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Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders withlocal imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in 2.5 hours of sampling and storytelling from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New 


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

Cocktail Tour

Your journey through the ‘spirits’ of New Orleans begins in the French Quarter. In mid‐afternoon, meet at the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, 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 the next two hours visiting historic local haunts to sampling iconic cocktails. 

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 Tujague’s, the oldest authentic Creole restaurant in New Orleans, serving loyal locals since 1856. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – and tour its historic wine cellar and dining rooms 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. 

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

this was an expensive tour if you bought all of the drinks that they talked about.. but it was GREAT!!!!! had such a blast! one of the best times i've had traveling in the U.S.

Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a fabulous time! Our guide, Sandy, was a wealth of information. This tour is a ton of fun and a great way to see some of the more famous places in the French Quarter.

Eric F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Daniel C. was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and fun. This is my second cocktail tour and will be happy to book it again.

Michelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Joe, our tour guide, it turns out wrote the tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and had great stories to share. We had a blast.

Jim Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our Guide, Joe, was a fun guide! Full of inside knowledge and character. All the stops we made were interesting and he gave us the history of all the drinks which we were able to purchase. Definitely reccomend this tour to anyone!

Sandi T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was a great way to see into the history of partying in New Orleans! We stopped at four establishments where we sampled famous drinks and got explanations of the history of the old bars and restaurants. This was History with a Twist according to our tour guide Joe Gendusa - he's written a book with that title!! He was so knowledgeable - after 4 cocktails our memory might be less than ideal, but Joe still knew his stuff. He was clearly personally acquainted with the folks at the places we stopped and was able to take us through exclusive rooms in Antoine's Restaurant. He made the tour both informative and fun. Beware the Fairy Wing - the last cocktail - the absinthe seemed to magnify the effects of the earlier cocktails!

Jacqueline D Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Definitely a way to see the best bars and most historical buildings in New Orleans. Pace yourself! LOL

Molly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide was awesome! He hit all the highlights of the Cocktail goodies. The tour was informative and fun!

Sharry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour was the highlight of my recent visit to New Orleans. My family and I really enjoyed seeing all the different bars / restaurants and hearing about the history behind them. All the drinks were delicious. Joe was absolutely the best tour guide ever. We appreciated his interaction with the group, as well as, his energy and enthusiasm as he told the stories and history of New Orleans. I, myself, am not a history fanatic, but thoroughly enjoyed this history lesson!

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Joe was one of the best tour guides I've ever had. This man knows his stuff and the tour is Awesome. Plenty of time at each stop to get a drink and learn about why you are there! I will take this tour again!

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