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New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in the stories from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.
  • 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

What's Included

  • Guided New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

Start time

04:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your journey through the ‘spirits’ of New Orleans begins in the French Quarter. In mid‐afternoon, meet at the Lighthouse at the Steamship Natchez dock, 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 an enjoyable time visiting historic local haunts.

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 Antoine's Restaurant, the oldest family restaurant in New Orleans, and tour its historic private dining rooms and collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia 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.

French Quarter

Embark on your exploration of New Orleans’ cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city’s French Quarter. Your group of like-minded 21-and-up revelers will travel the neighborhood’s historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture. While it’s easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass. You’ll also get an inside peek into the city’s oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that’s as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history—with a twist!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Antoine's Restaurant

Go inside the private dining rooms of America's oldest family restaurant and see memorabilia and exhibits of the kings and queens of Mardi Gras. Purchase a cocktail at Hermes Bar.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Due to the historic nature of the tour, some venues are not accessible to guests traveling in wheelchairs. Special arrangements can be made with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:When do you recommend that I take the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:Take this tour on your first day in town to find out the places you must visit! Your guide will show you all the best hot spots and recommend the very best drinks in each location!

Jun 2021

Q:What is the departure point for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear during the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts. During warmer months caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:This tour departs on time! Please arrive with the printed copy of your ticket at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

Jun 2021

Q:Are drinks included in the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour price?

A:Drinks are not included, however, they are available for purchase in any of the spots visited during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Are children allowed on the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:Due to the nature of the tour, all guests must be 21 or over.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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While we drank at every location, it was very optional, and this would be an amazing tour even without the delicious beverages.
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Lovely, relaxed evening sampling and getting insider tips!
Jennifer_S, Sep 2022
Tom was our tour guide and is very thorough. He has great historical information. We learned not only about the restaurants and bars we visited as well as the concoctions we tried, but about the surrounding area with fun anecdotes as well.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Tom knows how to share with our guests. His vast knowledge of legendary cocktails along with humorous anecdotes can make his tour one that should not be missed.
Totally worth it… ask for Tom the Tour Guide
Brian_M, Aug 2022
Tom was an amazing guide! Knowledgeable, friendly, and proud of New Orleans he made our cocktail tour the best experience here! Thanks Tom!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
We will share that thanks with Tom as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour. The guide was...
Bridgette_T, Jul 2022
Great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable as well as accommodating. We experienced a good time while enjoying good drinks.
Hosia_P, Jun 2022
It was not what I expected. Why pay for drinks when you payed for a drinking tour which it supposed to be included. The last drinking tour I went on it was included and it was a history behind each drink you had. So I was very disappointed with this your.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved this tour!
Jennifer_H, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Jim was amazing! He was very knowledge about cocktail history and had plenty of other history things to tell us about along the way. I'd suggest this to anyone who wants to enjoy drinks with the locals.
Response from Host, May 2022
Jim has the stories and the excellent way to share them.
Fun way to get a history...
Amber_R, Apr 2022
Fun way to get a history of the city!! Drinks were great and our tour guide was fantastic. One piece of advice: Wear comfy shoes!!
Response from Host, May 2022
Goof review and good advice
Fun tour!
Carlyn_H, Apr 2022
Elizabeth was fun and informative. She gave us a great tour. She went above and beyond to make sure our group got everything in.
Response from Host, May 2022
A lesson in cocktails!
Tony_O, Apr 2022
Sean was a very knowledgeable host and made the adventure fun. He not only brought us to some cool spots, but brought them to life with stories about the place, the neighborhood, and of course the cocktails.
Response from Host, May 2022
A lesson in southern hospitality
Fabulous tour
Ann_R, Apr 2022
Tour was a great selection of bars. Drinks were fabulous. The history was interesting. My friends and I really got to know the other folks that were on the tour and the tour guide. So much fun.
Response from Host, May 2022
We are glad to hear this
Fun & Informative
Roger_B, Mar 2022
Fun & informative. Our guide Robi was very knowledgeable & fun. Was able to buy some interesting cocktails along the way!
Great tour with some exclusive surprises!
schmottie, Mar 2022
Great tour! Been to New Orleans many times and learned some new things and got to go places I’ve never gone before. Highly recommend! Sandy was a great guide: knowledgeable, funny, and full of local insider knowledge. Lots of fun!
Drinks gone wrong!
Brenda_M, Feb 2022
Tour guide started the tour 30 minutes late. Therefore we were not able to finish the tour as we made dinner reservations. Also tour guide forgot her vaccine verification therefor unable to go inside with us for the drinks. Leaving us to figure out how to maneuver it ourselves. Very disappointed in this tour. Guide would stop to talk with in very noisy areas making it impossible to hear. Do not recommend this tour.
Fun and informative way to drink!
Jim_P, Feb 2022
Sandy was fantastic!! We had a blast! We learned so much about NOLA cocktails and where they came from. And we went to some of the best places. This is a tour that anyone that loves a cocktail will love!!
Everything was amazing...
Alicia_N, Jan 2022
Everything was amazing the hostess was very nice and funny .. very informative and interesting will definitely do again
1 traveler found this review helpful
Unique fun experience
Soozan_M, Dec 2021
The court of 2 sisters was really interesting. Sandi was our guide she was wonderful and knowledgeable about all things New Orleans
Heart Broken
Angela_S, Nov 2021
Yes, I read the rescheduling policy. My husband and I traveled from Riverview, FL, to New Orleans. We were unable to make the 4 pm November 23 arrival time due to, unfortunately, the scenario. I called to see if we could reschedule for the next day, November 24. No was the response which I understand because I read; however, we truly have lost the ability to have empathy in our customer service industry. It was my date night in a special city. The best way I see it know is a donation to Viator.
Jim was super...
Eric_D, Nov 2021
Jim was super knowledgeable and great to be around. Would definitely recommend taking. We had a great group which help as well.
Latonya_F, Nov 2021
Great tour guide, he was very informative. He knew of all the history of NOLA which was great to hear, and the group we were with was a lot of fun
Robi was an amazing...
Sheryl_M, Oct 2021
Robi was an amazing guide. He made the Craft Cocktail Walking Tour a memorable part of our NOLA experience. His love and knowledge of history is admirable. Give the man a Golden Oreo!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun Girls Weekend Activity
Lauren_W, Oct 2021
We learned so about New Orleans and cocktails from Robi and had lots of fun! I loved how knowledgeable Robi was on New Orleans history.


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