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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 - cocktail included at each. 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

730 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

We meet inside Patrick's Bar Vin, located at 730 Bienville St, New Orleans

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

730 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

We typically end the tour at the Bourbon "O" Jazz Bar, located at 730 Bourbon St.

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! Next, travel along 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.

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
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • All venues subject to change based on availability
  • Must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine, or a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test within 72 hours to enter venues.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Doctor Gumbo Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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
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 policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.

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  • "Highly recommended and the perfect start to a great evening." See review

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History and cocktails mix well
Amber_L
, Jan 2022
Nate was very good. Highly recommend. Nate was very knowledgeable on many aspects of history of New Orleans not just the drinks. Great conversation and the drinks were amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks Amber! Dylan Owner | Doctor Gumbo Tours
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We had great time! Our...
Cece_E
, Jan 2022
We had great time! Our tour guide, Beth, was wonderful! We had cocktails at 4 different places. We would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Cece! Dylan Owner | Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Amazing Stories Fantastic Drinks!
William_S
, Jan 2022
Great stories and wonderful drinks. Very knowledgeable guide. I had never been to any of these bars and I had been on another drinking tour 4 years ago. Every bar was great!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you William! We've had to significantly redesign the tour to pivot during the pandemic, and we feel it's better now than ever! Glad you enjoyed all of the history, cocktails and venues. Dylan Owner | Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
So much fun!
Jordan_B
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide was AMAZING! She was funny, gave us so much history of the city and how the drinks came about , and overall entertaining! We enjoyed this so much ! Plenty of laughs , mixed with delicious drinks… amazing night !
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Jordan!
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Beth was great and her...
CynthiaD_M
, Dec 2021
Beth was great and her knowledge of the drinks that were given to us was incredible. Thanks for the tip about Nola the poboy was great.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you Cynthia!!!
star-5
Great tour. 5 stars!
CHRIS_W
, Dec 2021
We have never been on a tour like this and didn’t know what to expect. We we extremely happy with our tour guide Beth, she has vast knowledge and a great sense of humor. The drinks were generous in size and you never had to wait in line for anything. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-4
Sip and savor on this tour
Lisa_F
, Dec 2021
Was a little disappointed in how the tour started. The first stop had a Christmas party and wedding going on and no room for our group to sit. We had to take our drinks to go. Overall we had a good time and tried drinks that we would have never tried normally. Beth our tour guide was good.
star-5
Amazing experience very...
Estela_P
, Nov 2021
Amazing experience very well guided for our hostess Beth, lots of knowledge… we’ll never forget it!! Thanks Beth!!!
star-5
must do experience
Bryan_B
, Nov 2021
Beth was a fantastic guide. extremely knowledgeable, friendly, humorous. by far the best tour we did in NOLA. small group of great people lead by a great guide.. highly recommend Beth and this tour
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you Bryan!
star-5
Great tour! Don’t miss this one.
RobertKenneth_S
, Oct 2021
Beth was great! She was knowledgeable and personable. I grew up in New Orleans, and she showed us places I never knew about. The drinks were generous and excellent. A great tour.

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