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Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour

In New Orleans' famous French Quarter, enjoy some classy cocktails and learn about the city's amazing cocktail culture.
New Orleans, United States
Duration
Duration
2.5 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
2 pm and 5 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
21 years old
Meals
Meals
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
New Orleans
What's Included

  • Enjoy a cocktail tour of New Orleans’ famous French Quarter.
  • Visit a mix of famous spots and hidden gems and try some glorious alcoholic concoctions.
  • Local English-speaking guide, cocktail samples and a small snack.
  • Cocktail portions vary throughout the tour.
What to Expect

You’ll begin your tour in the most iconic spot in New Orleans, Jackson Square. From here, the best and most historic bars of The French Quarter are all within a stone’s throw. Don’t expect to spend much time on Bourbon Street though. While it has its place in New Orleans nightlife, we will be going beyond the tourist trail to show you what really makes New Orleans cocktail culture unique. 

 

For our first stop we will travel back to the 1700s and visit a bar which used to entertain some of the most eccentric characters in New Orleans history. Here, we will taste a famous drink of the city and learn how it has influenced New Orleans drinking culture today. 

 

In a town bearing witness to many hangovers and a place where it’s socially acceptable to drink at any time of day, it’s no surprise New Orleans has a wide range of delicious dessert-like cocktails. On this tour, we will visit one of your guide’s favorite bars and taste a drink so good you’ll forget there’s alcohol in it. 

 

Next up, we will sample the ‘official cocktail of New Orleans’: the Sazerac. One of the first cocktails ever invented, it’s definitely tasty enough to stand the test of time. We will also touch upon the topic of how medicine influenced Sazerac and other cocktails, too. 

 

From here, we will taste another classic New Orleans invention, while exploring some of the oldest bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. We’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek into a courtyard oasis, a stunning hidden feature that makes these buildings special, giving well-known customers a classy room to drink in, hidden away from plain sight. 

 

Last but not least, we will visit one of the classiest establishments in New Orleans to try one of the city’s most esteemed drinks, the Ramos Gin Fizz. You’ll learn why this drink is original and exclusive to New Orleans and witness your expert bartender making it. After your first sip, you’ll truly understand why New Orleans has been called, “the cradle of civilized drinking.” 

 

To conclude the tour, your guide will be happy to suggest even more great local creations so you can continue your tour of the extensive New Orleans cocktail trail. 

Pickup Locations
  • <p>Jackson Square (next to Andrew Jackson statue), 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116</p><p>View on <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/29%C2%B057'27.0%22N+90%C2%B003'46.8%22W/@29.9575046,-90.0651887,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2
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