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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

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!

Yvonne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I love this tour. I did it about ten years ago and we went to totally different bars/restaurants this time with totally different drinks, stories, bar history etc. Same WONDERFUL guide. This time we were on the tour when New Orleans was experiencing extremely heavy rain. Our guide handed out little ponchos and off we went. We all got wet walking in the flooded streets, but the tour was still FANTASTIC!

Steve T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

An excellent tour! Our guide Joe really knew his stuff and really knows his craft. As I just finished training as a New Orleans tour guide myself, I think I would know. The four bars he took us to were well chosen, and he really knew their history. The featured drink at each stop was a new one to me, and I've lived here for years! The visit to the legendary Antoine's was especially memorable, and gave me a chance to try a Sazerac, which I've wanted to for some time. It's good! And the humble Pirate's Alley Café let me try absinthe prepared properly. Since Joe said he varies the itinerary with every tour, I will definitely be repeating this.

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!

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