Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour
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Enjoy some classy cocktail samples in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter and get to grips with the city’s outstanding cocktail culture. Avoid the tourist traps and visit a heady mix of famous spots, historic haunts, and hidden gems with us. You’ll learn about cocktail folklore and hear stories about the ‘The Big Easy,’ both old and new, as you sip away at our favorite local concoctions.
Our guide to Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour
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 your first stop, you will travel back to the 1700s and visit a bar that used to entertain some of the most eccentric characters in New Orleans history. Here, you 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, you 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, you will taste another classic New Orleans invention, while exploring some of the oldest bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. You will 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, you 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.
Jackson Square (next to Andrew Jackson statue), 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
2.00 PM, 5.00 PM
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans Cocktail Tour
- To ensure a more personal experience, group sizes are limited to 10 passengers.
- CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
- Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
- As of Monday, August 16, 2021: ALL guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results in order to join their tour, as ordered by the City of New Orleans. Please visit ready.nola.gov/covid for more information.