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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
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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

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

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

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:  
Royal Street
Travel along beautiful Royal Street to the hippest new addition to the NOLA drinking scene: Peychaud's Bar in the Maison de Ville Hotel, where you will have a choice between two delicious, historical cocktails.
Pass By:  
St. Louis Cathedral
Pass by one of America's oldest active Catholic churches en route to Pirate's Alley.
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 at time of booking
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 sanitization during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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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
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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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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Would recommend!
Corderra_S
, Jul 2021
Beth was great! Knowledgeable and entertaining. The drinks were amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour!
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Awesome
Ivette_P
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Beth was FANTASTIC! We enjoyed ourselves while getting some history but also tasting some great cocktails. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour!
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Fun times
Kimberly_F
, Jul 2021
Went with family and friends and enjoyed some good drinks with some history mixed in. Beth did a fantastic job she was knowledgeable and funny
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Cocktail Tour 5 Stars
Corinne_C
, Jul 2021
Huge thank you to Beth! She was amazing! Highly recommend taking this tour while in NOLA. The drinks were yummy too!
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Cocktail has the best meaning
Rachel_T
, Jul 2021
Beth was awesome! Took us to places with great atmosphere and drinks I never would have tried. Amazing experience
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Thank you Rachel!!
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Chill, laid back tour with cool drinks
Christopher_A
, Jun 2021
Chill vibe tour, great drinks and lots of insights by our tour guide Ben. Surprised that we got 6 drinks on the tour. Each one had a special history tied to New Orleans, which made the tour even more special.
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Great experience!
EDunn
, Jun 2021
We met at hidden bar on the second floor of Mexican restaurant. The place was so cozy and mysterious. A kind of place that only the local would know. We had Mai Tai there. After that, we walked to the newly opened bar called Peychaud and had Sazerac/ Fizz. Both cocktails were amazing and Their courtyard was beautiful. Beth is very knowledgeable about these cool hip places in New Orleans. She also shared a lot of stories about history of these cocktails, how they were made. She was very knowledgeable and very cool to hang out with. I would definitely recommend this tour!
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I'm so glad you enjoyed our Cocktail History Tour!
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Book this tour!
Camri_J
, Jun 2021
Beth was full of knowledge and good stories! We enjoyed our time and all of the cocktails!! We are so glad we booked.
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Wonderful, thank you!!
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So fun!
Erin_B
, May 2021
Beth was super knowledgeable and fun. Great atmosphere and drinks were yummy. And strong! Strongly recommend d having a full belly
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Thanks Erin!!
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Great time
Jessica_H
, May 2021
We had a great time! Beth was knowledgeable and super fun. We learned so much and had some yummy drinks! I would do this tour again!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks Jessica! We would LOVE to host you again!
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