, I highly recommend this tour. It was very informative and fun! We had Nancy as our tour guide and she was fantastic!

Natasha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had such a great time and would highly recommend this tour. Very informative and fun. Nancy was our tour guide. She was fantastic!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great way to see the city and learn about the drinks and history. After taking this tour, we went back to a few of the places that we passed along the way.

Diane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

What a fun tour! Start with a drink at the meeting place on the Mississippi and go from there. Our guide had great stories about the facilities we visited and how these unusual drinks came to be. You'd never learn them any other way! He managed to have the drinks always ready for us when we arrived and we could sip and sit while he told us the history of these ancient restaurants. Had 4 new drinks while on tour - great fun, nice pace. Highly recommended for learning for New Orleans.

Gerard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour. The tour was very historic , full of interesting info , very pleasant guide and great drinks! We loved it!

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