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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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New Orleans, United States

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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).
  • 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
  • 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
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4 cocktails
4 venues
Local Guide
Food (food is available for purchase at some stops)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Tiki Tolteca, 301 N Peters St 2nd floor, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

Bourbon O Bar, 730 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Your night of cultured imbibing begins as evening arrives in the French Quarter. Head to Tiki Tolteca to meet your lively guide and start your 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 medicine! Then head Tujague’s, the oldest authentic Creole restaurant in New Orleans, serving loyal locals since 1856. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – or a French 75: brandy and Champagne with lemon and simple syrup.

Your final stop is at Bourbon “O” Jazz Bar to sample the obscure yet beloved Roffignac cocktail, a nod to the city’s last French‐born mayor.  If you’re in need of some tasty nibbles, stay on (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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
Meet your guide upstairs at Tiki Tolteca, a hidden tiki-themed oasis, to start your tour. Your local guide presents a fun and fascinating introduction to New Orleans’ and the world's cocktail culture as you sip your first drink. The tour begins with a refreshing, rum-laced Mai Tai inspired by the English sailors working in the 1600's Indian spice trade. 
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chartres Street
Next, turn the corner to visit SoBou, where you sample the official cocktail of New Orleans: the Sazerac, a drink that comes from a 19th-century recipe. Additionally you will be served another pre-Civil War libation known as the Brandy Crusta: a potent concoction of brandy, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and bitters.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Jackson Square
En route to your third destination, pass through historic Jackson Square to discuss the sophistication of early 20th century bartending.
Stop At:  
Tujague's
Then step into Tujague’s, the oldest continuously operating stand-up bar in the United States. Serving food and drink since 1856, Tujague’s invented your next drink: the Grasshopper Cocktail from 1919. Sip one of the sweet, velvety Grasshoppers, or possibly try the French 75 cocktail, another pre-Prohibition drink featuring brandy, champagne, lemon juice and homemade simple syrup.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
St. Louis Cathedral
Pass by one of America's oldest active Catholic churches en route to Pirate's Alley.
Stop At:  
Royal Street
After soaking up the antique charm of Tujague's, pass by an absinthe bar where your guide explains the story of this legendary liquor.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bourbon O
Then continue to your final destination of the tour: the luxurious Bourbon "O" Jazz Bar, located inside the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Your beverage here is the little-known Roffignac highball cocktail. Made from a 19th-century recipe, the Bourbon "O" Bar makes their refreshing Roffignac with raspberry liqueur and brandy. Expect to walk about one mile during your 3-hour tour in a friendly social atmosphere inspired by your entertaining guide. Four cocktails are included, one at each stop. Your tour ends at the Bourbon "O" Bar, which features nightly live jazz at 8pm as well as a limited food menu. Or you can move on to explore the lively nightlife of nearby Frenchmen Street on your own (or with your new friends!).
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Almost all cocktails are vegan-friendly
  • Walk is approximately 1-mile
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Doctor Gumbo Tours

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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Well worth it, especially if you are new to the city." See review
  • "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!" See review

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Cocktail Tour
Nicole_L
, Mar 2020
Our guide was enthusiastic, seemed to love his job, and seemed to have a lot of knowledge. Very fun group! Great cocktails.
star-4
Super fun!
Tara
, Mar 2020
What a great tour! Fun guide, great people and yummy drinks. We tried some drinks that we normally wouldn't try but enjoyed very much. Highly recommend!
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Cocktails
Karin
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide was great, very knowledgeable, and fun!! We enjoyed this tour very much and had some Awesome drinks too! Thank you!
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The best way to drink in New Orleans
Brant_O
, Feb 2020
Lauren was fantastic! This tour was educational, fun, with plenty to drink. It’s easy to drink in New Orleans, but this the best way to do it.
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Lots of History!
mkline725
, Jan 2020
Although the cocktails themselves left something to be desired (in my opinion), the commentary on the history of the quarter, the cocktails, and traditions provided by our guide Beth were fantastic!! You could tell how passionate and knowledgeable she was about the subject matter. Getting to go out on the balcony at the Old Absinthe House was a tour highlight.
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Fun and informative cocktail tour
andrewb77
, Jan 2020
Beth was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Drinks were great too! Everyone on the tour were nice.
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Cocktail tour
bethcolucci
, Jan 2020
A very small group which made it fun! Good choice of drinks. I was unable to finish them all but this didn’t take away from the experience. Great way to learn about the French Quarter. Ben was fabulous!
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Great Tour
katiehuppi
, Dec 2019
This was a great tour. The tour guide Marc was great and very easy to talk to. The information given was interesting and appropriately spaced out.
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Awesome
meghan256
, Dec 2019
Really fun tour! Absolutely worth the cost. The drinks were all tasty and strong!! And the guide was very knowledgeable.
star-4
Nice relaxing, cocktails and historic tour
denisemQ2301RB
, Dec 2019
Ben was our guide for the evening. He was very knowledgeable about New Orleans history and it’s cocktails. Nice tour to do with couples. Would definitely recommend doing.

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