• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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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

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

juhunter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Mary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Deborah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!!

Clinton M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!

Kathy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Nakisha T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

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

Mathew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Alot of fun with a very knowledgeable and social host! Well worth it, especially if you are new to the city.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour guide. Great tour. Lots of fun!

Nike L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

If you are a solo traveler and looking to make friends, learn history and have a good time, this tour is for you :D Nothing like some good spirits to uplift the spirits! Cheers!

steelwoman.mg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was awesome. Learned lots of history about alcohol, laughed, had some interesting drinks and met great people. A bit of advice make sure to eat before you start the tour.

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