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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
Patrick’s Bar Vin , 730 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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

5:00 PM
Bourbon 'O' Bar , Inside Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 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 inside Patrick's Bar Vin, a luxurious wine bar adjacent to a beautiful courtyard, 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, grapefruit spiced Rum Punch 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter.
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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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  • "Highly recommended and the perfect start to a great evening." See review

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star-5
Fantastic experience
Katie_L
, Aug 2022
We had a fantastic experience. Our tour guide, Mike was great. We learned a lot about the history of cocktails as well as other interesting insights into the city and culture of New Orleans. The drinks were generous and tasty. We would definitely do this tour again.
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Jana_J
, Jul 2022
Beth was an amazing tour guide. As someone who regularly uses tours, this was by far one of the best we’ve ever been on. Book it with Beth!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Jana!
star-5
Fun, informative and a must do!
Lisa_M
, Jul 2022
Beth was an amazing guide! We had a blast with 8 other people. Bonus that we all randomly got along! Great way to learn some history and enjoy local cocktails!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Lisa!! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Best Ever
vilma_w
, Jun 2022
Her mixology was great ! She pick great places! And her friendliness was unique. At the lat bar , the music, cocktails and ambiance was great
star-5
Excellent way to unwind & learn some history of the area while enjoying some wondeful adult beverages.
Muirne_T
, Jun 2022
Fabulous! We did this tour our first night to help unwind. Warning, you must enjoy cocktails and history to enjoy this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. He put everyone at ease and had us all laughing and talking like old friends, before the alcohol kicked in! The tour consisted of stops at some historical French Quarter high end bars. We got a history of mixology & cocktails from Europe to America, how they came to be, what makes one a 'cocktail' historical uses and more. Our guide covered the dry spell from WW!, through prohibition and into the present. We also got a brief history of each of the bars we visited and the specialist drinks served. The drinks were VERY refreshing and let's just say none of the bartenders skimped on the alcohol in each drink. I definitely recommend this tour as a nice way to unwind, learn about the area and meet new people.
star-5
A must do.
Grace_T
, Jun 2022
Nate was great. Awesome guide. Very considerate and knowledgeable. He shared a lot of history about the cocktails we had.
star-5
The tour guide Beth was...
Jill_g
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Beth was funny and knowledgeable. Have a great time. The group of people on the tour were great to hang out with
star-5
The best!
Renee_R
, Jun 2022
Fantastic Tour! Beth was great! We learned & drank a lot ;) not too much walking and very interesting history.
star-5
Great guide, good time
Emily_H
, Jun 2022
Beth was an excellent guide with great facts and stories. The drinks were excellent. We loved each stop. Definitely worth the money, no doubt.
star-5
Great tour!
Michael_R
, Jun 2022
Beth was a great guide for the history of the cocktails of New Orleans! We learned a lot of interesting facts about the area and the history of alcohol consumption.
star-5
Brandy Crusta!!!!
Sharon_S
, Jun 2022
Beth was our tour guide… exceptional is the least compliment I can give!! She was wonderful, knowledgeable and such a delight!!!! My friend and I feel like we made a friend for life! Her knowledge of cocktails and history, remarkable!!! She is amazing!
star-5
A trip highlight
Arlene_K
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Beth, was great. She had a wide and deep amount of cocktail and history knowledge. Very personable and organized. Thanks, Beth!
star-5
Perfect! Will tell my friends!
Mauri_W
, May 2022
Our experience was perfect. Lots of information, great drinks and a great tour guide! Would highly recommend.
star-5
Fun time
Darci_D
, May 2022
It was a GREAT tour! Nate did a wonderful job! We had a small group and the weather was rainy but we made the best of it ❤️
star-4
Good Drinks!
Theresa_K
, May 2022
I love to history of the drink. In fact I wish she would of given more detailed stories. The group was friendly and you meet a lot of people from all over the US.
star-5
Don’t miss this one
Oded_G
, May 2022
Beth was amazing. I highly recommend this tour as it combines great venues, great drinks and great stories. Don’t miss this one.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Super cocktail tour
Eva_B
, May 2022
I was prepared for a random tour. Instead I got a very well researched history of the subject, atmosphere conducive to new friendships and camaraderie, great surroundings and awesome drinks. The best experience in years! Erna
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Wow! This is such a pleasure to read, thanks! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Hostess with the Mostest
Kate_J
, May 2022
Amazing stories and history lesson from a great story teller. Local drinks with some flare and Beth really helped us see some local spots. Highly Recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I love this review title...thanks!! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
So much fun!
Cathy_T
, Apr 2022
We had a blast! Would definitely recommend! Beth was our guide and did an excellent job. We started at Patrick’s Bar Vin and got to see a NOLA Wedding Parade as well as meet the wonderful bar owner, Patrick. The other stops were short walks around the French Quarter. By the time we ended up at the Bourbon O Bar, our group had become fast friends! We all got a bite to eat and then went dancing for the night! I would recommend eating before you go, since you will have 4 cocktails on the tour and by the end we all we hungry. They had small bites at the last bar which was wonderful. We ran into Beth the next day and she actually knew our names! What a great way to meet new friends and see the French Quarter!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Cathy! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours
star-5
Drinks + people = awesome
Alex_P
, Apr 2022
To us, the people that your tour with will always be the highlight of the tour. We had a great time with our group. Our guide was a fun and knowledgeable guy and the drinks were very refreshing. We’ll definitely do this in the future!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Alex! Dylan Owner, Doctor Gumbo Tours

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