New Orleans, United States
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Overview

Indulge in New Orleans liquid culture on this insider cocktail tour of the historic French Quarter! With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, journey beyond the hubbub of Bourbon Street and visit four historic local haunts for a sampling of iconic cocktails. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders, discover the origins and truths of centuries‐old spirits such as absinthe, and sip on a Sazerac (or two).
  • 3-hour cocktail tour in the French Quarter with expert local guide, from New Orleans
  • Includes four cocktails on visits to four bars
  • Savor a Sazerac in a former icehouse that once supplied ice to many New Orleans bars
  • Visit the elegant bar at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, which was a convent in the 19th century
  • Soak up the atmosphere at two of New Orleans’ establishments: Evangeline’s and Tujague’s
  • Learn why absinthe drinking was banned for decades in the US and Europe
  • Hear fascinating and informative commentary on cocktail history in The Big Easy from your native guide
Your night of cultured imbibing begins as evening arrives in the French Quarter. Head to Evangeline’s to meet your lively guide and start your 3‐hour tour with a cocktail in the restaurant’s intimate courtyard. Sip on a southern classic, such as a French 75 or a Mint Julep, as you get an intriguing introduction to New Orleans drinking culture. Pace yourself, as your tour includes four cocktails at four different venues – and more at your own expense.
Your second visit will be to SoBou, a local favorite that’s part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace family. There, try one of two versions of the classic Sazerac, a recipe attributed to a Creole apothecary in the 19th Century – when cocktails constituted as medicine! Then head to Bourbon ‘O’ Bar to sample a local craft beer or the obscure yet beloved Roffignac cocktail, a nod to the city’s last French‐born mayor. 
Your final stop is at Tujague’s, the oldest authentic Creole restaurant in New Orleans, serving loyal locals since 1856. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – or a whiskey‐ and brandy‐based Vieux Carré cocktail. If you’re in need of some tasty nibbles, stay on at Tujague’s (where you tour ends) or head to the hip Faubourg‐Marigny quarter nearby. 
Along the way, learn fascinating histories including the controversy around absinthe, and the cocktail‐related tales of (unexpected) venues such as the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and Napoleon House.
Please note: Some bars have a dress code. Men are discouraged from wearing tank tops.

Reviews

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M
, Nov 2018

Very informative and great cocktail locations. Learning about the history of cocktails in New Orleans was particularly interesting.

K
, Jul 2018

It was our first time to New Orleans and this is a most tour!! Our tour guide - was excellent - the history, he knew his stuff!! Interesting facts I/we never knew! Excellent drinks!! Great fun!! Recommend this for all!

B
, Mar 2018

Only issue was very confusing directions, we missed first 20 minutes trying to find the starting point. In the end we rang the tour group and they waited which was good.
The actual guide was great and we had a wonderful introduction to New Orleans.

j
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

G
, Mar 2018

If you want to learn all about the history of alcohol, and specifically in the French Quarter of NOLA, definitely take this tour. Our guide told us a wealth of information and of course you get minimum 4 yummy cocktails in fun venues. We got to know the other people in our small group and all had a great time chatting and laughing even after the tour was over. You will enjoy this tour.

M
, Feb 2018

This tour was amazing. Lindsey our tour guide was great. Not only did we receive history on cocktails, but also on New Orleans and the establishments we visited. The cocktails were delicious. We would highly recommend this tour, if you would like to take a break from Bourbon Street for a few hours.

D
, Jan 2018

Oh, my . . . feel in love with Sazerac and all the history of Cocktails and which ones originated in New Orleans. Thanks Ben for sharing all your knowledge with us!!

C
, Dec 2017

Well worth it, and we will do this again . . . especially with friends, next trip. Dr. Gumbo aka The Reverend Most Doctorly in Drink Benjamin Wisdom is a talented impresario. He weaves showmanship, comedy and serious history, local and world-wide, all the way back to 12,000 B.C. to tell the story of hard liquor through the Ages. If you have a companion, you experience six drinks in all two of which are shared, so you each enjoy four full-sized boozey beverages. The brandy crusta was a bit too sour, but the sazerac, my tai, and a number named after a NOLA mayor from past glory days were fantastic. An excellent three-hour walking tour. Excellent value. Great entertainment!

K
, Dec 2017

This was a great evening. It was so well organized and lots of fun. The 3 hours went by so fast but we weren't rushed. Our guide was a good historian and had a fun sense of humor. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

N
, Dec 2017

My tour was amazing and our tour guide Lindsey was the absolute best!!!!


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