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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 
Orleans. 

Highlights

  • 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

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Well worth the tour, it's very informative and enjoyable. The tour guides are so passionate about their town and it's history.

jkease01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tourguide, Brian, was very professional, knowledgable and also had some pretty good jokes. The tour includes a healthy mix of history and libations to ensure all will have an enjoyable time.

Jaime H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Sandy made this tour fantastic. It was a great way to see a bunch of unique locations in the French Quarter, and she provided us with great facts about the drinks and the places we were seeing. She was also really great at working with all of the different tastes in our group. Definitely one of the best tours I've been on in New Orleans. I'd highly recommend.

arychalsky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour is more than just cocktails- it's an awesome history lesson about all of the awesome things that you probably didn't know came from NOLA. Joe was our tour guide and he was tremendous. He's been doing the job for 15 years and his knowledge about what happened here was fantastic! Really enjoyed this and would absolutely book it again.

Sheri R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Joe was fantastic. He was a wealth of knowledge about each bar/restaurant we visited. He gave us background on the many cocktails we were able to purchase. We were able to go into spots which are not a many tours. Great Fun!

Margaret B E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I was a little hesitant to book this but, because you order your own drinks, it seemed like an amazing deal. Frankly, raise the price on this, Viator, as long as every docent is Joe. Not only does he know his stuff, he wrote the book on it. Very interesting tour that takes you behind the scenes at several iconic bars. I bought just exactly what I wanted to drink while soaking up the lore of New Orleans drink culture.

Sherry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide, Joe, was fabulous. He actually wrote the book on New Orleans cocktails. Our stops were entertaining, interesting and educational. He was far superior to the cocktail tour guide I had 5 years ago. Joe knows all the history of the bars and cocktails in New Orleans, including their architecture. Delightful tour!

Cheryl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide was very knowledgeable about New Orleans history and cocktails. Had a blast!!! Second time we took this tour and went to different locations and had new cocktails! Well worth every penny

karenalex67 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was one of the best tours by far. Our tour guide Joe, was so knowledgeable and we had a blast. I would recommend this tour and we would take it again!

Tiffany A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent experience

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