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New Orleans Original Cocktail Walking Tour

From US$31.00
  • Learn about classic cocktails and New Orleans’ history in one tour 
  • Try cocktails (own expense) at a handpicked selection of bars 
  • Talk to talented mixologists about their cocktail-making process 
  • Get info on the best places to eat and drink during the rest of your stay
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Get a drink-focused insider tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. Leave the navigation to your guide as you hit up the area’s historic bars and restaurants and have the option to taste classic cocktails. You’ll learn about the sometimes scandalous history of the quarter’s drinking culture and come away with ideas about where to to return during the rest of your stay.
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Head to the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, centrally located in the French Quarter, to meet your guide. Please note that some finer establishments prohibit cut-off shorts or tank tops, so dress accordingly.
Take off down the street and listen to your guide explain how New Orleans’ architectural style developed. Stop at several handpicked bars, each legendary in its own right, and learn the origins of some classic New Orleans cocktails, such as the Sazerac. Drinks are available for purchase, handmade by expert mixologists, at each stop.
Make a stop at Tujague’s, a historic Creole restaurant (the oldest in the city). As your guide provides commentary on its history, you can purchase a Grasshopper, which was invented here. Step down into its wine cellars and dining room, in operation since 1856.
Return to your starting point, armed with the eating and drinking information you need for the rest of your visit.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

met older female tour guide at starting point, there was some confusion and tour didn't start until after 4, also said guys are tied up so this women was doing tour. women was nice had a lot of knowledge of NO, but tried hard but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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AdrienneGLNOSC, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Pete. The tour guides for the Cocktail Walking Tour and both men and women. We have a tour at 3pm and one at 4pm - so I am not sure which one you were on and would love to hear about any "confusion" you experienced....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You could walk to these bars on your own. Don't need to pay $30 (plus gratuity which is expected) for a guide to take you to a bar and tell you what to drink. Don't forget, You have to pay for your own cocktails too....More

1  Thank kkaramchandani
Reviewed 26 March 2019

If you are fortunate you will have Joe Gendusa as your guide through the French Quarter for the cocktail tour. Joe was both intertaining and informative as we toured the various locals and discovered the history of some of the most famous drinks of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MCFisher
Reviewed 20 March 2019

Traveled to New Orleans with my daughter...WOW!!! Amazing, amazing, amazing tour with Joe. Huge wealth of knowledge. The cocktails were just the added bonus. If you do this tour ask for him...you will learn more than you ever expected, and have cocktails while doing it!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 17 March 2019 via mobile

It was one of the best walking tours I have been on here. Our guide Joe was so knowledgeable and fun. He has even written a book about history of the cocktail and New Orleans. The featured drinks were delight and fun to learn about!...More

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30 March 2019|
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Response from KathieS1 | Reviewed this property |
If you are able to navigate the streets of the French Quarter you should be okay. Most of the places we went we stayed on the first floor but some had a step up. I advise to call ahead.
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1 March 2019|
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Response from KathieS1 | Reviewed this property |
Our group was about 15.
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5 February 2019|
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Response from prucat | Reviewed this property |
Yes you have a welcome drink. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour as you go to bars that you would never find on your own. I guess whether its really good fun will depend on the tour guide
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