Guided tour

New Orleans Original Cocktail Late Afternoon Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

32 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans
Guided tour

New Orleans Original Cocktail Late Afternoon Walking Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans

From US$ 68 per person

Drink in the rich history of New Orleans as you explore the French Quarter, where the hour is always happy. Come see why New Orleans is #MoreThanBourbonStreet!

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Visit 4 famous bars in the historic French Quarter
  • Hear classic stories of New Orleans and her rich history
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour with a local, licensed guide
  • Taste some of the most infamous cocktails that originated in New Orleans
  • Enjoy 3 classic cocktails along the way
Full description
Welcome to entertainment at its finest. Your tour begins from Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River, where an experienced guide will entertain you with classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here, and the characters that brought them to life. Enter the Court of Two Sisters’ Carriageway Bar through the charm gates, wrought in Spain and blessed by Queen Isabella. Now a restaurant world famous for its jazz brunch and courtyard canopied by a 130 year old wisteria vine, the block has maintained a lively history since 1726. Relax in the former residence of Antoine Peychaud, the Creole apothecary who prescribed and dispensed his patented herbal Peychaud's Bitters, which would later become the key ingredient in the Sazerac, America’s first cocktail and the official cocktail of New Orleans. At the intersection of two cobblestone alleys in the shadows of the St. Louis Cathedral, is a legendary pirate hangout. There you’ll meet the “green fairy” known as Absinthe, the mystical herbal elixir that induced intoxicating creativity in many authors, artists, poets and musicians. There’s nothing like soul-stirring jazz to raise your spirits. Your tour ends on a high note at Fritzel's, not your typical dive bar. This jazz pub features the who’s who of New Orleans jazz, drawing jazz aficionados from around the world. You're welcome to stay for the show, then walk to dinner at one of many fine French Quarter restaurants nearby.
  • 2.5 hour guided walking tour with a local, licensed guide
  • 4 stops at iconic French Quarter establishments
  • 3 classic cocktails, including taxes and service gratuities
  • Tour guide gratuity (optional)
  • Food
  • Additional beverages are available for purchase

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the Gray Line Lighthouse - 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA - (behind Jax Brewery) at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure to exchange your voucher for a tour ticket.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • You must be 21 years of age or older to take this tour.
  • Additional beverages are available for purchase along the tour route.
  • This is a walking tour on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes! During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing, caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.
  • Due to the historic nature of the tour, some venues have steps and are not fully accessible to guests traveling in wheelchairs. Special arrangements can be made with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • Please meet at the departure location 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 32 reviews

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This is a very informative tour, lots of history and not a lot of emphasis on the cocktails. We were able to buy several drinks along the way if you wanted, I was disappointed in most of the drinks, even if they were supposed to be "famous", they were over priced for what they were. But our guide, Dionne, was a great source of information and it was easy to tell that she was having a good time informing the group about all the history of New Orleans and the French Quarter. She made the tour a great experience! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

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May 30, 2022

We knew it would be fun and it defitnitely exceeded our expectations!

Brian took us to the bars at all the old famous restaurants for their special libation- Antoine's -Sazerac, Broussard's -Pimms Cup, Hotel Monteleone - Vieux Carre and Court of Two Sisters -Bayou Bash! I'm not really a whiskey drinker but these were good drinks! We also got some family stories and history of the buildings. Very enjoyable.

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January 17, 2016

Such an interesting tour, and Joe was brilliant

I had a great time on the tour, learning about the fascinating history of New Orleans and getting to see behind the scenes of some of the most iconic restaurants in the city. Joe was very entertaining and well informed and he made the tour what it was. Thoroughly recommended.

March 19, 2015

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