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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). 

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

Cocktail History Walking Tour

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. 

Customer Reviews

Brendar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide was very well informed with both the architecture and the history of liquor in New Orleans. Easy paced and we loved all the interesting stories.

ANGELICA J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and knowledgeable. The drinks and stories went perfect with the ambiance of NOLA! I would recommend this to anyone who loves history and a cocktail or two!

Shelia I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved it!

Ena D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The cocktails were delicious and the guide was comical/entertaining! Please book this tour!

Mem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Incredible!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and fun. The choices of the bars/hotels to stop at were perfect. The history was not only the cocktails but the buildings and time periods as well. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR.

Sharon R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Dr Gumbo was on time and so knowledgeable about cocktails and the history of drinks and his city of New Orleans, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the venues and the cocktails!!! An amazing experience and a great way to bebintroduced to this amazing city

Anya

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a perfect way to spend the first night of our trip to New Orleans! I loved that this tour was a small group tour, so I didn't have to feel like I was a part of a rowdy pub crawl. As a bartender myself, I know how annoying those can be, and this tour definitely felt more like a small group of friends on a night out. Hunter was an excellent tour guide with a genuine love for New Orleans and cocktail culture and history. All the information on the tour was fascinating, and maybe most importantly, the drinks were great! I felt this tour was a great value for the quality of the tour and the cocktails that were included. I especially loved that there was time to chat with the rest of our tour group. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to know more about cocktail culture in New Orleans.

gsus4luv

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome Tour!! Great drinks and Great friends. Outstanding Guide....she was magnificent! I will do this one again when we get to New Orleans next year!

Don K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour, any one truly interested in the history of New Orleans should take this tour.

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