New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
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Stop At: French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
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
Stop At: Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA
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
Pass By: Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234
En route to your third destination, pass through historic Jackson Square to discuss the sophistication of early 20th century bartending.
Stop At: Tujague's, 823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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
Pass By: St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116-3291
Pass by one of America's oldest active Catholic churches en route to Pirate's Alley.
Stop At: Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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
Stop At: Bourbon O, 717 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-3189
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
- 4 cocktails
- 4 venues
- Local Guide
- Food (food is available for purchase at some stops)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Enjoyed this tour so much if I could rate it higher I would. Our guide Sam was amazing so much fun and so knowledgeble about the cocktail its history and New Orleans. A very fun filled night with excellent cocktails.
It was our first time to New Orleans and this is a most tour!! Our tour guide - was excellent - the history, he knew his stuff!! Interesting facts I/we never knew! Excellent drinks!! Great fun!! Recommend this for all!
Only issue was very confusing directions, we missed first 20 minutes trying to find the starting point. In the end we rang the tour group and they waited which was good. The actual guide was great and we had a wonderful introduction to New Orleans.
This tour was amazing!
This tour was amazing. Lindsey our tour guide was great. Not only did we receive history on cocktails, but also on New Orleans and the establishments we visited. The cocktails were delicious. We would highly recommend this tour, if you would like to take a break from Bourbon Street for a few hours.
Oh, my . . . feel in love with Sazerac and all the history of Cocktails and which ones originated in New Orleans. Thanks Ben for sharing all your knowledge with us!!
Well worth it, and we will do this again . . . especially with friends, next trip. Dr. Gumbo aka The Reverend Most Doctorly in Drink Benjamin Wisdom is a talented impresario. He weaves showmanship, comedy and serious history, local and world-wide, all the way back to 12,000 B.C. to tell the story of hard liquor through the Ages. If you have a companion, you experience six drinks in all two of which are shared, so you each enjoy four full-sized boozey beverages. The brandy crusta was a bit too sour, but the sazerac, my tai, and a number named after a NOLA mayor from past glory days were fantastic. An excellent three-hour walking tour. Excellent value. Great entertainment!
This was a great evening. It was so well organized and lots of fun. The 3 hours went by so fast but we weren't rushed. Our guide was a good historian and had a fun sense of humor. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
My tour was amazing and our tour guide Lindsey was the absolute best!!!!