Guided tour

New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

Activity provider: Doctor Gumbo Tours
Guided tour

New Orleans: Early Evening Cocktail History Tour

Activity provider: Doctor Gumbo Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Join this tour through New Orleans’ historic and fascinating history of cocktails, and sample them along the way.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Belly up to the oldest stand-up bar in the United States
  • Get the real scoop on absinthe
  • Discover the origins of the Sazerac
  • Learn where the Grasshopper was invented
  • Enjoy your guide's narrative on the "big picture" history of Cocktails
Full description
Your night of cultured imbibing begins as evening arrives in the French Quarter. Meet your lively guide and start your 3‐hour tour with a cocktail in a tiki-themed hidden oasis.  You begin the tour with the first popular drink containing booze: a homemade rum punch! Your second visit will be to SoBou, a local favorite that’s part of the acclaimed Commander’s Palace family. There, try the classic Sazerac, a recipe attributed to a Creole apothecarist in the 19th Century – when cocktails constituted as medicine! While at SoBou you will also enjoy another pre-Civil War drink: the 1852 Brandy Crusta! Then head to Tujague's for creative cocktails invented just prior to Prohibition. Sample a sweet, minty Grasshopper – invented here! – or the Champagne-topped French 75. Your final stop is the Bourbon 'O' Bar for the obscure yet beloved Roffignac highball, a nod to the city’s last French‐born mayor. The last venue (Bourbon 'O' Bar) not only features local food but also a live local jazz band beginning at 8pm!
  • Local guide
  • 4 cocktails
  • Gratuities to servers/bartenders
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuity to guide (optional)

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Meeting point

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

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • You must be 21 or over. Guide may request ID.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 29 reviews

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We’ve done many cocktail tours in NOLA….this one was by far the best. We enjoyed the drinks, but our hostess shared things we had never heard on other cocktail tours. Her knowledge of libations, history and the city are second to none. Take this tour - you won’t regret it!

October 31, 2021

Beth knows her shit! She has read the history books and articles, so we didn’t have to, but could tell us in ways that made us appreciate each drink a bit more. I highly recommend this tour!

January 22, 2023

This was the highlight of our trip to New Orleans. It was super fun! Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable

December 2, 2022

Product ID: 76234