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The Big Easy takes food and nightlife seriously, so it’s no surprise that its history can be told over a few key cocktails. During Gray Line New Orleans’ Original Cocktail Walking Tour, visitors spend the afternoon wandering through some of the French Quarter’s most famous bars and oldest restaurants in pursuit of the story — and spirit — behind every drink.
Clients on the tour will learn the recipes of New Orleans’ most popular mixed drinks, and they’ll be entertained with classic stories about the famous concoctions, as well as the unique characters who brought them to life. The guided tour also offers an inside peek at various wine cellars and private dining rooms in the city’s historic restaurants.
A complimentary cocktail is included, though clients have many opportunities to purchase additional beverages if they desire. Locations visited on the tour include Napoleon House for a Pimm’s Cup, Antoine’s Restaurant for a Sazerac, The Court of Two Sisters to sip Southern Comfort and Pirates Alley Cafe to sample absinthe.
The 2.5-hour tour runs seven days a week, starts at 4 p.m. daily and departs from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, located on Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River in the French Quarter. Due to uneven sidewalks and streets, comfortable shoes are recommended, and during the warmer months, umbrellas and light-colored clothing and hats are suggested.
Participants must be 21 or over. The cost is $29 per person or $26 per person if in a group of 10 or more. Travel agent commission is offered.