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Melanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Love it and LOVED Joe!!!!

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!

Joe-dines-out United States of ... 

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!!!!

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

We enjoyed our experience. Unfortunately, I booked all of my tours at one time and did not know a discount coupon is offered at the end for another tour. This could of saved my girlfriend and I over 40 dollars!!! When II asked for an adjustment........sorry, we can't do that!!! Lesson learned....hold onto your money and book the night before!!

Peggy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This tour is a must. This was the most fun we had on our New Orleans trip. They gave us lots of history in the old bars we toured. You have a choice to drink different cocktails they make for you. We met so many very fun people on this tour. There is not that much walking. My girlfriend is in a wheel chair and she tolerated this just fine.

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Joe was amazing and a true New Orleans icon.

Antoinette F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Tour was fantastic! One suggestion I would make, have an option to pay a little extra for the tour to include drink SAMPLES not a full drink at each place. That way if you don't like a drink, you haven't paid for and wasted an entire drink. I think people would pay extra to include samples in their tour. I realize the bar owners make more money off the full drinks, but Viator should cater to their paying customers and not the bar owners.

Joshua K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Had a great time learning about the history of NOLA, especially the French Quarter, got a tour of some parts of the historic restaurants where one would never have access without knowing the right people or being invited.

william b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

We went with a group of 4 and had a great time.it was poruing but to bad walking around.Very interesting tour learning about some of the historyof the quarters and some of the famous drinks.We would do it again!Great tour guide..

ANGELICA R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Sandi was a great tour guide! we got to see the workings and inner details of some of the best resturants in New orleans. Also, the history of many of the cocktails that were presented during the tour were informative, fun and refreshing in comparison to some of the city's most well known stories. I recommend Sandi!

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

For the past 9 years, a group of us from all over the country converge on New Orleans for the week of Halloween. Every year, we do one touristy type thing swamp tour, plantation tour, etc. This year, we didn't plan ahead, so at the last minute, I booked the 6 of us for the cocktail tour.

We arrived at the appointed time and place for the tour and waited to be sorted in to groups for the tour. As we waited, an intoxicated homeless man approached me. We chatted briefly, he told me a joke, and I gave him a cigarette and walked over to join my group of friends.

At this point, Sandy approached me with an angry look on her face. She immediately began chastising me in front of the group for talking to this man. I live in a city with one of the highest homeless populations in the nation, right now. As a tour guide in my city, I understand the problems they can cause for guides and companies. However the way Sandy approached me was 100 inappropriate for a professional tour guide. To scold me in front of a group of people, including my friends and strangers was unprofessional, condescending and flat out rude. I almost left and asked for my money back, and would have if she had been our guide.

Luckily, we got Brian. As a former bartender and current bar/history tour guide in my city, I was a little worried about how the tour would go, but Brian was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about craft cocktails, the history of New Orleans, and the locations that we visited. We stopped at four places and at each place, he described the beverages we were having and why they were important to history. He was very patient about me fangirling about Paul at Broussards. He was personable, made sure that everyone had time to ask questions, and chatted briefly with each member of the our group. Beyond that, he did a great job with crowd control, which is hard to do with a large group of drunk people :

I highly recommend Brian and the tour. I would do this one again.

tnt1995

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This was the best tour we took. Our tour guide Joe at first glance we was worried however he was fantastic with the stories and knowledge about the history of the famous drinks and each location we visited. So friendly enjoyed talking with him at every stop while we tried a drink at each location.

Leslie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Our guide Ettienne sp?, was great. He was very knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans and shared personal insights of the town. He took us to the more upscale restaurants and bars that were away from crazy Bourbon Street. We toured one of the oldest restaurant in New Orleans located in French Quarter, Antoine's, which had lots of interesting historical memorabilia to see. I would highly recommend this tour, oh and the cocktails were good too!

Misti G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

The best tour I have been on in New Orleans. Mr. Joe was awesome!

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This is one of the best tours we've taken.

Linda S

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.

Monica M

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.

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