New Orleans Cocktail Tours

Tales of the Cocktail® 2024 New Orleans Cocktail Tours

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In collaboration with Wayne Curtis, a series of 8 educational walking tours will provide a wealth of knowledge and keen insight into the city’s history and cocktail scene. Enlisting special guests to help guide the tours, Wayne and his team will lead immersive experiences throughout the French Quarter. 

Cocktail Tour tickets cost $65 each.

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2024 Cocktail Tour Schedule

Monday, July 22, 2024:
  • The Big Gay Bar Tour, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Brandy/Bourbon/Bitters/Ice, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 2024:
  • Brandy/Bourbon/Bitters/Ice, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • The Big Gay Bar Tour, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24, 2024:
  • Bourbon Street & How it Got That Way, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Absinthe Tour, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2024:
  • Absinthe Tour, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Bourbon Street and How It Got That Way, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Big Gay Bar Tour

New Orleans is where you fled to if you grew up in the South but your lifestyle didn’t fit into your hometown’s lifestyle. You’ll discover the long history of gay bars in New Orleans on this walking tour of the French Quarter. Learn what makes New Orleans queer history distinctive, from bars from the late 1930s that became a welcome home to a gay clientele, to the later rise of Gay Carnival and Southern Decadence. Cocktails are available for purchase.


First time to the city? Welcome to New Orleans drinking 101, an ideal first stop to understand the city’s layered and long history with libations. The tour will cover the rise of the French Quarter as a historic nexus for all things cocktail — how the city gave rise to famous drinks like the brandy crusty, absinthe frappe, Vieux Carre, Ramos gin fizz, and Sazerac. Guests will have the option to taste some of the drinks that made New Orleans famous. Cocktails are available for purchase.

Bourbon Street & How it Got That Way

Bourbon Street is the most famous street in America and for all the wrong reasons. How did a run-of-the-mill urban thoroughfare become notorious for lurid cocktails, classic rock, and free-range drinking? This walking tour will explore the evolution of America’s drinking mall, and delve into the background of some of the iconic drinks, including the Hurricane, Hand Grenade, and Shark Attack. Cocktails are available for purchase.

Absinthe Tour

New Orleans’ historic trade connections to France meant the city enjoyed delights that were often scarce in other ports, including Bordeaux wines, brandies, and that most mysterious of drinks, absinthe. This tour will explore the ribald history of absinthe in New Orleans, from its arrival in the 1840s through its growing popularity in new drinks such as the absinthe frappe and obituary cocktail. The tour will delve into absinthe drinking rituals both actual and fabricated, and will tour several of the key absinthe destinations in the city. Cocktails are available for purchase.

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