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New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

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

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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Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase)
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

4:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
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.
  • 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:
When do you recommend that I take the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:Take this tour on your first day in town to find out the places you must visit! Your guide will show you all the best hot spots and recommend the very best drinks in each location!
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the departure point for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts. During warmer months caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:This tour departs on time! Please arrive with the printed copy of your ticket at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are drinks included in the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour price?
A:Drinks are not included, however, they are available for purchase in any of the spots visited during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are children allowed on the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour?
A:Due to the nature of the tour, all guests must be 21 or over.
Jun 2021
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.

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  • "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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Heart Broken
Angela_S
, Nov 2021
Yes, I read the rescheduling policy. My husband and I traveled from Riverview, FL, to New Orleans. We were unable to make the 4 pm November 23 arrival time due to, unfortunately, the scenario. I called to see if we could reschedule for the next day, November 24. No was the response which I understand because I read; however, we truly have lost the ability to have empathy in our customer service industry. It was my date night in a special city. The best way I see it know is a donation to Viator.
star-5
Jim was super...
Eric_D
, Nov 2021
Jim was super knowledgeable and great to be around. Would definitely recommend taking. We had a great group which help as well.
star-5
Awesome
Latonya_F
, Nov 2021
Great tour guide, he was very informative. He knew of all the history of NOLA which was great to hear, and the group we were with was a lot of fun
star-5
Robi was an amazing...
Sheryl_M
, Oct 2021
Robi was an amazing guide. He made the Craft Cocktail Walking Tour a memorable part of our NOLA experience. His love and knowledge of history is admirable. Give the man a Golden Oreo!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun Girls Weekend Activity
Lauren_W
, Oct 2021
We learned so about New Orleans and cocktails from Robi and had lots of fun! I loved how knowledgeable Robi was on New Orleans history.
star-5
Great experience!
Brittni_L
, Aug 2021
I have done this tour a few times, and coincidentally, have had the same tour guide each time. This past trip was my first tour with Dionne, who is an amazing tour guide. She is extremely knowledgeable, and provided a different perspective compared to previous trips taken with different tour guides. Drinking in the French quarter is always an experience, but this tour will show you hidden bars and you will learn so much about the history behind the bars and French quarter. I highly recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best tour in New Orleans
Terri_E
, Aug 2021
Tour guide Brian knew all the best places, New Orleans cocktail history including the literary history of the area. Great sense of humor too. We didn't know what to expect but couldn't stop talking about what a fun time we had afterward. Highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic tour
Susan_J
, Jul 2021
Beth was an excellent guide and we enjoyed learning about the history of cocktails and New Orleans. It was great!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
GREAT TOUR GUIDE, BARS AND DRINKS
DENISE_M
, Jun 2021
We loved Sandy, our history teacher tour guide. She was witty, salty, funny, and informative. Great drink choices, ones I have never had.
star-5
Fun & fabulous!!
shari_prisco
, Jun 2021
We had a fabulous time. This is the third time I have been on this tour and love it each and every time. I had friends that have never been to New Orleans and they loved it as well. Can’t wait till next year when we come back!!!

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