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New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

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New Orleans, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Discover New Orleans ‘spirited’ side on a fun and informative cocktail tour! You’ll rub shoulders with local imbibers at historic bars and restaurants and have the option to sip on classic concoctions like the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. Immerse yourself in the stories from your guide and savvy mixologists, and learn the famous – and sometimes scandalous – histories of drink and drinking culture in New Orleans.
  • 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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Guided New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour
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Gratuities
Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)

Departure Point

Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Time

4:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your journey through the ‘spirits’ of New Orleans begins in the French Quarter. In mid‐afternoon, meet at the Lighthouse at the Steamship Natchez dock, 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 an enjoyable time visiting historic local haunts.

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 Antoine's Restaurant, the oldest family restaurant in New Orleans, and tour its historic private dining rooms and collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
French Quarter
Embark on your exploration of New Orleans’ cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city’s French Quarter. Your group of like-minded 21-and-up revelers will travel the neighborhood’s historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture. While it’s easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass. You’ll also get an inside peek into the city’s oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that’s as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history—with a twist!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Antoine's Restaurant
Go inside the private dining rooms of America's oldest family restaurant and see memorabilia and exhibits of the kings and queens of Mardi Gras. Purchase a cocktail at Hermes Bar.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Due to the historic nature of the tour, some venues are not accessible to guests traveling in wheelchairs. Special arrangements can be made with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You do have to pay for your drinks on the tour so do not overlook that when you schedule." See review
  • "Sign up and go, you will have a great time." See review
  • "While we drank at every location, it was very optional, and this would be an amazing tour even without the delicious beverages." See review

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Sandra_A
, Mar 2020
Joe was an amazing wealth of knowledge and a joy to spend the afternoon with. We loved walking through the streets of New Orleans and sampling the historic cocktails. Be prepared to pay for your own drinks. Would have appreciated being able to actually sample the drinks before purchasing, but still would go again!
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Antoine’s Restaurant
ashleyschilling15
, Jan 2020
Decided to take this tour on our girls trip. Had a blast. The drinks were tasty and we enjoyed learning a little bit about the history of the restaurant and New Orleans. We loved our tour guide Sandi.
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We loved joe!
Kristina G
, Dec 2019
joe was excellent! We loved learning about the history and background on some of the cocktails and New Orleans in general! We would defiantly do this again and recommend to everyone.
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Informative & Fun!
Michael W
, Dec 2019
Sandi was a magnificent guide. I learned a lot about the French Quarter and the cocktails that originated there, had some fun conversations, and drank some truly wonderful drinks!
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Rain can't stop us!
Sightseer63096713574
, Oct 2019
This was our second cocktail tour with Brian. Great history lessons and cocktail recommendations. 4 different classic nola stops each tour.
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Walking Cocktail tour
janiceross52
, Oct 2019
Dionne was knowledgeable and entertaining! We loved seeing Antione’s. Will try to go eat there on our next visit.
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Great tour of some classic and historic bars/restaurants
jermsanchez
, Sep 2019
If you get Sandy as a tour guide, she is great! Very knowledgeable, friendly and easy going. We had a great time! Just FYI, you buy your own drinks (of course). But, you get a great tour of some classic and historic bars/restaurants around the french quarter New Orleans area that you probably wouldn't realize are there. Some really great places and some really good drinks!
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Original Cocktail Walking Tour
lmouzon69
, Aug 2019
The tour was great and Sandi was amazing!! You do have to purchase your own cocktails but you are free to choose which one you want.
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Knowledgeable Tour Guide
dlwlssd
, Jun 2019
This cocktail tour isn’t a “party” tour. It is a history tour that also introduces you to the origins of certain cocktails. We learned a lot of interesting facts about NOLA that we didn’t know...and we have been to NOLA several times. Donna, our tour guide, was a walking history book and answered any questions we had. We had a cocktail at every stop! We would recommend this tour😊
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Cocktail tour with Sandi
Nls1610
, May 2019
What a unique experience! Wouldn’t have been half as much fun without Sandi. She was a riot, told great stories & was so much fun! She makes that tour with her personality. So happy to have met her & learned some great history.
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